How to Have an Awesome Yard Sale


Have you ever shopped at a garage sale and thought about how much time actually went into putting it all together? Or maybe you’ve wanted to have one for years, but aren’t sure if it’s worth the effort. 

One person’s trash is definitely another’s treasure, so there are tons of avid yard sale shoppers eager to take your unwanted items off your hands. And if you have anything of value, a yard sale is a quick way to make a nice chunk of cash.

Here are 10 tips for doing it right.

1. Plan ahead

If you’ve decided on a date, it’s time to gather your inventory. Start by retrieving anything you haven’t used in six months, sorting the items by category and placing them in labeled boxes. Now step back and admire how you have successfully decluttered.

Some people regularly go through their stuff throughout the year and set unwanted items aside for garage sale season.

When should you have a sale? Obviously the winter is not an option unless you live where it never snows. Avoid the intense heat of summer if you can. Avoid holiday weekends because most people will be preoccupied with other activities or traveling.

Stand out from the competition by starting your sale on Friday, rather than Saturday morning. And be aware that people will show up at 7 a.m. even if the advertised start time is two hours later.


2. Prepare your space

Mow the lawn, weed the flower beds, and smooth any uneven surfaces that could be a potential problem for customers. The last thing you want is for guests to take a tumble.

If you park on the street, move your car to make room for customers.

3. Simplify pricing

Adopt a simplified pricing structure so you won’t have to make a lot of changes. Group items of the same price together and clearly display the price.

You could use a color code or put a sticker with the price on each item. Or make a sign: “Each item on this table goes for $1.” (Just make sure higher-priced items aren’t accidentally left there.)

If the price of an item is firm, indicate that on the sales tag. For big-ticket items, it may also help to attach an advertisement for a new version of the item with its normal asking price to show that you are offering it at a greatly reduced rate.

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Source: MoneyTalksNews | Allison Martin

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