Garage Sale Day: Maximize Your Money!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK nashville's garage sale tips

It’s no wonder National Garage Sale Day is coming up on August 12… It’s the perfect time of year to purge your unneeded belongings! You can clean house before your upcoming move, or just to make your home feel more spacious as the kids start to need their study spaces back. Unfortunately, garage sales often add up to a LOT of prep work with minimal pay off. Here are our top tips to hosting a profitable garage sale:

Time is Money

It’s easy to get bogged down by all the things you COULD do before your sale, such as individually pricing every single item with price stickers or hand making dozens of giant neon signs for the roadways. But some of these planning activities just aren’t worth your time!

When it comes to labeling items, consider the option of only pricing a few big ticket items and leaving the rest without tags. Usually, you have an idea of what each item is worth to you anyway…but you don’t really know what it will be worth to shoppers. If you don’t put a price on anything, you allow the buyer to come to you with a price that may be even higher than what you would have asked. It also gives you room to negotiate. And for small trinkets that will take forever to organize, you can set up a designated “Everything is $1” table at the corner of your sale.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleAlso, don’t waste your time before and during the sale trying to keep your clothing neatly folded as shoppers paw through the piles. Instead, invest in an inexpensive single clothing rack, or tie up some clothing line between two trees in your yard. This system also helps your customers peruse clothing more quickly and feel as if they’re in a store-like atmosphere.

Finally, you can also save some time by purchasing smaller neon posters as opposed to the big ones that require you to fill several square feet of space. Not only are the small posters just as eye-catching, but the larger posters are more difficult to secure and can flap around in the wind so drivers are unable to read them as they pass by.

Have a Party

One way to draw a larger crowd to your sale is by creating a larger sale. Invite your friends to join in your sale with their goods as well, and you’ll look twice as impressive to passersby! Drivers will be more likely to stop when they know they’ll have a wider selection to browse.

You should also keep some upbeat background music on to eliminate the awkward silence that sometimes comes with garage sales. The music will let your shoppers know they’re welcome to browse at a leisurely pace, which gives them more time to fall in love with more of your stuff.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleIt also helps to pull out any leftover party supplies you have from the kids’ last birthdays. Hang some balloons from  your mailbox and porch rail to catch attention, and even hang some streamers around in a festive way. Cover your sales tables with those $1 disposable table cloths to help items stand out from the tables and look more approachable.

Run Your Sale Like a Store

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleAs you set up your sale, think with the mind of a customer. When you go shopping, do you want to dig through piles of random items, or would you rather see items spread across the table neatly? Would you have the patience to kneel down and dig through a box on the ground, or would you prefer to see the contents laid out on a table top?

Try to set up your sales tables in aisles, like you would find at a thrift store. Have each table dedicated to specific categories of items, and order the aisles based on similar categories. For example, if your first table is full of kitchen items, it would make most sense to put bathroom or bedroom items next to it, rather than yard tools and auto parts.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips to a garage saleIn fact, you may want to set the yard tools, auto parts, and electronics of your sale closer to the sidewalk than everything else. Most boyfriends and husbands like to linger in the car or at the sidewalk as their significant others shop. But if you can catch their attention with items they enjoy shopping for, you may be able to double your clientele!

You should also set aside some time to clearly label the sizes of the clothing you sell, and then organize it in order by size and season on your rack. Customers may give up easily if they have to search through clothing that isn’t organized in any fashion, but if they know your system, they can skip to the section they need. If you’re selling accessories and jewelry, set these items up at a table next to the clothing and make sure each piece is easy to see. A pile of mismatched jewelry can be intimidating, but you can use jewelry stands, drawer organizers, or a foam board with pins to create a more visually appealing sales station.

Encourage People to Take, Take, Take

The point of your garage sale is not just to make money, but also to get rid of this stuff you don’t need anymore! There are plenty of ways you can silently push people toward buying more than they originally planned.

First, make sure you have bags on hand. If someone walking their dog stops by your sale, they’re limited in what they can buy without a bag to hold their purchases in. So for a few weeks leading up to your sale, save up your grocery and convenience store bags to re-use with your customers.

