In today’s economy everyone is looking for ways to save money. You’re going to help them save money while you’re making some extra money of your own. There are five steps to a successful yard sale. Following these steps will help your yard sale to be a success.
You’ll need to plan to have your yard sale where there is a lot of traffic. If your yard or garage doesn’t offer this then you need to find a friend who has a yard or garage that will provide this for you. A good way to do this is to suggest a joint yard or garage sale.
Date and Time
Plan your garage sale on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday (or all three days if you’re really into it) and try to plan it around the typical pay days for your area. If you aren’t sure on typical pay days tell some friends what you’re planning and that you are trying to find out when most people get paid. Someone is bound to have some answers for you so don’t be shy. Ask everyone you know.
Have a wide selection of things to sell in your yard sale. The wider the selection the better. Group like items together and only set a few identical items out at a time. This gives the illusion that an item is one of a kind or in short supply. You can replenish items later after the customer leaves (unless of course the customer asks if you might have more of said item then by all means find out how many they require and supply them).
Take the time to put a sheet or table cloth over tables and make things look neat, orderly and tidy. People are more likely to stop at a yard sale that looks organized and has a good presentation than they are at a sale that has things tossed haphazardly all over the yard.
Advertising and Pricing
Contact your local chamber of commerce and see if they offer a weekly newsletter that they might be willing to mention your yard sale in. Print up fliers and post them all over your town. Call the local paper and see if they do yard sale ads for free. Call local churches and let them know. Make sure to put up signs and posters with arrows pointing the way as well.
Keep your prices low. Remember, you’re helping others save money and trying to earn some of your own. Be reasonable to any offer and consider if it’s more important to you to get rid of an item for a few dollars or hang on to said item because someone wouldn’t pay $10 for it.
A yard sale or garage sale is a great way to earn some extra cash in a hurry. Between pay days it can help to make up any budget deficit by keeping food on the table, gas in the car or bus money on hand for those who commute.