One
man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
This age-old adage is the perfect mantra for yard sales; a magical
place where you can find everything and anything for little more than
the change in your pocket. If you are planning on hosting a yard sale
of your own, use these five tips to make it the best that it can be.
Spread the word.
No
yard sale will be successful without customers; start spreading the
word about two weeks before the day of the sale. You can advertise to
your local community in many ways without paying a cent for ad space.
Utilize free online sources such as Craigslist and Facebook, which
has several groups dedicated to local tag sales. Posting signs around
the town is another way to attract attention – just check to make
sure you aren’t breaking any town laws first.
Perfect your signage.
If you
choose to post signs around the town to advertise your garage sale,
make sure of a couple of things. First, the sign should be readable.
Not only does this mean neat handwriting, it means big text and using
a thick marker instead of a ballpoint pen so people can see the words
from their cars. You should also make sure all necessary information
is included; such as the date and time of the sale and your address.
Attract people driving
by.
Even if
the advertising leading up to your sale was unsuccessful, you can
still entice oncoming traffic to stop and take a look at your items.
The best way to do this is by placing your best items in the very
front of your yard so they are easily visible to those passing by. A
free pile is another good trick; lure potential customers in by
giving small items away for free, and try to make a sale once they
are browsing.
Stay organized.
Organization
is key to any good yard sale. Make sure to have all of your items
properly tagged and sorted into appropriate groups – furniture,
kitchen items, toys, clothing, etc. A well-organized garage sale
makes items easier to find for browsers and increases the chances of
them finding something worth buying.
Price to sell.
Keep in
mind the target audience of garage sales; many times, your customer
will be someone who just happened to be driving by and notice your
sale. This person likely isn’t planning on spending hundreds of
dollars, in fact they probably don’t even have that much cash on
them. Yard sales are usually a last resort to get some extra cash for
your stuff before you throw it away or donate it, so keep everything
reasonably priced. For instruments, furniture, and anything else over
$100, try selling it on Craigslist.
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are cleaning out your home with plans of a yard sale, you will
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