You may even want to have a “bag deal,” especially near the end of your sale. Tell your customers that when they pay $5 or $10 for a bag, they can take as many items as they can fit inside of it. This way, your customers feel like they’re getting an awesome deal while you continue to unload the junk.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleNext, remember your big ticket items can make the most money, but only if you can convince someone to go through the hassle of making space in their car to take them off your hands. (Pro Tip: Give us a call to move those belongings for them!) Before the sale begins, make sure you clean those bigger pieces of furniture up nicely so people can picture them in their home without having to mentally peel back the dust and cobwebs first. You can make those items even more enticing by offering to “throw in” something free if a buyer purchases them. For example, if someone agrees to buy your couch, throw in that cozy-looking blanket you’re selling at the home goods table. Or if they want to buy your son’s old bedroom desk, go ahead and throw in the pen organizer for free.

Also, don’t forget to have plenty of every form of change you may need. You don’t want to lose a sale because you ran out of one dollar bills too early! Keep your change in a fanny pack or apron so it’s close to you at all times and easy to access.

Finally, when you only have an hour left in the sale, put up some “50% off EVERYTHING!” signs to really encourage people to take the items they were possibly on the fence about. You may not love the idea of cutting your potential revenue in half, but think about it this way… You won’t make any money if you put those items back in your garage, and you’ll be saving a trip to the thrift store.

When the Sale is Over

Picking up donations to Park CenterWhen everything has ended and you’re trying to figure out what to do with the remaining merchandise on your lawn, check out our list of local non-profit organizations who pick up donations for free! This way, you don’t have to figure out a time and way to get to the other side of town during operating hours of a non-profit who may not even be able to take the items you want to donate.

Is there a specific non-profit you would like to help who isn’t on our list? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, and we can give you a free quote to let you know how much it would cost to transport those items with professional movers. No heavy lifting for you!

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Adding Plants to your new Apartment

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for house plants

You have just moved into a new apartment, and you’ve decided to start growing some plants. Maybe you’re feeling intimidated because you’ve never had a green thumb or kept houseplants alive before.  Have no fear–we have some easy and fun tips for adding greenery to your new home sweet home.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for filling a new apartment with plantsFirst of all, we definitely applaud your decision to add some sprouts into your life! Plants bring so much color and vibrancy into small spaces. Not only do they make your room smell and look better; they also can provide other benefits, such as growing fresh herbs for your cooking needs, or growing fruits and veggies to munch on. ​Another huge benefit of growing plant in your small space is that they help sustain better air quality. Research has also shown that being close in proximity to green plants can help reduce stress.

Unfortunately, caring for plants can sometimes come at a high price and add to your anxiety level before you reap the benefits! Here are some points to check before you decide on the types of plants you purchase:

  • What kind of soil and and planters will they need?
  • How much water does this plant need and how often?
  • Where in the house would be a good spot for them to grow?

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for plants in your new apartmentIf you are a busy working person, sometimes it’s really hard to keep up with yourself, much less your new seedlings. We suggest starting off with some easy-to-maintain plants like succulents or cacti. These require very low maintenance and provide just the right amount of color for a small space.

If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to consider that certain planters and soil can be expensive as you continue to maintain your indoor oasis. Some great idea for cheap planters are used coffee or cookie tins, aluminum cans from canned veggies, pasta sauce jars, and even old baskets. You can also avoid spending money on expensive fertilizers by using natural waste that you would otherwise throw away, such as egg shells, used coffee grounds, and fruit peels.

Once you’ve selected the plants and supplies you want to add to your apartment, be sure to maintain consistent care of each plant. Try turning your plants by a few degrees each time you water them, so each side receives an equal amount of water and sunlight. When you have to go away for a long weekend, place a new, clean sponge filled with water at the base of the planter so it won’t become too dry as you are away.

If you’re getting ready to move into your new apartment, condo, or home, give us a call or text us for a free quote at 615-248-6288! You can also find more moving tips on our website.

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Things People Forget When Moving

things people forget when moving

We’ve been moving homes, businesses, and college students for 22 years now, so we’ve seen it all! Sometimes our customers don’t have everything packed in time, or they have to keep delaying their move because of issues closing on their house, or they forget to label all their boxes and don’t know where to find anything in their new home. Here are the most common mistakes we see (and how to avoid them!) when it’s time to make your move.

