WICHITA — Unlike a typical laid-off worker who might hold a garage sale to make extra money, John David Burkholder is creating an entire company built around garage sales.
Burkholder lost his job as manager of content and strategic positioning with Preferred Health Systems in March.
He’s doing a lot of Web consulting, but he wanted to find another part-time job.
His father-in-law, Les Seibert of Bug Stoppers, had an idea he’d kicked around about a company that would provide everything someone needs for a garage sale.
That inspired Burkholder to start Garage Sale Gurus, which is gearing up to serve its first customers.
“The hope is to be able to have kind of a one-stop shop when it comes to garage sale supplies,” Burkholder says.
On the Monday before a garage sale, Burkholder will deliver tables, clothes racks, signs, pricing stickers and anything else someone needs for a sale.
After the sale, he’ll pick up everything, including leftover items people don’t want.
Burkholder’s service will cost $49.
“Everyone that I’ve talked to has loved the idea,” he says.
If it’s successful, Burkholder would like to franchise the business.
“You don’t need any kind of a licensing other than a driver’s license to be able to get into this business,” he says.
It could be a great part-time job for a lot of people, Burkholder says.
“If it’s done properly, you can take this anywhere,” he says. “Sometimes there’s a silver lining when you are laid off because you’d never even consider doing this kind of thing.”
Not to mention, Burkholder says, “It certainly is fun kind of being your own boss and doing your own thing.”