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Once a year our driveways and front yards become shopping centers for hidden treasures and the ultimate bargains. This year’s annual ritual of cleaning out and clearing the clutter from one's home and garage - known as National Garage Sale Day - will be held on August 14, 2010.

“For many people, their garage sale inventory consists of unused, overlooked and aged tools, equipment and keepsakes often stored in the dark corners of an unorganized garage or basement,” said Lou Ann Schafer, senior marketing manager, Gladiator® GarageWorks. "But, with the right garage organization system, many of these items can be protected, stored and preserved for many years. With the right plan, money earned during a garage sale can be reinvested in durable garage organizational solutions."

Gladiator® GarageWorks, the leader in garage organization, offers the following tips for holding an effective garage sale and reinvesting earnings in organization solutions that make sense for any budget:

If you’re holding a garage sale, remember to:

  • Collaborate with neighbors: The larger the sale, the larger the crowd as they have more to chose from.
  • Prepare: Check the local community rules and bylaws for necessary permits or other permissions needed to host a garage sale.
  • Create zones: Think about the categories of product you’re trying to sell and keep similar products near each other to appeal to certain buyers.
  • Be clear: When setting up your sale, be sure to use large, legible labels and pricing stickers.
  • Be an accountant…and friendly: Track the items sold and how much you received for each. Be sure to engage and smile with customers who come to your sale.

Once your sale is complete and you’re counting the money, be sure to consider reinvesting in storage and organization to avoid the build-up of clutter in the future. Gladiator® GarageWorks suggests:

  • Defining the problem: Write down everything that frustrates you about your garage and storage space so you can be sure to address them when reinvesting your earned money.
  • Identifying areas of interest: As you begin to plan, group things you use together in the same area, such as all gardening equipment. Consider buying storage solutions that allow you to create these zones.
  • Thinking vertically: Many items can go off the floor, creating more space. Consider products that can help you hang rakes and tools, or larger items such as your bikes, wheelbarrow, coolers, and lawn chairs.

For more information, please visit www.gladiatorgarageworks.com.

About Gladiator® GarageWorks

Gladiator® GarageWorks is the leader in garage organization delivering innovative solutions that allow garage owners to organize their space in a way that suits their individual storage needs. It is the only garage organization system to offer coordinated appliances designed for the harsh garage environment.

Gladiator® GarageWorks offers a Premier pre-assembled line and Ready-to-Assemble line for do-it-yourselfers. Products are available through local garage dealers, retailers including Sears and Lowe's or via www.GladiatorGarageWorks.com

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