Tips on How to Have a Successful Yard Sale
Do you have some clutter you are wanting to sell and get rid of this summer? Below I will share some tips on how to have a successful yard sale this season! These tips will help you to maximize your sale potential, and cash in on all the old items that are just collecting dust. For about 10 years now, I’ve been making great pocket money getting rid of clutter and having an annual garage sale. It can be a process to find items and get them marked to sell, but trust me…it can be so rewarding in the end! Just last weekend I made over $400 from my yard sale. Are you ready to clean up your home, and make some extra money?!
Yard Sale Tips and Tricks
Gather Items: Consider going from room to room and gathering items you no longer want and are wanting to part with. Having a yard sale with a friend or family member makes your yard sale even bigger and can bring in more customers. So consider asking a friend or family member if they want to join in with you. You want to make sure you have enough items to get people to stop and shop.
Price Items: People don’t like to ask about prices so make sure to buy those little price stickers, and mark each item. I use colored circles and write my own prices on them. If you are doing a garage sale with someone else, initial each sticker or designate colors, so you know whose items are what when being sold, so you can keep track of the profit for each person. Also, make sure you are pricing items at a reasonable value. If you over price items, they more than likely are not gonna sell. Have lower prices, and watch items fly off the tables.
Location: Consider asking to borrow a friend’s yard if you live in a rural area, so you can get good traffic. Location plays a big role in getting people coming in. So if you live in the country, consider asking a friend in town to borrow their yard for the morning to have a sale. This will make it easier for people to find you.
Promote Your Sale Heavily: You can promote your yard sale in the newspaper, Craigslist, Social Media, Facebook Buy and Trade group for your area, and more. Make sure to make really nice signs that are easy to read and eye catching so people will see it when driving. Do all you can to promote your sale, if people don’t know then how can they stop and shop.
Tips for Making Signs:
1. Visible: Make sure you can read your sign from a good distance away. Make sure to have big block style letters, so they are big and stand out. Use a black marker to write, not pencil, so you can see it.
2. SIMPLE: This is key, don’t write a paragraph on your sign. Just put Yard Sale, arrow, address, and hours.
3. Multiple Signs: Do multiple signs at different intersections to make sure you optimize the reach potential of getting traffic your way.
Money Box and Bags: Save up old plastic grocery bags to put items in that get sold. Just save up from a few trips if you don’t normally keep them on hand, this way you don’t have to buy bags. Also, make sure you have a money box. If someone hands you a $20 make sure you can give them change back. For my sales, I aim to do $100-$150 in change to have on hand, including quarters, ones, and fives.
Display Items: Consider displaying items easily for people to scan them, and place big ticket or eye catching items closer to the street. A clothing rack filled with clothes brings more attention then folding up clothes on a table or just piled up. Add items for each room in the house together, so they can skim over all the items in the kitchen in one section, clothing in another and so on. Try to be organized and have things laid out well, so it is inviting to the eye.
Bag Sale: Consider doing a bag sale at the end of the day. Say you have a good amount left, offer $5 bags, where they can fit as much as they can in a bag, for $5. This is a great way to clean out the clutter of what is left. I do this around 2 hours left of the garage sale and it works out wonderfully! If I’m having a two day sale, I mark down items o on the second day because mama doesn’t want to bring anything back inside!