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:
10 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale!
- Location, Location, Location – We live 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.
- Organization – Organize your clothing by size! This is crucial!
- 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!
- Sell some Grub! 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!
- Be willing to negotiate – 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 – The last hour of the Yard Sale I told all the shopper 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.
- Donate – 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 giveaway 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.