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How to host a successful garage sale?  Sell Garage Sale Food and Drinks for starters.

Hosting a yard sale, boot sale, tag sale, or rummage sale with kids is an excellent opportunity for them to earn extra money selling garage sale food and refreshments.

Today, let’s look at the best garage sale food and beverages you can sell for profit.

Garage Sale Food and Drink Ideas To Earn Extra Cash!

It’s the best opportunity to get your kids set up to learn the value of buying and selling with their own little business while you’re off doing your thing.

When there is food and drinks, people will come and only say this because I watch people who go to Costco shopping and how they dive into the free samples. 

People LOVE food, and if you have something good to sell and it’s in demand, there is money to be made, so why not offer garage sale food the next time you host a sale?

Even if you don’t have kids who are eager entrepreneurs, there are benefits to having garage sale food and drinks at your next sale.

  1. Extra Cash
  2. Draws in the crowds

Essentially you want to sell everything you put outside for your garage sale because no one wants to haul it back in.

The idea around having garage sale food and drinks is that it draws in the customers and adds that extra edge to your garage sale advertising.

I’d instead visit a garage sale early if it has items I’m on the hunt for, AND coffee and muffins and other sweet treats.

Most people who go to garage sales are up very early, including the hosts, and often it’s a mad rush out the front door.

There have been plenty of times Mrs. CBB and I have gone out looking for weekend bargains and found garage sale food and drink available for purchase.

If it’s a spring garage sale you are hosting, perhaps offer some hot coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice, bottled water or juice boxes, and homemade muffins and squares for breakfast.

For those who are talented in the kitchen, try to make savoury breakfast muffins with eggs, ham, and cheese.

I’ve also been to a yard sale that hosted garage sale food that included a BBQ with hotdogs and burgers run by the husband, and the wife was doing the selling.

It was amazing because they had fun music playing in the background, and people were hanging around eating, drinking and looking at what items were up for sale.

That’s the kind of garage sale you will want to host or that people talk about, and trust me, they do.

When Mrs. CBB and her friends would text each other about garage sales to visit, they were “worth it.”

The reason behind that is when someone hosts a garage sale without much thought, they don’t sell as much because it’s evident that it’s a sale just thrown together.

You’ll have far more luck selling your stuff at reasonable prices when you host a vibrant garage sale with all the fixings.

Negotiations will come in from all angles, and you can make a profit selling your favourite garage sale foods and beverages.

Last month we went to a Maple Syrup Festival where the streets in a small community were shut down for a parade and all the vendors.

Would you believe there were homeowners out hosting garage sales and selling beverages along the end of their driveways for a buck each?

I thought, what a brilliant idea. Here you have thousands of visitors to a small community for a huge event, and even if you sell 300 bottles of water for a buck each, that’s a huge profit.

The same goes with pop and juice, although more than enough vendors were selling food.

Making A Profit From Garage Sale Food and Drinks

Garage Sale Food and Drink Ideas To Earn A Profit
Garage Sale Food and Drink Ideas To Earn A Profit

Let’s look at some garage sale food recipes and drinks that I think would be a hit with frugal customers.

Here’s the thing, frugal is the keyword here because even though shoppers don’t mind donating a bit more money when it’s kids or they are desperate for convenience, pricing matters. 

The last thing you want is for your garage sale food and drinks to sit, and no one buys them because you’re asking too much money for them.

Keep the prices simple and the goals for offering garage sale food and drinks.

For example, here are a few questions you will want to consider if you decide to have a garage sale food and drinks.

  • How much did it cost you to bake or buy what you are selling?
  • Will there be a profit?
  • Are you just selling food and drinks to draw in the crowds to sell your stuff?

If you buy 2 cases of bottled water on sale for $1.99/24 plus 2 bags of ice, $2.99 each equals $11.28 with taxes.

However, If you divide $11.30 (rounded) into 24, you will need to sell the bottled water for at least $0.50 each to break even.

That means to get your money back. If you sell bottled water for $1.00 each, you will make 100% profit and double your money. Think profit for those of you who are selling for profit or fundraising money to give to a charity.

You would do the same math with your garage sale food as well. If you bought a bag of chocolate chip cookies for $2.00 and there are 20 cookies in the package, you would have to sell each cookie for $0.10 each to make back your money.

Selling cookies for $0.25 each will earn $5.00, which means you’ve made over 100% profit. Essentially you’d have enough to buy two more bags of cookies and still have one dollar profit.

Best Garage Sale Food and Drinks to Sell

I will compile a simple list of garage sale foods and drinks that I believe would drive customers and bring in a profit for the seller.

Ideally, buying all the products you are selling while on sale will yield even more profits from your garage sale of food and drinks.

Garage Sale Drinks To Sell For Profit

  1. Cans of pop
  2. Bottled water
  3. Flavoured Sugar-Free Waters
  4. Juice boxes
  5. Hot Chocolate
  6. Homemade Lemonade, Iced-Tea, other juices. Make a lemonade sale sign or whatever drink or drinks you are selling.
  7. Coffee and tea can be tricky because you also have to provide sugar, sweetener, milk, and cream. You could buy a bucket from the coffee shop and sell it for more money, but I don’t think you’ll see much profit. If you make coffee at home to sell, you’d need treats to see a profit.

Garage Sale Food Ideas

Below are some easy foods to sell and make money, or you can buy them pre-made and still make a profit based on the selling price described above.

You may have customers who don’t trust what you make because they don’t know you, but it’s no different than buying food from a bake sale at work or school, in my opinion.

