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Garden Sale Advise

Posted by gardengal101 MN 4 (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 16, 07 at 16:32

Hi Everyone,

I am thinking about having a garden sale at my house this spring and I am wondering if anyone has any advise for me. I will be selling a variety of hostas and "common" perennials. What are some things to do or not do when having a plant sale.


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RE: Garden Sale Advise

Sorry, advice not advise... duh!!

RE: Garden Sale Advise

Used to be Spike would come along and delete these messages... and do other things,,,

But if you are just asking for advice, and not posting a date - which would be advertising (which is not allowed)- this thread may stick around for a bit of information to be shared.

I think the first bit of advice I could give- is it really is a lot of work! Find help where ever you can- hauling and digging dirt, potting up plants and divisions- setting up and tearing down- but most importantly, helping your customers.

Pot up your plants well before the sale- so that the plants look good and healthy and are good and healthy- and are over the "transplant shock". You want to be proud of your product, and know you are selling healthy viable plants.

Know what you are selling- and share that information. Will it do well in sun or shade? Dry or moist conditions? Clay soils? Is it a thug? On the invasive list? Does it need frequent feedings?

Pictures of what it will look like at maturity tell more than you ever could....

Know that some folks will continue to stop by to see what else you may have for sale- all summer long- even if you only plan to have the sale for 1 weekend. They may even leave cash near your door for the plants they helped themselves to while you were away... So, don't leave your newly purchased plants you were planning to put into your garden in an easily visible place till you get around to planting them! Yes- truly!

Enjoy the whole process- from planning and growing- to transplanting and selling, teaching and learning.

RE: Garden Sale Advise

Make sure each plant is well marked or grouped. I hate it when I have to bother the seller or wait to ask what a particular plant is. One sale I went to had small playing card size plant ifo sheets for each plant giving pertinent information about that plant. You got to keep that sheet when you bought the plant.

Good luck with your sale. You might put up a little sign near your cash table with info to this site. Where do you plan to advertise?

RE: Garden Sale Advise

Thank you SO much for the advice, it is greatly appreciated.

I didn't even think about people stopping by to see if I had sale items after the sale... like all summer long!! I will have to be careful where I place my newly purchased plants.

I was thinking I would post signs around my neighborhood and possibly advertise on I've seen other plant sales listed on there.

RE: Garden Sale Advise

I have my plant sale during the FRi/Sat of the Cities annual Lions garage sale. Tons of people. I start potting up my plants soon as there popping up. The sooner you pot them up the better they will look when you sell. Use good potting soil so they don't get much transplant shock, plus it saves your back moving so many pots all around. I use curtain rods cut into plant size labels with all there info and also in front of the rows I use a large size color photos. Every year the same people come and they bring there friends. When you sell healthy plants way cheaper then you can buy people will be there. I try and dig differnt stuff up every year so people have new things to buy. They will tell you what they have had bought in the past. I even will dig on sale day if they want something different depending on what it is. Its alot of work but other than trading parties I hate to throw away extra plants.

RE: Garden Sale Advise

Yup, be sure too label and price them, clearly. I think tammymn meant to say old venitician blinds instead of curtain rods......sorry if I'm mistaken !I cut my blinds into about 6 inches in length and cut a point on one end so I can stick it in each pot. I try to be sure to give the variety name too, use good sized pictures from catalogs, or make copies on your printer. If you can, use tables to set things on so folks won't need to bend over. That's good for the waistline but not the back ! Good Luck, have fun and make money !

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