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10 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

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Tips for a successful yard sale – Yard sales are such a great way to get rid of the clutter and make money! We have had great success with our yard sales and today I’m sharing my top 10 tips to help you have a successful yard sale.

10 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale!

Location, Location, Location 

We lived out in the country – surrounded by cornfields.  Our home is not the best location for a yard sale so we packed up all of our bins and boxes and dragged them over to my in-laws house. They have a great neighborhood and were having a neighborhood sale.

Have a “neighborhood sale”

Send out a flyer to all the neighbors.  Put out a bright sign a few weeks prior to the sale to advertise.  – One word of caution – if you plan a neighborhood sale try to plan it on a day that other neighborhood sales in your area are NOT happening.  This will take buyers away from your neighborhood.  Plan yours for the week before if possible!

Advertise Well 

List your yard sale on Craigslist and list it often, at least once a week for a month prior to the sale. Be detailed and list what items you will have for sale.  Don’t forget the newspaper! Many yard-salers still use the newspaper to hunt down a good sale!

Children’s Clothing 

When selling children’s clothing write the size on the price tag – this will help your shoppers avoid having to hunt for the size. Price things to sell, I kept most of my prices from $ .25 – $1.00 a piece.  


Keep all like items together. All books can be placed in a box with the spines up, so shoppers can easily browse. Keep all household items together. Place furniture together so that those looking for furniture can see everything together. Organize your clothing by size!  This is crucial! Use hangers if possible to keep the clothing tidy or use boxes if that is easier.

Have a Pre-Sale at your house.  

Before I finished pricing everything I had a pre-sale at our house. I used Facebook to invite my friends and family and I allowed them to invite friends.  It was VERY successful!  We made over $100 in just 2 hours!

Make more money at your yard sale by selling food or drinks

Yard sale shoppers are often up at the crack of dawn (or earlier!) to find a good deal. Donuts, muffins, and coffee will sell great if you’re up and ready!  If it’s a hot day you can easily sell ice-cold water if it’s reasonably priced!  Hotdogs also sell great.  The neighbors across the street always sell delicious eggrolls.  I only lasted 10 minutes before buying a box!

Negotiate when you are ready 

I do not negotiate the first 3 hours of a yard sale – No Way! After lunch, however willing to negotiate. I don’t want to pack up everything and bring it home with me so even if I don’t get my asking price I’d be happy to give someone a bargain.

1/2 OFF during the last hour or fill a bag

In the last hour of the Yard Sale, I told all the shoppers that everything was 1/2 off. Another idea would be to hand out plastic bags and tell people they can fill a bag for $5 or $10.


Rather than pack everything up and bring it back into your house, plan to take a trip to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.  Our church has an annual “FREE” yard sale (they gave away everything at the sale and everyone is welcome).  This year I took photos of everything we plan to donate and I will take the time to document everything, this way I can write off all of these donations on our taxes this year!  Here is a link to Salvation Army’s Valuation Guide for figuring out how much your donated items are worth


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    May 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Great tips. I’ve had some very successful yards sales using similar strategies. I will negotiate earlier in the day but am not as willing to come down on a price as much as later in the day. I love the pre-sale idea. That’s new to me. My kids are always in charge of the food. That’s how they make their money. We’ve found people love rice krispie treats, brownies, oatmeal cream pies and lemonade.

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    May 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    We are having a group yard sale which will be the first I have participated in as an adult so I am grateful for the tips:) And I am so making Crack Bars to sell – they’re kinda like rice crispy treats but with Captain Crunch cereal and M & M’s. Yum!

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    May 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I love the idea of selling food at a yard sale! Maybe I should travel from neighborhood to neighborhood as a yard sale food vendor! 🙂

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    May 11, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Wow, great tips! For any yard sales we’ve done, we’ve never seen great success (even though they’ve been fun!), but these tips look like they’d help everyone – customers and sellers!

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