10 tips for throwing a great yard sale

  1. Throw your yard sale on (what you hope) is going to be a beautiful weekend… not in the middle of winter!  Spring time is when people are done hibernating, want to get out and explore all that they’ve missed during the winter.
  2. Saturdays are the most productive yard sale days as it’s the beginning of the weekend, people are still happy and not dreading going back to work on Monday.
  3. Always post signs 5 streets away in any direction of the sale making sure to give easy directions to the sale.  Also, include the date on the sign, so they know that the sale is happening TODAY.  Make the signs large enough to read as folks are driving by and yet not too full of info that it can’t be read at a glance.
  4. Post the yard sale on craigslist.com, tagsellit.com, et al sites with photos of what’s for sale making sure to note the hours you’ll be selling.
  5. Be ready BEFORE the assigned start time as serious yard salers arriver early!  You know what they say, the early bird catches the worm… or in this case, the cute wooden chair they’ve always been looking for!
  6. Group items on tables by price and clearly mark prices, so you don’t have to make it up on the spot.  People don’t like it when you make up a price after you’ve “sized” them up!
  7. Make sure to have plenty of change on hand and be willing to negotiate.  It’s a part of yard sale-ing.  A good way to think about it is this:  you’ll get more than you thought on some items and less on a few others.  It’ll all even out in the end.  Remember the point of the sale:  to get rid of stuff!
  8. Have freebies for people such as left over mason jars and vases… things that have little value.  Then, you get to have a table with a big sign that says FREE!  Who doesn’t like free stuff?
  9. Have free water for shoppers… shopping can be parching!  Selling hot dogs is a fun way to get people to hang around a little bit longer and shop a bit while they eat ;-)
  10. Be nice.  Nobody likes to buy from a jerk.  Greet everybody with a, “Hello!  Let me know if you are looking for anything specific and I’ll let you know if I have it!”  And, don’t forget to THANK THEM for taking the stuff off your hands :-)
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