Having an unorganized packing process.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers packing servicesPacking definitely takes more effort than most people assume it will when it comes time to prepare for Moving Day.  We always recommend that you begin packing up your home about a month prior to your moving date.  At that point, you may feel like you have plenty of time to get organized, but the process can be much more involved than you expect.

A few things to remember while packing:

  • You’ll want to use professional packing supplies as opposed to the “free” boxes you can pick up from grocery stores. These boxes can be dirty, contain pests, and be weakened from previous use during shipping.
  • You should also keep Moving Day necessities, such as outfits for the next week and phone chargers, separate from your other packed belongings.  The last thing you want to discover after a long day of moving is that you can’t find your toothbrush and bed sheets!
  • There are plenty of belongings you can pack weeks ahead of your moving date, such as out-of-season clothing and holiday decorations.  Sometimes packing way before you think you need to start can even help your house sell quickly.  Prospective home buyers want the homes they tour to feel open and accessible, so boxing up clutter on your bookshelves and in your toy room can make your home feel more spacious.
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK packing tipsLabel as you go, instead of waiting to pack everything first!  Sometimes it feels easier to wait until you’ve packed up a whole room before uncapping your Sharpie and labeling each box.  However, you may find that you have to move the boxes around to reach all corners of the room and accidentally mix up your belongings.  It’s definitely better to label as you go, preferably with different colors of permanent markers or stickers that help you easily identify which room each box belongs in.
  • If you get tired of packing, let the professionals do it for you!  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 to set up your packing services.

Forgetting unseen items.

Packing and moving is such a long, stressful process that it’s easy to forget about belongings that usually hide in storage closets, kitchen cabinets, and extra attic space.  About a week before your movers come to move everything, check these places in your home so you won’t leave anything behind.  We’ll often see customers forget about the top shelves in their closets, yard furniture, and their kitchen pantry.

Running out of time to clean.

You don’t want to lose your security deposit or have a new homeowner upset about moving into a mess!  Many of our customers forget to block out time in their schedules to clean their old home after the movers have transferred their belongings to the new space.  It doesn’t make sense to clean before the move because dirt and dust can stir within the house after movers walk in and out multiple times.

Another tip to consider is setting aside your cleaning supplies in one closet that you ask the movers not to load on their truck.  Keep your floor cleaner, broom and mop, glass cleaner, etc., all in this closet so you won’t have to go out and buy more or drive out to your new home to retrieve these supplies when it comes time to clean.

Not arranging elevator and parking logistics.

When you live in a congested part of town, such as The Gulch or in a high rise downtown, you may need to speak with your property manager about a parking plan for your moving truck.  Keep in mind that standard moving trucks have a 26-foot box, so you’ll want about 35-40 feet of space for them to park, roll out their ramp, and maneuver furniture.  Some buildings also require you to reserve an elevator and properly pad the elevator prior to Moving Day to avoid causing delays for other tenants or damaging the elevator’s interior.

Not scheduling caregivers.

Moving with kidsHave you considered where your children and pets will stay during the hustle and bustle of Moving Day?  If you don’t have friends or family members in town who can watch the kids and critters, be sure you don’t wait until the last minute to schedule sitters.  We also recommend that adult children who are moving their aging parents arrange a caregiver for the day, especially if your parents are suffering from memory issues that can cause extra confusion during the relocation.

Failing to schedule vendor changes.

When you’re moving your home, be sure to call your electric, gas, and water companies prior to the move so you can avoid being overcharged for utilities you no longer need at your old residence.  This is also important because you may end up moving into a dark home if you forget to set up utilities in your new place!

While you set up these essentials, be sure to also notify your Internet service provider and the Post Office about your change of address and scheduled moving date.  This is also a great time to figure out your new trash and recycling pick-up schedule.  If you move within Metro Nashville, you can set up reminders for these pick-up days until you get into a new routine.

If you’re getting ready to move your business rather than your home, you’ll also want to make sure all customers and vendors know about your move.  Post a banner announcement on your website, add a highlighted line in your email signature, and set up an auto attendant message on your phone so customers will know about the change.  Also think through all the vendors you use for regular deliveries so you can notify them of your moving date for their records.

