Yard Sale Tips
you decide to get rid of the excess items in your attic, or storage
room, you have three choices: throw them out, give them away, or
sell them at a yard sale. Throwing out some items may be the best
option; others may return some of the money you have invested in
a Saturday a few weeks away to give yourself a chance to sort through
the items you will be selling. Check with friends, family and neighbors,
as multifamily yard sales do better, and if your neighbors are having
a yard sale soon, having them on the same day will generate more
people looking. More people will mean more sales. Check your local
regulations regarding yard sales before you start. Plan to have
your sale on a weekend when there are no major activities scheduled.
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ahead and spend the few dollars to run an advertisement in a local
paper. Many people go yard sale shopping, and if they don't know
about yours they won't be there. If you are teaming up with family
or friends for a yard sale the cost can be split between participants.
you are sorting out your items, label things that work, or don't.
Some people maybe looking for a part to repair something so don't
assume that just because that old blender doesn't work, or the jar
is cracked no one will want it. It is a good idea to have an extension
cord available so that people can check out electrical items before
things according to a plan: kitchen items, knickknacks, children's
clothing, adult clothing etc. If everything is jumbled together,
many people won't bother to look for bargains. Tables can be made
from sawhorses and lumber. A few hooks and some string will let
you hang clothing and looks much nicer.
some of the larger items out near the street, to catch the eyes
of those who are driving by. You will be surprised at how many people
will stop to look, even though they are not interested in the dining
items, but don't worry if they are not perfect. A little dust won't
hurt, but spider webs hanging from a lamp could well destroy the
sale. When deciding how clean an item needs to be considered the
time you would spend cleaning it, as opposed to how much the item
items is always a tricky part of the operation. Consider what the
price of a new one is, how old it is, what kind of condition it
is in, and what the going rate in your area is. If you are selling
paperback books for $1.00 each, and your neighbor sells them for
4/1.00 then you won't sell many. You might consider accepting offers
from buyers. If someone offers you 10.00 for a table, and you were
asking for 15, offer to sell them the matching lamp with the table
sure any assistants and you are on the same wavelength. If your
assistant just wants things gone, and you would prefer to keep something
rather than settle for low price, designate one of you to do all
the bargaining. Make sure that if you are having a multi family
sale, that someone representing each household is present for the
yard sale that way there are no unpleasant scenes about your accepting
a bid they consider to low.
sure you have a reasonable supply of change, and keep the money
on you at all times, a fanny pack is great for this, or a builder's
apron. While most yard sale shoppers are honest, their are those
individuals who would not hesitate to steal.
a cooler with cold water, and a supply of paper cups is a good idea,
you want people to stop and look, if they can get a drink of cold
water while they look they will be more inclined to buy. You might
also set aside an area with a few unbreakable toys for younger children
to play with while parents shop. This will save a few headaches
caused by bored children. The parents will also appreciate being
able to look around without having to worry excessively about the
children breaking something.
you are done, you can donate any unsold items to a charity, and
get a tax break. Some communities have yard sale buyers for secondhand
stores that do nothing but purchase items from yard sales. You might
check your local paper and offer the remaining items to them for
a set price.
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