Tips for Planning a Successful Yard Sale

Spring cleaning often results in boxes and bags of unwanted clothes and household items-what do you do with it all? Have a yard sale.

Holding a yard sale is one of the easiest ways to try and recoup some cash from your unwanted items. Here are some tips to help you have a successful yard sale.

1. Gather Items: We all say we want to have a yard sale-one day. We just can’t seem to find the time to get everything we want to sell boxed up and ready to go. Make plans to do this over a several week period leading up to the yard sale date. Set out empty boxes or storage bins and encourage children or other family members to try and fill a box with items they no longer want. Hold a contest to see who can fill the most boxes or bins. Remember, if something you no longer want is broken or torn, chances are no one else wants that item either. As you are gathering items, it is okay to throw away things that are worn or broken.

2. Advertise: If you are going to hold your own yard sale, advertise early with appropriate signage. Make sure you check to see if your community has any restrictions about holding a yard sale and that you post signs only where permitted. Many church and community associations hold multi-family yard sales. For just a small donation, you will have the benefit of someone else advertising and organizing the event. Larger yard sales will equate to a larger crowd and more sales.

3. Pricing: It isn’t necessary that you price every item you are putting out for sale. Try sorting things in boxes or bins that you wish to sell for the same price. Post a sign on a box that says, “Everything in this box is $5.”

4. Change: Make sure you have plenty of change, in smaller denominations, the day of the yard sale. People often have to pass on a purchase because a seller can’t make change for a $20. Plan a stop at the bank a week before your yard sale date.

5. Don’t Bring Anything Home: The whole idea of having a yard sale is to remove items from your home that you no longer want or need. Try posting markdown signs as the yard sale draws to a close. Some sellers will even start to mark items as free. If you have items that you cannot sell or give away, plan a stop at a local charity on the way home and donate what you have left from the yard sale.

Yard sales are a great way to make some extra cash on items you no longer need or use. Go ahead and give it a try!

Jenny Power, Absolutely Organized

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