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A Guide to Yard Sale Success

July 6th, 2023 by tisner

Having a successful yard sale means putting some effort into your setup. Just tossing things on tables or in storage containers in the driveway may be easy, but if you truly want to get rid of unnecessary stuff plus make extra cash, you will want to follow these tips:

  • Make sure all items are clean and free of stains, tears, or breakage. Launder all washable items and wipe hard-surface items with a disinfectant wipe.  
  • Set prices low and at twenty-five cent increments so items move quickly and to help avoid bargaining with shoppers. Not pricing your items will take up your time at the sale and may turn some people away. 
  • Bundle miscellaneous items, such as jewelry, small toys, and other children’s items, or holiday decorations, in appropriately sized clear plastic bags. Sell the bundles of children’s items as “grab bags.” 
  • Have a “FREE” table for items that are not in the best condition. 
  • Check your lawn the day before: trim the grass, fill in any holes, and clean up after pets. Do not forget to have a clear “Not for Sale” sign on items not included in the sale. 
  • Display colorful balloons or other party decor to attract attention, play upbeat music in the background–make it a pleasant experience for everyone! 
  • Make sure shoppers have plenty of space to walk around and can get around safely. 
  • High-interest items and large/heavy items should be closest to the street to draw shoppers. This will also make it easier for buyers to load them. 
  • Place your “check out” in a way so people can pay on their way out. Get plenty of small change at the bank the day before. Keep your money in a fanny pack for safety and never leave it unattended. Accepting electronic payments by using Venmo or Paypal can help boost sales! 
  • As the day wears on, slash prices or have a “bag” incentive: whatever shoppers can fit in a grocery bag you provide is theirs for five bucks. 

When the day is over, schedule a pick-up by a non-profit that will take your things away for free. It may take a few weekends to prepare and organize for your yard sale, but keep in mind that decluttering and extra cash are your goals, and it will make the effort worthwhile.  

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