I love a good yard sale, especially my own. I find it's a great way to purge and clean house. Something we all need to do periodically. Just over a week ago I had my most recent sale, joining forces with my downstairs neighbor. We are on a narrow, private road with no street parking. This forces people to park on a nearby street and walk up a steep hill. Even with those challenges, due to a lot of pre-sale advertising we still got a good amount of traffic. I think I have had about 10 different sales over the years and have learned a thing or two. Below are some of my suggestions for having a successful sale.
- I recommend posting on Craig's List several times including the morning of and with good photos. Also place good signage through out your neighborhood. There may also be a neighborhood Yard Sale group on Facebook where you can also post your sale.
- Organize your items as far in advance as possible and clean them. You just get more interest and more money that way.
- Don't let people in your house for any reason and keep your door(s) locked. Better safe than sorry.
- Set up nice displays and group like items together.
- Price as many as you can and know what your bottom price is. People will always try to haggle.
- If you have high ticket items you can get a swiper from Paypal or Stripe at no cost, so you can take credit cards with your smart phone. They do take a percentage (around 3% depending on your account type) so keep that in mind.
- Be sure to go by the bank and get about $50 in ones and $50 in fives, so you can make change.
- Set up a "check out" table in a shady spot that allows you to keep a close eye on your cash box, phone etc... but close enough to your goods to answer any questions.
It had been over 4 years since my last sale and I felt this one was a bit overdue. I would say every 2-3 years or any time you move is about right. If I have a large pricy item I want to sell, I will just post it on Craig's List, I have had good success with that. After the sale my neighbor loaded a lot of her leftover stuff up and headed straight to our local Goodwill drop off. Another great option for purging and they will always give you a receipt so you can write off your donation.
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