That last blog made me think about the best way to get rid of that old crap, er, I mean valuable collections. Remember, what you get rid of now, your kids won’t have to later. Plus, it’s summer. The perfect yard sale weather.
I’ve said before, I perversely enjoy putting on a yard sale. Maybe it’s because I’m a chatterbox and love it when strangers have to talk to me. Also, I LOVE getting rid of stuff. The money isn’t the motivator, more the feeling of hundreds of pounds of weight loss that comes after people have loaded up their minivans with my old stuff.
What are elements that make your garage/yard sale stand out above the competition? Read on for tips on putting on the best sale of your block.
- Start early in the morning – that’s when the serious shoppers are out. Plus, you can wrap up by 2pm when it gets too hot.
- Sort your items by category – sports equipment, clothes, books, board games, figurines, Beanie Babies, baby items, kitchen gadgets, etc. should each get their own card table or space to themselves.
- Consider partnering with your neighbors to make it a big event. You’ll get more traffic.
- Set your date for the first weekend of the month when people are flush with cash after payday.
- Price cheap and offer bundles – like $.25 per book or 5 for a dollar.
- Advertise – Next Door, Craig’s List, and Facebook are all free ways to get the word out on your sale. Buy some balloons and signage to draw attention to passersby.
- Clean off your stuff! Wipe off the dust and cobwebs to make it appealing to touch and buy your items. Hose off the bikes and scooters for a little shine.
- Offer refreshments (for a price!). If you have kids get them involved by setting up a stand to sell lemonade and cookies. People are more likely to browse if they aren’t hungry and thirsty.
- Plan what you will do with unsold items. Call for that ARC pick up the day after the sale, borrow a friend’s truck to donate the leftovers, or advertise free stuff at your curb the day after your event.
Happy selling, friends!