First rule of thumb is never operating a garage sale by yourself; you should always have enough family members to assist you and to watch your property being sold.
One family member or the homeowner should always be attending to the cash bank that is being used for cash transactions when purchases are being made.
All transactions should be in cash only; never accept personal checks, business checks and payroll checks of any type.
One or two family members should always be watchful of anyone coming onto the premises to browse among the items being sold.
All entrances into the residence should be securely locked; including backyard gates.
Never allow anyone into the residence for any reason even if they ask to use the bathroom. Politely refuse and advise them that you need to stay and attend to the other persons browsing among your property.
Never allow anyone one to distract you; always attend to one individual at a time when you are conducting cash transactions. or all cash collected use a locked cash box; never place it in an unsecured location.
Always have a cell phone or wireless phone near you to contact the police department or fire department in case there is an emergency.
Make sure individuals coming to the garage sale park their vehicles legally and that they don’t block streets, alleys, driveways, crosswalks, fire hydrants and stop signs.