Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

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With Spring and Summer comes Yard Sale season!

There are many things you need to think about before the day of your sale so the whole operation runs smoothly. Here is a list of the best tips to make your yard sale a success.

Research Average Prices

Don’t start pricing your stuff without consulting a garage sale pricing guide first, or you may not sell much at all. People will get a sense if you’re overcharging for things and then they’ll leave, so save yourself by pricing things fairly. They may have a lower sticker price than you’d like, but they’ll help you sell more over the course of your garage sale. 

Make Sure Everything is Cleaned Off

The next step to ensuring a successful garage sale is to make your belongings look attractive. Your old flat screen TV will pick up buyers no matter what, but dusty lamps and stained bedding will not. That’s why you need to go through each item in your garage sale pile and clean it all off. It’ll be worth it when you’re selling faster than you imagined.  

Come Up With an Organization Plan

Have you put much thought towards how you’re going to set everything up on the morning of your sale? If you don’t come up with an organization plan ahead of time, you’ll waste precious time during your garage sale trying to find a space to put everything.

Know Where Your Money Goes

Think about where you’re going to put the cash you get in return for selling your stuff. Do you have a portable lock box you can use? Maybe you’re more of a fanny pack kind of person and you’d rather keep the change on you at all times. Figure out which makes more sense to you and be prepared to follow through with it so your money is safe. 

List Where Your Signs Are

If you’re wanting to advertise the old fashioned way by making signs and putting them up around town, don’t forget to write down each location that you visit. The day after your garage sale (or the next weekend if you’re too busy), you’ll want a list so you’ll know where to visit to take down the old signs. 

Make a Traffic Pattern

If the best case scenario happens, lots of people are going to show up to look at what you’re selling. Don’t make them all crowd between a few piles of stuff! Plan out your tables and displays in a functional traffic pattern. Think of making everything in a circle or around the edges of your yard. Just try not to create any points where people might get caught up and clog progress of the garage sale. 

Advertise Online

You might be of the mindset that advertising online might bring more awareness to your garage sale so you’re wanting to do it that way instead of putting up signs. Before you post about it on your Facebook and call it a night, check out some great places to use to advertise online. Your message will reach more people if you put in a little extra effort in the right places. 

Have Bags Ready for Guests

Think of what you’re trying to sell and how your visitors will be able to take the things home that they like. If you have a lot of little things like silverware, toys or beauty accessories, try to provide bags guests can use after they make a purchase. Grab some extra plastic bags while you’re at the grocery store.