Offering a variety of store-bought and homemade might make a difference to your overall sales.

My one big tip is to keep the messy garage sale food to a minimum and offer simple treats to eat.

I also suggest that you keep some paper towels or napkins handy for your customers. (another cost to add into your sales pricing).

  • Homemade cookies are mainly chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies or other simple cookies that include chocolate. Always label if there are nuts in the recipe. Post a sign that your cookies may contain nuts or were baked in a kitchen where nuts were present for those with nut allergies.
  • Scones since most garage sales start early in the morning. Try my Chocolate Chip Scookies part scone part cookie. Pear and Chai Scones or plain scones.
  • Fruits such as bananas and apples or even watermelon slices
  • Homemade or store-bought muffins or squares (including brownies.)
    Sweet or Savoury bread
    includes banana bread, chocolate chip banana bread, cheese bread, and keto zucchini bread.
  • Hotdogs, Hamburgers with buns and basic condiments, ketchup, mustard and relish.
    International food – Sell foods or sweets that are popular within your culture. 
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Chicken Samosas

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Simple FUDGY BROWNIES recipe By Mr. CBB
Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Easy homemade lemonade recipe
Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Lemonade

Orange marmalade breakfast muffins
Orange Carrot Breakfast Muffins

Orange Carrot Breakfast Muffins

Alternatively, you could offer iced tea and lemonade for free to your customers just to put a smile on their faces and perhaps they might buy something from your garage sale.

I was hoping you could look at my Free Recipe Index for loads more recipes from Keto to Low-Carb to everyday frugal meals, snacks, desserts, bread and more.

Discussion: What other garage sale food and drinks can you think of to sell at a sale?

Please leave me your comments and recipe suggestions below. 


Home and Blog Update

What a wonderful two weeks we’ve had since our last update.

No one has been ill, and nothing significant has broken down.

I’ve been busy like most homeowners outside, getting ready for Spring and lots of sunshine.

So far, I’ve got all our herbs planted for the summer, hanging baskets are up, fertilized the lawn, added mulch to our front yard flower beds and fixed up our rock garden (no weeds still).

weed prevention rock garden
One of many rock gardens on our property.

The basil is already peaking out, as is the dill and garlic, so we are very excited.

We even have a stray onion we are nurturing, although Mrs. CBB thinks she planted it last season from her kitchen cut-off.

Oh, and the rhubarb is on its way to making magic again this summer. I swear we get so much rhubarb we are stuck with what to do with it.

organic rhubarb from our Ontario garden
Bunch of organic rhubarb from our garden

I also went ahead and gave our big stainless BBQ away for free and bought a small Kamado charcoal grill which we do not regret.

The taste of the meat and vegetables far surpasses any propane or gas grill. 

Plus, we love the extra space, and we can bring it in out of the rain and winter without a hitch.

Other than that, I managed to clean out part of the garage, but I have more to get done.

The backyard is next on my hit list. I’ll update you on that for next Saturday’s blog post.

I’ve been working with my fantastic designer Sara on the blog to improve the look and layout.

We’ve also become publishers with Mediavine in hopes of bringing in more revenue for CBB.

This blog doesn’t run on coal, I’m afraid, hehe!

You may see some changes as the weeks go on, but they may be subtle.

Thank you again for your support, reading the blog, commenting and sharing our posts with your friends and family on social media.

I started this blog for the people in 2012, and look at us all now.

Here we are in 2019 and still helping people out of debt, even if it’s only through experience and motivation.

Have a great two weeks!!


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Finance Read Of the Week

This week I’d like to draw your attention to Million Dollar Journey, where the Frugal Trader discusses what happens to your RRSP and TFSA after you die.

To start off with the good news, RRSPs can generally “rollover” tax-free to qualified beneficiaries such as: 

  • a spouse/spousal trust/common-law partner;
  • financially dependent children/grandchildren under 18;
  • or disabled children/grandchildren of any age.

So, yes, if I were to die, we’d roll over the investments into my wife’s name or vice-versa.

Excellent read.

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Garage Sale Finds

If you have some fantastic deals, you’d like to share from your garage sale outings this Spring and Summer, email me your photo and tell us what you found and how much it cost you to be featured.

jens garage sales 2019 May
Jen shares her garage sale deals of the week.

Hi Everyone,

Here are today’s fabulous finds :

  • 2 packs of swimming goggles and moisturizing lotion $5 (asking was $7)
  • Shave gel, skunk spray and chewing spray (for my new puppy) $1
  • Bath bombs $1

Total spent $7

Jen P.

Frugal Recipe Find

White chocolate Brownies

Fiona at Just SO Tasty has these White Chocolate Brownies that I could turn away from seeing once my eyes found the recipe. I just knew I had to share with all of you brownie lovers out there.

As you already know I have a sweet spot for brownies with thousands of Pins on my Brownie Pinterest board. This recipe is next on my list especially since I have a bag of white chocolate in our freezer to use up.

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Gardening 101

I always wondered how many seeds you should plant in each hole when getting ready for our Spring and Summer vegetable garden.

Honestly I would just play it by ear but there is an actual amount that you should use in order to avoid wasting and overcrowding.

For radishes you only need 4 seeds as do peppers but I had no idea, now I know. Oh, and look at squash only 1 seed needed.

How to avoid overplanting your vegetable garden

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Every week I get tens of thousands of people who visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. (SIC) means I’ve copied the text exactly and it has spelling errors.

Most times funny, sometimes serious.

  • How much should I charge for new birthday cards at a garage sale?– Depends on what they are worth and how much someone is willing to pay for them.
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