Grand Slam Garage Sales is the leading provider of garage sale business kits for entrepreneurs of all ages. The ultimate goal is for GSGS to be the one stop garage sale shop. You can come to our website, www.GrandSlamGarageSales.com, to book a garage sale, find a garage sale, or start your own garage sale business.
We run a garage sale operation in Houston, TX and we're currently selling kits across the country and beyond for people to start their own garage sale business. The people that buy the kits and start their own garage sale business are called affiliates.
History of Grand Slam Garage Sales
Grand Slam Garage Sales is an innovative and successful business which was founded in Houston, Texas in 2004. Started by Ben Weissenstein when he was a freshman in high school, Grand Slam Garage Sales quickly developed from a fresh idea to a booming business, offering services ranging from full-service garage sale operation to pressure washing and item removal services.
Grand Slam Garage Sales (GSGS) prides itself on professionalism, honesty, and a serious work ethic. Founder, Ben Weissenstein, instilled these values into the teenage workers he originally hired from his pool of friends and classmates. Weissenstein’s goal was simple: Help lots of people throughout the country who want to clean up the clutter around their homes while making a little extra money at the same time.
Based in Houston and expanding throughout the country, Grand Slam Garage Sales employs only the most efficient and fully trained workers to ensure that your sale smoothly and effortlessly generates the most money possible. We want our customers to be able to relax knowing that their garage sale is in our capable and experienced hands.
As our business continues to grow and reach new markets, we are always eager to hear your comments and suggestions. Please feel free to contact me directly (ben.weissenstein@GrandSlamGarageSales.com) to let me know how we’re doing!
Matt and Ben’s Garage Sale Relief was the first garage sale business. We had red polos and khaki shorts for uniforms. We didn't have a website or any professional documents. Our business cards were designed and printed by Ben's mom. This first version of the garage sale business lasted for about 4 months.
Ben took a hiatus from the garage sale business in 2005 while he focused his time and energy on baseball and school.
Ben started up the business again. This time he put renewed energy and ideas into creating the most successful and professional business possible.
This "new" company, which got off the ground in June of 2006, was called Garage Sale Relief and Ben’s friend Eddie Ackerman came on board as Ben’s business partner. Another high school friend, Matt Halpin, developed an impressive website, and the partners created less than impressive uniforms by writing the GSR name on red t-shirts. Although the uniforms fell apart in the rain due to their poor quality, they were one of the early signs of professionalism and inspired the guys to figure out how to order regular uniform shirts.
At the same time, Weissenstein began creating numerous documents for the business - everything from coupons to scheduling charts to worker training manuals.
In October 2006, they re-named the business B&E Garage Sales because they wanted the name to be catchier and less generic. The B stood for Ben and the E stood for Eddie.
In early November 2007, Ben changed the company name to Grand Slam Garage Sales. Ben's former partner, Eddie Ackerman, left in January because he no longer had the time to work the numerous hours it took to get the company moving forward towards its epic goals. The name was then changed to Grand Slam Garage Sales after Weissenstein spent numerous hours brainstorming with help from his mom and brother. Ben's love of baseball and the catchy appeal of the name were both major contributing reasons for why the name was chosen over the 200 other names that they had considered.
The change to Grand Slam Garage Sales was the final name change, and it marked the beginning of a new era for the company which soon became an LLC with 30 part-time workers in the Houston area. The operations kept getting better in every aspect: very professional uniforms and documents were made, a website was created by a professional web developer, and customer satisfaction kept on rising.
The company kept fine-tuning the operations, hiring more workers, and systemizing the business.
A significant amount of 2008 was spent figuring out and defining the true ins and outs of the garage sale business so that GSGS could make the workers and customers even happier. GSGS also began developing expansion plans and management spent a lot of time and effort figuring out the best ways to prepare the business for its eventual expansion.
In 2009 the Houston operation kept running while Ben was attending the University of Arizona. The managers, Kegan and Max, helped manage the business to ensure a smooth operation.
During this time, Ben continued making progress towards franchising but realized there were more things to be done before they could successfully franchise.
The GSGS team continued to do garage sales in Houston. And on the corporate side of things, the company continued to make progress towards the eventual franchising goal. 2010 also brought a change of direction for the company which the GSGS staff is extremely excited for.
After Ben (GSGS Founder/CEO) met with very good businessmen/mentors of his, they concluded after multiple meetings that there was a better way to expand the garage sale business across the nation. Instead of franchising, GSGS could sell kits on how to start a garage sale business. By doing this, GSGS could charge a ton less then they would have had to if they went the franchising route and this would give these people more flexibility with their businesses. Ben realized that this could make people a lot more successful as it would lower their risk and still give them the tools they need to start a successful garage sale business.
GSGS's ultimate goal is to create a garage sale industry which is "there" but not created yet, and to make Grand Slam Garage Sales the one stop shop for everything garage sales. That means if you're looking to shop at a sale, book a garage sale, or start your own garage sale business...you can find it all on the GSGS website.
Ben also decided to write a book for kid's about how to start a business.
The official launch of the kits and the kid's book was November 10, 2010.
Many important people helped GSGS in its beginning stages and onward toward expansion:
Rachel Weissenstein, Ben's loving mother
Chief uniform washer, feeder of all hungry employees, writer of catchy slogans, designer of early business cards and labels and creator of the original garage sale concept when she needed one of her own!
Brian Price - Web developer (bpdesignstudio.com)
He always worked very hard, went the extra mile, was extremely nice, and when the company didn’t have money to pay him but needed the job done, he wouldn’t even hesitate to do it!
Rod Lowe - Web developer (softnetdata.com)
He developed the current version of site as an essential step towards automating and systemizing parts of the operation and creating a great corporate professional website. Also, Rod has and is always coming up with great ideas to help improve the business on the technical side.
Kegan Blumenthal - Houston manager/dedicated worker
He is one of the most dedicated workers GSGS has ever had and has been a huge part of the Houston operation. Also, Kegan has helped the overall business with great new ideas and he is someone that the company hopes to have around for a very long time.
Max Tribolet - Houston manager/dedicated worker
He is also one of the most dedicated workers GSGS has ever had and has also been a huge part of the Houston operation. Max has come up with great ideas for the business which he has followed through with by helping to make these ideas happen. He is also someone that the company hopes to have for a very long time.
Amy Halevy – Aunt and Pro Bono Attorney Extraordinaire
She helped write lots of contracts pro bono in the early stages of the business. Amy never complained and was always very willing to help!
Justin - Banker
Justin is a banker at Chase that has gladly helped Ben with many banking issues and has known Ben the longest out of many people that Ben came in contact with during the startup/pre-expansion phases of the business.
Dane Hawkins - Banker
Dane is a banker at Chase that gladly helped Ben with many banking issues and has always been fun to go to. Ben would go to Dane to resolve banking issues and not only has Dane always been very helpful but they both became friends through the process.
Jay Dushkin - Attorney
Jay helped set up the LLC for a great discount and was very nice and helpful throughout the process.
Robert Weissenstein - Ben's dad
Robert was a supporting force for Ben throughout the early stages and provided small funding when it was needed.