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Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Well, it’s yard sale season once again. In fact, this weekend we are doing our own yard sale with a couple of friends and while I admit it is a bit of work, to me it is worth it. What better way to make some money while cleaning house and getting organized?
If you are planning a yard sale too you might find the following five tips helpful. We do a yard sale almost every year and these are tips that I’ve used first hand to have a successful yard sales.
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, Yardsalesearch, or Garagesalesource. 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. What if I don’t know where that 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 YARDSALE will catch people’s attention and attract interest even days before you have the sale. Keep it simple and make sure it is neat and attractive. The point is to catch people’s attention not distract them. If you care to, attach a couple of balloons to the sign as well.
- Post the sign several days in advance.
- Place it where it is very visible and also 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 yardsale. It simply says, Yardsale 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. Not a bad idea I think.
- Another option is to post a flyer at your local grocery store, laundromat, garage etc.
3. Price things low to go
Maybe I am strange, but I really dislike yard sales that just have stuff 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 you 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. When you are pricing items 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 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. But guess what? They were some of the first items to sell! Remember the goal is to get rid of things…and making a little money is a fringe benefit.
- 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. Again, remember the goal is to get rid of stuff. Another way of looking at it is that if you don’t take the lower offer, you may not sell it at all and then you’ll make nothing.
4. Organize your merchandise
I can’t believe how many yard sales I have been to that don’t do this simple, easy step. I doubt that I am alone when I say that I don’t enjoy 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 and “easy on the eyes”.
- 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. No one likes to dig through boxes full of unorganized clothes. 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. Again, 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 on it.
- Place bigger items on the ground propped up 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?
Image: Yard Sale Sign in Grass via Shutterstock
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Wondering what Swagbucks is? Check out my post that explains it all.
Swagbucks just kicked off “March Swagness” which will run until the end of the month. With March Swagness, you have the potential to earn bonus Swag Bucks while doing all the things you are already doing on Swagbucks.
So how does March Swagness work? Well, every day they’ll have an earning goal listed on their homepage. As you earn Swag Bucks throughout the day, that meter will fill up and when it’s full, you’ll have earned your bonus for the day. And if you hit the earning goal every single day of March Swagness, your bonus amount will be doubled!
Don’t forget, EVERYTHING you earn on Swagbucks counts towards March Swagness – including Search, Surveys, Tasks, Swag Codes, Special Offers, Referral Bucks, Winning TTPTP, Hashtag and Comment hookups.
I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to this chance to earn more Swag Bucks. I love redeeming my Bucks for Amazon gift cards and it seems that I always have a running list of things to buy!
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Last week I explained how Swagbucks is one of my favorite ways to earn a little extra money. This week I’m going to explain how you can make the most of the different ways to earn Swagbucks.
Since I joined Swagbucks in Nov. ’09 I’ve earned $195 (thirty-nine $5 Amazon.com gift cards and $10 via Paypal directly deposited to my bank account). Swagbucks has fast become my favorite way to earn online, partly because it is so super easy. While the primary way to earn Swagbucks is through searching the internet, there are many other ways you can earn “bucks” as well. So what are my tips for making the most of Swagbucks? Read on to find out the ways that I’ve tried to maximize my earnings:
* Download the Swagbucks toolbar. Seriously, if you do nothing else, at least do this one! I didn’t download the toolbar for a long time and when I finally did it I realized how much earning I missed out on because without the toolbar I’d forget to use Swagbucks. Basically what it does is download a toolbar that will allow your search engine to be Swagbucks instead of Google or whatever search engine you were previously using.
To download the toolbar, go to “Toolbars” and follow the instructions.
* Use Swagbucks for ALL of your searches including sites you visit everyday. For instance if I want to go to Ebay or to my blog, The Thrifty Frugal Mom, I’ll simply type that into the Swagbucks search engine. No, I don’t win something every time, but it sure has increased my search engine usage and I win more as a result…and it only takes a couple of extra seconds.
* Follow Swagbucks on Facebook. From time to time they give out free Swagcodes which obviously help you earn more.
* Follow Swagbucks on Twitter. Same story as Facebook, you’ll have the chance to get more free codes.
* Follow the Swagbucks blog. Several times a week they post a free Swagcode.
* Refer your friends. When the person you refer using your unique referral code wins Swagbucks, you will too! You can earn up to 1,000 matching Swagbucks for each referral. I haven’t gotten many referrals, but the couple I have did help me earn a few extra Swagbucks. To find your unique referral code, go to “Promote” on the Swagbucks website.
* Take the Daily Poll. Simply go to the Swagbucks website and click “Earn” then “Daily Poll”. I don’t visit Swagbucks specially just to do this, but if I happen to be on the website I’ll often take the extra couple of seconds and take the poll.
* No Obligation Special Offers (NOSO)- you can earn 2 Swagbucks a day with this. Just go to “Earn” then click on “NOSO”. Click the “Start Earning Now” button and continue through the offers. Note- you do not have to complete ANY offers to get the Swagbucks. You can simply keep clicking “Skip” or “See Next Offer” until you get to the end where you will claim your Swagucks.
* Swagbucks TV- you can find this under the “Earn” tab. I like to have these playing while I’m working online- it’s a simple way to earn an extra 3 Swagbucks for every 10 videos watched. Not a fast way to earn necessarily, but still painlessly easy.
Are you a Swagbucks user? What are your favorite ways to earn “bucks”?
Saturday, January 14th, 2012
One of my favorite ways to earn a little extra money is through Swagbucks. What is Swagbucks? It’s a free search engine kind of like Google. The great thing about it is that each time you search the web using Swagbucks, you have the chance to earn “bucks” which you then can trade for things like gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, Target and more or you can even have them pay you via Paypal.
Here are some of the reasons why I love Swagbucks:
1. I can earn money for doing something I already do, not to mention it’s painlessly easy.
2. I can use the Swagbucks I earn to get cash deposited into my Paypal account which I can then transfer to my bank account and use for whatever I jolly well please.
3. I can trade the Swagbucks I earn in for Amazon.com gift cards. This is personally my favorite way of using Swagbucks because you get the most bang for your buck this way. And plus, Amazon carries almost everything, meaning I can get anything from diapers to sweeper bags to batteries to drip pans for my stove FREE! Oh, and if you select items that qualify for free Super Saver Shipping, you don’t even have to pay any shipping costs either.
4. They give out free Swagcodes sometimes meaning I can accumulate Swagbucks even faster.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and earn yourself some bucks!
Stay tuned. Next week I’ll give you some tips for making the most of Swagbucks.