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How to Host a Successful Tag Sale

If the
spring season has you wanting to declutter your home and get rid of
your old stuff, one of the most popular methods of doing so is
hosting a tag sale. Not only will a tag sale give your items a second
home, it can make you some extra money in the process. Just follow
these tips and you will be well on the way to hosting a successful

What you will need:

  • Blank
    posters, markers, and a stapler/tape to make signage.
  • Folding
    tables to display your goods.
  • Change
    for your customers – small bills and coins.
  • Bubble
    wrap, bags, and boxes for packaging items.
  • Stuff
    to sell!
  • Optional
    – music and refreshments to make the sale more enjoyable for your

What to do:

  1. Check local laws
    and regulations.
    important to familiarize yourself with any local regulations
    regarding tag sales. You want to make sure you aren’t breaking any
  1. Pick a time and a
    date for your sale.
    should pick a date at least two weeks in advance to give you time to
    prepare and spread the word.
  1. Decide what items
    you will be selling.
    these items and repairing any broken pieces will help them sell for
    more money. Determine a price for all of your items and mark them
  1. Advertise your
    tag sale.
    a week before your sale, start building hype by advertising it in
    your local newspaper or online outlets such as Craigslist. You can
    also post about it on your social media accounts to inform your
    friends and family.
  1. Post signage
    around your neighborhood.
    posting signs in your neighborhood two or three days before the
    sale. Make sure the signs are easy to read and include the date and
    time of the sale, as well as your address.
  1. Gather your
    day before the sale, make sure you have everything you need,
    including tables for displaying your items, packaging materials to
    wrap up your goods, and small bills and coins to make change for
    your customers.
  1. Set up your tag
    yourself two hours to do this. Make sure all items are properly
    marked and out on display. Add music and refreshments to make the
    shopping experience better for your customers.
  1. Final steps.
    the sale is over, make sure to take down any signage that you
    posted, and get rid of your leftover items. You can put them on the
    curb with a “FREE” sign, donate them to charity, or simply throw
    them away.
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5 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

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.
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
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.
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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