A Yard Sale Can Get Rid of Excess Stuff
As you look around the house, do you feel like things are closing in? Are the closets full and are the drawers overflowing? Is there no room on shelves and mantle for knick knacks? Do you have to park on the driveway because the garage is totally filled with lawn and sports equipment? It’s time to do something about the situation. A yard sale is just the thing to meet your needs.
First, tackle the house one section at a time. Pull out clothes that no longer fit or are no longer wanted. If you haven’t worn an item in over a year, get rid of it. Gather up the knick knacks that you have accumulated over the years but no longer suit your taste. Be ruthless. In the garage, put things where they belong. Hang up the tools and lawn equipment. Do you have sports equipment that the kids (or you) have outgrown, Assemble it in a pile in the middle of the garage. This is the beginning of your staging area. Remember to check the linen closet. Just how many sets of queen size sheets do you need? Take the overage to the garage.
Getting Ready for the Yard Sale
Before the day of the sale, put an ad in the local paper, Craig’s List and other social media. Be sure to name specific items you have for sale. You will have no trouble selling children’s toys and clothing. If you hope to get rid of furniture, be prepared for shoppers to come inside your home. They will want to view the item if you can’t get it outside for display. Make or buy signs that say “yard sale” and list your home address. Price the items. Either use small stickers from the office supply store for individual pricing or make a sign for other things like “all books 50 cents each / five for $2”.
Invite neighbors to sell their unwanted items at your sale. In that case, Each participant will use a different color sticker.
Yard Sale Day
People who come to a yard sale are looking for bargains. They expect to pay a few dollars or less for most items. Larger items like lawn equipment might bring more money. Clothing will bring a few dollars depending on condition. The whole point of your yard sale is to unclutter your home and get rid of things you no longer need or want, not to make a million dollars!
On yard sale day, get up early to set up. First put up the signs on busy corners in your general neighborhood. Then get back home to set up. Tables are great for displays but if you don’t have any, spread sheets or tarps on the ground and lay out your sale items. If you have a way to hang clothing, do that. It makes it easier for your customers to browse. Move your car away from the house to make more room for shoppers. Most important, be willing to dicker. After all, you don’t want this stuff any longer.
The bigger the sale, the more shoppers will drive by and be attracted so invite your neighbors to participate. Advertise a multi family yard sale. And when it’s all over, take the things that didn’t sell to a local charity and be sure to get a receipt.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated for accuracy, freshness and comprehensiveness.