Whether you’re moving or simply decluttering, a yard sale is an excellent way to get rid of items that have been unused in your house and garage. And, of course, it’s an ideal way to put some extra money in your pocket. But, before you start taping signs around the neighborhood consider some of these suggestions.
Tips for a Successful Yard Sale
Make sure to price your items accordingly. Check out this pricing guide to use as a reference when you start pricing items for sale.
Avoid having a yard sale over a holiday weekend to avoid miss opportunity. Many people plan to leave town during holidays which could be a miss for your sale.
If you have extra shopping bags or boxes handy give them to customers for easy transporting.
Promote Your Sale
If you want to have an effective yard sale utilize online & print advertising platforms. This way you can reach more people and increase your chance of success. Try using the following platforms below.
Yard Sale Search– Great tool to expose your sale to web visitors searching for yard sales in his/her area. Plus, it’s free to post your sale!
Newspaper Ads- This is a great option if you have a little extra money to spend on advertising.
Yards Signs – Post Signs throughout your neighborhood so people in your area know to stop by your house. Double check on city ordinances regarding permits and signage.
Try a Raffle
A good raffle of a single popular item can also generate much more money than you would get from simply selling the item.
Make it festive
Make your sale fun with such touches as music, balloons, and streamers. A simple iPod/smartphone with cheap portable speakers.
Cut Down on Clutter
“People often struggle with the line between holding onto memories and having a house filled with clutter. Plan well in advance so that you have time to sort through items without the pressure of making a snap judgment the night before,” says Elise King, assistant professor of interior design in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.
Multiple-Family Yard Sale
Spread out the workload! Get your neighbors involved. The large the sale, the more likely you will be able to attract more people. Even if they only have a couple items to add, they will appreciate the chance to clean out some of their own clutter. Plus, it ensures plenty of helpers — including a lookout for shoplifters.
Written By Summit Mortgage Corporation located in Lakewood, Colorado.