As summer winds down, now is a perfect time for a garage sale. The main reason being that many people will turn to sales to find school clothing, supplies, bags and backpacks for their kids. And when they are out shopping for those items, they will more than likely look at other items, too. I’ve had yard sales both at the beginning of summer and the end of summer, and both went off without a hitch. I try to have 1 or 2 yard sales a year to help keep my clutter at bay. Since I’ve been married, we’ve had 4 wonderful sales, plus we hosted a sale for some friends.
So if you are hoping to host a yard sale in the next few weeks, here are a few tips to help you earn money and pull off a successful yard sale:
- Clean out every room in your house, including closets and drawers.
- Clean out the attic and garage!
- As you clean out each specific area, put all of your items in a pile and price them after you’ve completed the area.
- Try to keep your prices as low as possible. Overly priced items will turn customers away.
- Either announce to each customer or write on a sign that you are willing to “accept offers” on your bigger items.
- Make sure you have well made “Yard Sale” signs both at the end of your driveway and at the entrance of your road.
- Try to post an ad in your local newspaper! List your biggest items and “hot selling” items (movies, clothes, games, etc).
- Post a “Yard Sale” ad on Craigslist!
- If you have a FaceBook, invite your local friends and family to the sale online.
- Try to be set up before your Yard Sale starts, that way your customers will have plenty to look at when they first arrive.
Have fun with your yard sale and even turn on the radio. Offer drinks & donuts to earn a little extra money. Most of all just have fun!