Can I drop off my used games at the Downers Grove location?
No. Because of the extra care and details required to host an event like this right now, we are only accepting games at the Fair Game La Grange location. If getting to La Grange is difficult for you, we encourage coordinating with a neighbor or friend to help transport your games along with theirs.
What types of items can I sell at the garage sale?
There are more than 3 people in my shopping group, can we all come together?
We cannot include more than 3 people in a group to shop at the same time. We would recommend breaking into smaller groups.
I will be running late for my assigned shopping time slot. Can my time be extended?
We cannot extend the 15-minute shopping period. If you miss the window that you were assigned, you are welcome to shop during the walk-in period after 4pm on Saturday and also on Sunday.
My availability has changed, am I able to request a different time slot after it has initially been assigned?
If you're schedule changes, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you can no longer make your assigned time slot, and information around what new time slots would work for you. We will do our best to get you into a new pre-assigned slot, but can not make any guarantees.
I, or one of the members of my group, can no longer make my assigned time slot. Can I substitute someone else for that time slot.
The time slots are non-transferable. Only the individuals named on the form can show up for the scheduled time slot.
Any lightly used game that is priced at $5 and above. Historically, we have not allowed miniatures and miniature games (Warhammer/Warmachine/etc.) that require assembly and painting. If you have a game that fits this description that you'd like to submit, please send us an email with the details and we can discuss. As mentioned above, we reserve the right to refuse any game for any reason.
How should I go about setting prices on my games?
We always recommend that people “price to sell”. Keep in mind that we’re AUTOMATICALLY going to make all games that haven’t sold on Saturday 30% off on Sunday. Remember that most people don’t come to the Garage Sale looking for a particular item, they come looking for a good value. So price it to sell on Saturday.
Why do I only get 80% of sale price as store credit?
What happens if a game doesn’t sell on Saturday or Sunday?
In 2019, we had over 1500 submissions to the garage sale, which is a HUGE amount of games to receive and process for the Garage Sale. (For a visual reference click here
or....imagine a UPS truck, then fill it full of games) The entire process consumes a significant amount of time and resources and we needed to make this change in order to have the resources available to devote to continue hosting this event for years to come.
It happens ... if any of your games do not sell, you will have until October 10
to pick up your unsold games from La Grange, at which point in time they will be donated to charity or to local schools.
My game is really unique – how can I help people browsing the games to understand that?
We are encouraging people to provide some context and/or color commentary about the games they are selling. Maybe you added some extra accessories, a custom box insert or there’s a story behind how you acquired this particular gem ... feel free to add those details on an index card sized piece of paper. Use painters tape to tape it to the box when you bring it in.
How and when do I use my store credit from games I sold?
Our computer system is able to handle all of this electronically and for the items that are sold, we will add that amount of store credit to your account. No papers or gift cards to keep track of ... just purchase what you want and if there’s available credit on your account, you’re free to use it. We fully intend to have all the accounting wrapped up within a week and in the event we finish significantly before then, we’ll send out a notice that everything is loaded and ready to be used.
What if a game I purchase has pieces missing or damaged components?
While we hope that anyone bringing in a game to sell will make note of any issues like those, everything purchased at the Garage Sale is sold AS IS, and would be similar to any other flea market or garage sale purchase you make with no warranties, etc. If parts are missing, you can reach out to the manufacturers directly, as most are very good about sending out replacement pieces. We are NOT checking any of the games for quality/completeness or providing any representation of completeness or condition (however if we do get complaints on a game after the fact, we will be keeping track and it will impact that seller’s ability to participate in future Garage Sales).
I found a box of old Magic cards when I was looking for games to sell – do you buy cards?
Yes – if you have any cards that have been sitting in the closet (under your board games) for a while and you’re interested in selling them, please bring them in. If you have higher value cards pulled out, we can price those up individually otherwise we’ll be able to give you a “bulk” price for the unsorted/less valuable cards. We have many customers who have recently swapped their Magic cards for new games. It’s a fun transaction for them.
Why can't I sell my game for less than $5?
While there are many great small, inexpensive games available, we need to put some limits in place to make sure we are able to efficiently received and process the games that come through. We are allowing people to create up to 2 "Bundles" of games, if you would like to package together several smaller games that you think would be interesting for community members to acquire together.
I still have some questions that you didn’t answer. Who can I talk to?
If you still have some things you’re not clear on, feel free to give the store a call (630-963-0640)
, email (email@example.com
) or send a Facebook message
. We will be happy to help.