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Yard Sale Tips 
 
It's Summer, and Yard Sale Season is here in full force!
 
Yard sales are a great way to make some money and get rid of things you no longer use without having to travel any farther than your own driveway.  They can be fun in the right circumstances, but they are a lot of work, and they're not for everyone. 
 
If your main goal is to get rid of things to create more space in your home, yard sales are usually not the best choice because they take advance planning, you usually won’t get rid of everything, and you may be better off spending your time organizing the things you plan to keep instead. 
 
But if you want to give it a try, follow the tips below:
Tips for Success:
 
  • Advertise ahead of time.  Most local newspapers have yard sale sections, and many customers make a map of the day’s sales before going out.  Be sure to get on their list!
  • Post CLEAR signs with your address, directions and/or arrows around your neighborhood and especially in front of your house.  Be careful not to post signs illegally on others’ property.
  • Lay things out in categories – jewelry, clothes, kitchen items, books, music, etc. 
  • Pre-price EVERYTHING.  A lack of pricetags will cause many shoppers to walk away, and if you have helpers, it makes it much easier for them to sell without having to ask you about every item's price.
  • Price things appropriately.  This is a yard sale, and shoppers expect bargains.  Visit other yard sales to see what others in your neighborhood are charging for similar items.
  • Be prepared to discount items beyond your marked prices, especially if shoppers are buying multiple items.  Yard-sale shoppers are used to haggling successfully.  You can wait until later in the day to reduce prices, but by then, most of your shoppers will have gone and they won’t be back.  Never forget that your goal is to sell this stuff!
  • Have a back-up plan in case of bad weather.
  • Keep cash organized in a cashbox or apron.  Get plenty of singles and change ahead of time to be able to make change for shoppers who only have tens and twenties.  For safety, always have one person monitoring the cashbox.
  • Be prepared for lulls in the day.  Try to do your sale with a friend or family, and plan ahead to keep yourselves entertained during the dull times.  Bring a book or cards, have music, be sure to have water and other refreshments to keep you energetic throughout the day.
  • Be prepared that you will probably NOT sell everything, and to donate it if it didn’t sell. Make a clear plan to bring your leftovers to your favorite donation site at the end of your sale.  Don’t bring anything back in to your house!
 
 
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Consider a yard sale if:
 
  • You have a good location:
- Big enough and flat enough to show your things comfortably and allow customers to walk around
- Easy parking for shoppers
- Ideally very visible from the street
  • Youenjoy selling - describing your items in glowing terms and helping people realize how useful an item will be for them (even though you don't find it useful any more)
  • You won’t be offended if strangers pick through your things, occasionally make rude comments about them, and consistently try to get cheaper prices for them
  • You havesomehelp, especially at the beginning of the day when "earlybirds" arrive before you thought they would, and can overwhelm you.
  • You are willing to take the time to clean everything at least superficially (no cobwebs), price it all ahead of time, and set it out so it's convenient and attractive for customers to look through.
  • You have the right attitude – the goal is to get things out of your home or storage area, into someone else’s home where they can use it, and make a little money in the process.  If you plan to make huge profits on your items, or even get your money back given what you paid for them originally, a yard sale is probably not the way to go.
 
 
A yard sale can be a lot of work, but it can be fun as well. Good luck with your sale, and remember to use the proceeds on something you really need or enjoy so you won’t just end up selling it at your next yard sale!
 
 
 
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