They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure and that clique couldn’t be any truer when it comes to yard sales. So, are you ready to earn a little spending money for an upcoming vacation this summer and tired of the clutter that requires acrobatic skills to maneuver?
Currently, the weather and timing are right for a successful yard or garage sale. We’ve put together some tips to help you maximize getting your home organized and your earnings.
If you are lucky enough to have a garage, I highly recommend setting up shop inside your garage so that you can literally open for business over the whole weekend.
Let’s get started with these tips!
*Plan your dates. You will want to decide how much stuff you want to sell and whether you want to advertise your sale the entire weekend. Saturdays are the most popular day to hold a garage sale so may decide to just have it for one day. Check the weather and make sure it’s not ridiculously hot or the forecast indicates it will be filled with non-stop thunderstorms and rain all day.
*Create a plan of attack for decluttering and what you will be selling. Personally, I like to tackle this Herculean task by going room to room. Set aside a pile to keep, to throw away and to sell. For instance, toss out broken toys and severely stained clothing.
*Order the necessary permits for your yard/garage sale and be sure to ask if the permit also includes any free ad space. Then, place your ad in the newspaper for your upcoming sale with a start date(s) and time. Most bargain hunters like to start early in the day to try not to make it a start time later than 8:30am. Additionally, don’t waste your time going past the hour of 1:30 pm. Don’t forget to
*Organize your goods to sell. It’s a good idea to use tables but clean blankets work just as well. Just make sure you have your electronics, clothing, kitchenware, gardening items, books, toys, etc.. in separate sections. Pro tip: Put out toys and stuffed toys where they will catch the eye of children and hot times such as furniture, electronics or lawn mower where anyone driving by will see it and stop.
*Supplies. Neon poster boards, balloons, ribbons, neon pricing stickers and large black magic markers are standard staples. Create pricing stickers for your items so that you can maximize your sales and avoid haggling on certain items. Especially, the big ticket items such as furniture. Display your poster boards with large letters and attach balloons. Again, certain neighborhoods have rules so be sure and check first before hanging any signs. You will want a sign leading them from the busiest intersection to your house and at least three more with arrows to your home.
*Last-minute prep. Sometime the morning of or the night before, make sure you have plenty of change and single-dollar bills. Keep the money close in a money back or fanny pack or use a lock box to that you can protect your till. You will also want to hang your yard sale signs the morning of your sale approximately one hour before it kicks off.