5 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

It’s that time of year again when you can clean house and make money on the stuff you no longer want and need.  Aren’t yard sales great?

If you’re planning to have one, you’ll want to follow these 5 tips that have guaranteed us successful yard sales for the last six years.

1. Advertise
This is a simple no-brainer for bringing in more customers. Make sure to do this at the beginning of the week at least if not earlier.

  • Post your ad for free on Craigslist or Yardsalesearch.  Or if you are willing to pay a bit you can also place an ad in your local classifieds.
  • Include your full address, not just Hillside Development, Brownstown.  People may not know where that development is!  If people have your full address they can get directions online right to your place.
  • List any unique items or items that may be of interest. For example: Lots of books, baby clothes, baby furniture, plus-sized ladies clothing, tea cup collection and more.
  • Don’t forget to post the hours and date(s) of your yard sale.

2. Show them Signs
A sign screaming YARD SALE will catch people’s attention and attract interest even days before you have the sale. Keep it simple, neat and attractive. The point is to catch people’s attention not distract them. Attaching a couple of balloons makes it easy to spot.

  • Post the sign several days in advance.
  • Place it where it is very visible and be sure to make it big enough that it is readable from the road.
  • One of my friend’s likes to put up a different sign the actual day of the yard sale. It simply says, Yard Sale Today. That way if you are having a two day yard sale people don’t assume by the second day that all the good stuff is gone.
  • Another option is to post a flyer at your local grocery store, laundromat, garage etc.

3. Price things low to go
I really dislike yard sales that just have items sitting out with no price. I like to know what something costs without having to search out the person in charge to ask them. In fact I often pass up things just because I don’t feel like going to the bother of asking the seller. I am pretty sure that I am not alone in this either from hearing others talk. Yes, pricing takes a bit of time but I promise it will sell things for you too.

  • Lay aside all sentimentalism. Remember, even if that fuchsia and orange flower arrangement is special to you because your great aunt Henrietta gave it as a housewarming gift when you bought your first home, it doesn’t mean that I will think it is worth $5. Think how your customers will think.  Ask yourself, “How much would I be willing to pay at a yard sale for this?”
  • If you really want to get rid of things, keep the price super low. Lots of 10, 25, and 50 cent items appeal to people. At my one yard sale I even priced some things 5 cents that I was sure no one would want.  Guess what? They were some of the first items to sell!
  • If something is new or is electronic and works well, write that on the tag. But remember, you can’t expect to sell it at the price you paid.  This is a yard sale after all!
  • Be willing to take a lower offer on an item. Remember the goal is to get rid of stuff.  Better to make a dollar less on than to not make any money at all!

4. Organize your merchandise
I can’t believe how many yard sales I have been to that don’t do this simple, easy step. No one enjoys looking over tables full of a hodge-podge of items or digging through boxes piled full of who knows what.  I am much more likely to browse and spend more time looking at items if they are organized.

  • Put like things together such as all dishes, all home decor items, all electronics.
  • If you can’t lay books, CD’s, and DVD’s out nicely on a table then put them in boxes- but don’t make the box so full that you can’t flip through the items easily. If you have a lot of books, it is nice to also put all children’s books in one box, all fiction in another, all non-fiction in another and so on.
  • Hang as many clothes as you can.  An easy way to do this is to get to step-ladders and put another regular ladder through the two of them, creating a nice hanging spot.
  • Organize baby and children’s clothes by size. No one likes digging through a bunch of unorganized clothes. If you have both boys and girls clothes of the same size, make a separate spot for each one. I like to put them either on a table or in a box with a clearly marked sign with the size and gender written on it.
  • Place bigger items on the ground propped up against trees or table legs BUT make sure that they are visible!

5. Greet your customers
You know how stores have someone greet you when you enter? Well apply this same principle to your yard sale. It makes people feel welcome and lets them know that you are open to talking to them about any questions they have about your items.  A simple “hello” or “good morning” as they walk up is sufficient.

What have you found helps you have a successful yard sale?  Or what makes you want to buy when you go to yard sales?

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