Now that we are planning for a baby, the first step is making space for this new little person in our home. Which means, our office is now going to become a nursery, and we have a whole mess of stuff to get rid of. When my husband and I began going through our “junk”, we agreed that a yard sale was in order.
I’ve done quite a few yard sales and I just hate how tedious they can be. Usually for very little profit. More importantly I have a hard time with people looking through my personal things over a 6 hour window, and trying to convince me that $1 is much too expensive. “I mean this is junk!”. Plus there is the occasional, “Why do you own this?!” I would much rather be the one haggling for the extra 50 cents, and insulting their past purchases. So this time I tried to get it right from the beginning, and we’ve had our most successful yard sale yet. These yard sale tips will help you dramatically. Trust me.
Plan It Out
Pick a weekend that will surely have nice weather. Those yard sale shoppers love being out when the weather is nice.
Make sure you really do have enough items to sell. You especially want to make sure you have some larger items, because this is where you make most of your money.
Make sure you are able to start early in the morning. The best shoppers are ready to start bright and early, so make sure you can be set up and ready for when they arrive.
Make great signs to put up in your neighborhood. Make them look nice, use bright colors, and add and arrow to guide them along. I had accidentally made extra and had someone actually buy one for their own yard sale they were going to have.
Post your ad on Craigslist the Monday before, and the day before. Be sure you add as many great photos of your items as you can. Craigslist lets you add 24 photos for yard sale posts.
Use social media. Post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You never know what friend or family member will see and want to come. Plus, each time you get them to respond or share your link, all of their friends will see the post too.
Team Up with Another
When you partner up with another friend or family, you are increasing the items that could potentially attract passer by’s.
Teaming up also means that person will be telling everyone they know, and you will be getting more people to come by and check it out.
There is no better and faster way to set up or take things down, then having extra help.
Price It Out
Choosing the pricing in advance will prevent you from giving something away for too little.
Purchase bright-colored to stickers to clearly display prices for customers to see.
There is no need to label a large number of items that all have the same price. If you have a stack of DVD’s, just leave a sign that reads the amount clearly for all.
Price slightly higher than you would like on those larger items. People will no doubt try to haggle, so you will be able to get about what you’re asking for.
Always be flexible with your price. People who are shopping at yard sales want to spend as little as possible. You have to try to be friendly and make a deal. They will usually take even more off your hands once they see how much you’re helping them out.
Be ready in the last hour to have a dramatic discount on everything. Give away that entire rack of clothes for a few bucks. This way you earn some cash, and you will have less to clean up at the end.
Display It Right
Put the larger, more appealing items, in the front. It really does make more people want to stop and look.
Always make it look full. As the day goes on and you are running out of items, spread things out so it looks like you still have a lot of pieces to be looked through.
Use a clothing rack if at all possible. First try to borrow one. You could try to buy one from Target but considering it’s $20, only get it if you plan to get some real use out of it.
Group similar items together. It makes it look more appealing, and they could potentially buy something that is similar, that they may not have other wise seen.
Put out a ‘FREE’ box. We all have things that we really don’t want to ever see again. Drop these in the box and you will get a lot more people coming by to shop.
Good to Have on Hand
Make sure you have extra paper or plastic bags to allow those buying items to take them home easily.
Get a lot of change before hand. Get some quarters, and small bills. I mean if you can’t break their bills, then they can do any buying.
Have coffee and donuts out. You can charge if you would like, but it is a nice gesture for those shopping. Sometimes they’ll even buy something just because they got a cup of coffee.
Plan to do a lot of yard sale and flea market shopping this season? You should be. Prepare before hand and read ‘There Are Rules to Shopping a Flea Market‘ and ‘Things To Look for at the Flea Market’.by