Get Ready For Yard Sale Season With These Tips

by | Jul 10, 2019

Who doesn’t love finding treasures? 

If you have a bunch of items you’re getting rid of, why not sell them for maximum dollar with little hassle? Instead of listing them on online marketplaces like eBay, yard sales are a great way to make a few bucks in just a few hours. Chat with passersby and collect cash — win win!?


Why Yard Sales are the Bomb-Diggity


Yes, there are tons of places to sell your items online, but it’s not always worth it. The time it takes to individually list an item and ship it could be more hassle than it’s worth. Fragile items are at risk of breaking in the mail, and heavy items will cost a pretty penny to ship. Even local garage sale apps like OfferUp require time and effort to meet up with customers. Yard sales make it easier — everyone comes to you! 


How to Set Up A Yard Sale


Anyone can host a yard sale, but you want to have an awesome yard sale. Use some of the following tips to help make your yard sale as successful as it can be:


Time it Just Right


Most yard sale enthusiasts know that Friday’s are prime sale time. If you can, have your yard sale on a Friday and Saturday for maximum traffic. Also consider having your sale closer to the beginning of the month since shoppers will have gotten their paychecks and may be more willing to pay a pretty penny for your goods. 


Advertise Your Sale


There are plenty of places to advertise your yard sale — community bulletin boards , signs around the neighborhood, and on websites like NextDoor and YardSaleSearch. Don’t forget to tell family and friends, and ask them to spread the word. It can also help to tease some of the hot ticket items you’ll be selling to build excitement. 


On the big day, make sure you have large and clearly marked signs so people know exactly where to go. There are never too many arrows and balloons. (There’s nothing more irritating to a yard sale buyer than not being able to find the dang house.) 


Create a Pleasant Buying Experience


Yes, you’re selling used items, but taking the time and care to display items in an organized and attractive way will help them fly off the shelves. 


Take the time to group items together and put smaller goos on clean folding tables. Label any items that are not for sale, and keep more valuable items near the “cashier” to keep an eye on them. You can also kick it up a notch and make your yard sale a pop-up shop. Take a few ladders and wooden boards to create shelving for knick knacks. Or arrange clothing by size and tops or bottoms. 


Most importantly, make sure there’s plenty of space for people to move around so that everyone has a chance to browse without getting annoyed and leaving altogether.


Price Items to Sell


Keep in mind that you want to price your items low enough that shoppers won’t hesitate, but high enough that you’ll make some money off of the sale. 


Think about the true value of the item you’re selling. No matter how meaningful they were to you in the past, objectively consider how much someone would reasonably pay for them now.


You’ll also likely encounter people who love to bargain. Entertain their offers, but have a price in mind in advance that you want to stay above. In some cases, taking someone’s offer (even if it’s low) may be worth it because you’re guaranteeing a sale.

Closer to the end of your sale, think about pricing your items lower to move them faster. 

Team Up If your house is in a location that’s not ideal — like windy roads or lack of street parking — you may want to host your yard sale elsewhere. Partner with your neighbors and have multiple yard sales at the same time at a more ideal location to entice buyers.  Plus, the more the merrier!


Last But Not Least 


Let’s be real — not everything is going to sell. In that case, you’ll want to figure out what to do with your unwanted items.The simplest route is to pack it all up and head to the nearest Goodwill. For more valuable items, try your hand  listing them on local buy and sell websites, or take it to a consignment store.


Now you’re ready to plan your own yard sale — happy hosting! 


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