Bargains to Benefit Elk Country
If you’re like me, you collect a myriad of hunting, fishing and all-around outdoor equipment over a lifetime but you’re afraid to get rid of it. Well, here is a great way to part with those used, replaced and worn items while supporting the RMEF. A garage sale composed of all this stuff can make a big impact on elk country. Not just your stuff but everyone’s stuff. You can conduct these events anywhere including your state rendezvous’ or volunteer summer outings. Maybe even turn it into a second hand silent auction. Here are some tips and tricks to make your RMEF garage sale a great success.
Merchandise: Seventy-five percent of RMEF‘s Big Game Banquets occur during the months of January through May. As your state ramps up for the heat of banquet season the State Leadership Team should have a date picked. Based on this they should be asking all RMEF volunteers to donate those outdoor items to help support the garage sale effort. The items can be picked up from chapter to chapter as the regional director and other volunteers travel from meeting to meeting and event to event.
Managing Merchandise: Before you start up your collection have a place to store the goods. Hopefully someone who has the space at a place of business or residence can offer to do this. If at all possible, the best location to store the merchandise is the place you’re going to sell it. As merchandise donations come in the door, mark them with a price, then come the day of set-up all you have to do is put your items out for sale.
Pricing: The key to any garage sale is twofold, make some money and get rid of items. Price your items right for the sale. In this scenario it’s more about volume than a high price. Price your items to sell and sell a lot!
Advertising: Signage is probably the biggest key. Think of it this way; use your signs to walk potential customer’s right to your front door. Signs should be big (at least 2 ‘x2’), sturdy, easy-to-read and easy to follow. Use big directional arrows on your signs and no address or writing is needed. White signs with black writing are the easiest to see. Use rigid signs that have a base or and stick in the ground. Make sure they are not too flimsy because when the wind blows the signs fold or fall down and can’t be seen.
Location: The best advice I can give is neighborhood garage sales are quite popular. Find a volunteer who lives in one of these neighborhoods and utilize the infrastructure of this sale to support your own. Advertising is done for you at a minimal or no cost. Customers flock to these sales which typically are well-known and the same dates year to year. They are easy to find and identify by the signage and crowds. If this does not exist in your area, find a space that is easy to find, easily accessible and has a lot of traffic flow.
Days: Friday and Saturday are the biggest garage sale days of the week. Thursdays are a close second.
RMEF Vice President of Fundraising Services