Simple Steps for a Successful Yard Sale

Teenage Girl Holding Yard Sale

Spring is the very best time to host a yard sale and get rid of all the extra items you don’t need anymore. Plus, you can make a few bucks! But to have a successful yard sale, you need to plan.  Here are 6 suggestions:

Decide Where to Host Your Sale

Your yard might not be the best place to have a yard sale. Is your home hard to find? Is it located on a steep hill or in the middle of nowhere? Is street parking limited? Do you have a tiny yard? If you answer yes to any of those questions, your yard probably isn’t a good place to have a sale. Consider hosting a sale at a more convenient location for passerby. Perhaps your parents, siblings or friends live in a more visible, residential area that sees a lot of traffic. Maybe they have a bigger yard or lots of room for people to pull up their cars and browse. It will take more effort to haul your stuff to another location, but you will see a lot more sales if you do.

Figure Out When to Have Your Sale

Hosting your sale on the right day is key. It’s a good idea to have your sale early in Spring. April is a great choice. Saturday is by far the most popular time for people to check out garage sales, and the start of the month is also a good bet because it’s near a payday for most folks. Make sure to watch for weather. If the local forecast calls for rain, you should postpone the sale until the weather clears up.

Schedule the Sale Time

Most successful yard sales begin around 7:00 am and end around by lunchtime, so start early. If you plan to keep your sale going all day, consider marking down prices in the afternoon to entice potential buyers.

Organize Your Sale

It’s a good idea to start planning for your sale at least a month out. The more you organize, the better your sale will be. When you start figuring out the where and when of your sale, take some time and talk to your neighbors to see if they have plans for one as well. Coordinating a sale day with your neighbors is a great idea because it can often help attract a lot of people to your area. You’ll also be able to help each other advertise and create signs to direct people to your sales.

When gathering your goods, make a schedule for sorting through your items, setting prices, and most importantly, advertising the sale. Using a spreadsheet that lists all your items, initial prices and lowest prices (people love to barter) is a good idea. You’ll want to keep a printout of that sheet handy during the sale so you can mark off what is sold and for how much.

Set Up Your Yard Sale

Make sure you set most of your sale items on tables to make them more attractive, accessible and easy to view. Put clear price tags on each of your goods for sale. If you have any of the original boxes or instruction manuals, include those; they often make the “find” more valuable to buyers. If you have loose toys or jewelry, consider putting them in plastic bags so they don’t get lost easily. You can also put similar items, like action figures, in a big bin and sell them as a set or at bulk prices – 1 Action Figure $2.00! Buy 3 for $5.00! It’s always nice to consider weary or hot shoppers by having some chairs available for them to sit in. Make sure to mark them so people don’t think they are for sale.

Sell Expensive Items Online

Don’t feel like you need to include every single item in your sale. When you are figuring out what items to sell, there will be some things that just don’t fit with a yard sale, like expensive stereo equipment, high-end jewelry, etc. Set them aside and sell them online via eBay, Craig’s List or another e-seller site.


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