Are you planning to have a yard sale this Spring or Summer? Regardless of whether you are doing it to make extra money or you just want to get rid of your clutter, here are some great tips to help make your yard sale as successful as possible.
Team Up with Friends, Family and/or Neighbors
Everyone loves a multi-family sale! Team up with your family, your friends and/or your neighbors to put together a multi family sale. Not only will you all be able to declutter your homes and your lives, but you will also bring more people to your sale with the promise of a larger selection of items.
Collect Your Sale Items throughout the Year
The most successful yard sales are prepared for, not thrown together. Be sure and gather the stuff that you are wanting to get rid of throughout the year or at least a month or two.
Pick the Perfect Location
If you are on a busy street or intersection, you are set, but if you live in a location that is hard to get to, you may want to reconsider your location. If you are having a multi family sale, like we mentioned earlier, choose the family whose home is in the best location for traffic. This will significantly increase your sales.
Be sure to advertise your sale with a classified ad and some signs. If people don’t know you are having a sale, how do you expect to get customers? I always choose to post my ad on Craigslist, but others have had a lot of luck with their local FB for sale groups
I know you want to make money, but don’t forget that you are having a yard sale. Think about how much you would be willing to spend at a yard sale and price according to that. People shop yard sales to get good deals, not to spend the same amount that they would in a thrift shop or retail store. If I can buy something for a similar price on clearance at a retail store, that’s where I am going to buy it.
Don’t make your customers guess at the price of your items. People want to know what they are buying and how much you want. Yes, they may try to haggle and negotiate, but chances are, you will lose a customer or two if prices aren’t marked. Not everyone likes to have to question it.
Be Willing to Negotiate
People love to haggle at yard sales. Price your items slightly higher than you are willing to go and you will see more stuff flying off the shelves.