Tips for a successful garage sale
’Tis the season for garage sales when one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Garage sales are an excellent way to remove clutter from your home and also help the environment by eliminating excess trash from landfills.
This year as you prepare for the garage sale, invest a little more time cleaning and repairing the sale items. By doing this, you will increase interest from potential buyers and possibly the profits as well. Weiman Products (http://www.weiman.com) offers the following tips to help clean common garage sale items and hopefully put a few more pennies in your pocket.
Be sure to wash or dry clean all clothing before a garage sale to make sure it is clean and spot free. Also, clothing is much easier to look through when it is on hangers.
Check wood furniture for any scratches that may have occurred during storage. If any scratches are noticeable, select a wax crayon or paste shoe polish that matches the color of your wood. Apply it to the scratch to hide the damage. Then, buff the area with clean, soft cloth. Deep scratches will normally require professional repair.
White rings on furniture can end a sale quickly. To remove them, use Weiman Lemon Polish with 0000 steel wool and rub the stained area to remove the mark. Always rub in direction with the wood grain. For gray or dark rings, contact a professional wood refinisher.
For plastic toys, wash with hot soapy water and a sponge. Then, rinse thoroughly and dry.
When washing stuffed animals, put the toy in a pillowcase and tie a knot at the top before placing it in the washing machine.
To remove tarnish build-up from silver, use Wright’s Silver Cream or Wright’s Anti-Tarnish Silver Polish (ranked a “Consumer Reports Best Buy”) when a light gold film begins to form on silver. Discontinue cleaning silver once it looks clean and shiny, even if the cloth is blackish; there will always be a slight residue on the cloth.
Use a high-quality leather cleaner/conditioner that is rich in natural oils to keep leather clean and supple; be sure to test product on a discrete area prior to use. Also, avoid using cleaning fluid, shoe cream, saddle soap and mink oil, which contain ingredients that may damage leather.
For additional expert surface care tips in and around the home, visit http://www.weiman.com/tips.
Published in The Messenger 5.19.08