Waiting too late to schedule the movers.

two men and a truck nashvilleUsually, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can accommodate last-minute moving requests…but sometimes waiting too late can cause our prices to rise as the schedule gets packed!  A good rule of thumb is calling 1-2 weeks prior to the date you wish to move.  This way, you may have more flexibility to take advantage of discounted days and other seasonal specials.  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for a free quote, or check out our website for other moving information!

So You’re Moving to Germantown…

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's favorite spots to visit in Germantown Nashville

So you’ve just made one of the hardest-yet-easiest decisions of your life: you decided to move to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Germantown! Within walking distance from downtown, this north Nashville neighborhood is filled with excitement in every corner. Germantown is rich with history, but it is ever changing as more people discover this charming neighborhood. Here are some of our favorite places to explore and eat in the Germantown area.

Morning Java: Coffee runs in the veins of most Nashvillians! You need to know about one of our favorite coffee shops, Red Bicycle, which has its original location right in the middle of Germantown. This delightful establishment has crepes and coffee to satisfy everyone in your family. You can also visit the Steadfast Coffee retail store and sip on locally brewed beans from Franklin, TN. Steadfast even has coffee soda for when your taste buds are feeling adventurous!

The best Nashville playgrounds near GermantownBest Playgrounds: We are so excited to let you in on our little secret, the new addition to Nashville called Cumberland Park. It has a greenway with trails for those who want to take in the views of downtown Nashville across the river, and there’s also a water play pad for kids to run around during the blistering summer heat. This park is always filled with events during the summer as well, such as the Jazz on the Cumberland series that goes on every Sunday night. Another place to take the kids is the Morgan Park, which also has a community center with regular activities!

Casual Eats: With so many restaurants popping up all over the place, one of our favorites is Germantown Cafe. You have to experience brunch at this place which has earned the loyalty of many Germantown natives. And if you prefer Mexican food, Little Donkey serves up all kinds of dips and traditional Latin American favorites. To cap off your delicious meals, you have to visit The Cupcake Collection! After you taste their cheap-and-delicious cupcakes, you won’t be able to stay away.

Baseball games in NashvilleFamily Fun: Nestled just minutes away from Germantown is First Tennessee Park, home of the Sounds, our local minor league baseball team! Take the family to one of the games and eat some funnel cake, play in the Kid Zone’s inflatable Booster mascot, and cheer on the country music legends as they race between innings. We also suggest a trip to LaserQuest, where you can let your inner child loose and play Parents versus the Kids. And don’t forget the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which is perfect for Instagram shots of the family.

Grown-Up Fun: If you haven’t been already, take your friends to the Escape Game to test your problem-solving abilities in an interactive mystery game! Celebrities like Shawn Mendez, Tim Tebow, and Kelly Clarkson have all played this strategy game and loved it. For those music loving individuals, you will for sure want to check out a concert or two at Ascend Amphitheater. With a lovely view of downtown surrounding it, the outdoor venue is perfect for enjoying a show. In October, Germantown is transformed to celebrate the Nashville’s four-day Oktoberfest. Admission is free, and there are tons of local vendors. You can also spot traditional dancing, a dressed-up doggy parade, and other activities.

Nashville southern country livingStaycation Attractions: When you’re ready to be a tourist in your own town, Germantown is the perfect place to start! The Nashville Farmers Market is a must for your long summer weekends, located just up the street in the heart of Bicentennial Park. There are lots of yummy food options, flowers, and other local goods. If you’re craving a night on the town, grab a pair of cowboy boots and flannels and head out to Wildhorse Saloon for down-home line dancing and pool. You can round out your southern staycation with a trip to the original location of Monell’s, which features all kinds of comfort food.

Unique Spots: With events ranging from the Italian Lights Festival to free Tuesday afternoon yoga sessions, you will not want to pass up Bicentennial Mall! You can see all their upcoming events on the Tennessee state’s website. Peter Nappi also has a retail store in Germantown featuring locally-designed, Italian-made luxurious leather goods. And you can even visit our local fish market at Little’s Fish Company!

Moving Help: Don’t forget to call or text your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK at 615-248-6288 to simplify all your moving needs. We offer full service packing, moving, and unpacking. You can see all our other services on our website!

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