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Yard Sale Tips. Spring and Summer can be great times to hold a yard sale. Warm temperatures help with luring shoppers out. If you have some stuff to get rid of, follow some of these tips to help you have a successful sale:
Before the sale
- Choose a date 3 or 4 weeks in advance to allow yourself plenty of time to go through your things and decide what to sell.
- Make sure to check in all the closets and nooks and crannies of your home. You might be surprised what you have tucked in a dark corner.
- Find a staging area in your home, like a garage or guest bedroom, where you can sort things into categories.
- Advertise your sale in local newspapers, websites (like craigslist and facebook) and by putting signs out in your neighborhood. Its usually a good idea to place signs out one day prior to the sale in hopes people will see them and make a mental note to come shop!
- Use brightly colored price stickers and try to price all your items. This keeps people from having to ask you about every single item, which can be time consuming.
- Place things like dishes or glasses in small cardboard boxes and put a price on the whole box.
- Enlist help from family or friends. If you are the cashier you may be very busy; your helpers can assist shoppers with questions.
- Get plenty of change. Ones and quarters tend to go quickly, so get plenty.
- Be sure that things like board games and puzzles have all their parts and your items are clean and in good repair.
- Borrow or buy tables to use. Also, tarps are great to lay out in the grass and place things like toys, rugs, books and unbreakables on.
Day of the Sale
- Get up early. Veteran yard sale shoppers believe that the early bird gets the worm, so you may have shoppers even before your finish putting all your items out.
- Make sure you put a sign in your yard or balloons on your mailbox to get people's attention.
- Place like things together. Think like a department store merchandiser would.
- Arrange to have plenty of water and snacks available and easily accessible for you and your helpers.
- Be prepared to haggle. Lots of yard sale shoppers like to negotiate to get a better deal.
- Have a plan for leftovers. Goodwill is a great place to donate clothes and household goods. There are also many other charities that would be happy to have things like baby clothes and gear or sports equipment.
-Written by Maggie Claprood-