How to Have a Successful Yard Sale This Spring

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale This Spring

Spring is the perfect time to get rid of all the old items you don’t need anymore and revitalize your home. But once you’re done cleaning out our house, what can you do with all that extra stuff while also making some extra cash? You may want to start prepping for a yard sale. With some planning, you can make quite a bit of extra income this season. Here are some tips:

When do I Have a Yard Sale?

Determining when to have your yard sale can be tricky. It’s a good idea to hold a sale early in Spring. April or May are great choices. Saturday is by far the most popular time for people to check out garage sales, and the start of the month is also a good bet because it’s near a payday for most folks. Make sure to watch for weather. If the local forecast calls for rain, you should definitely move the sale to another weekend.

Where Should I Host a Yard Sale?

Most people host a yard sale in their own yard, but yours might not be the best location. Do you have a tiny yard? Is your place hard to find? Are you located on a steep hill or in the middle of nowhere? Is street parking limited? If you answer yes to any of those questions, your yard probably isn’t a good place to have a sale. Consider hosting a sale at a more convenient location for potential customers. Perhaps your parents, siblings or friends live in a better location, like a residential area that sees a lot of traffic. Maybe they have a bigger yard or lots of room for people to pull up their cars and browse. It will take more effort to haul your stuff to a more visible location, but the increase in sales will make it worth it.

 What Time of Day Should I Start a Yard Sale?

Start early. Most successful yard sales begin around 7:00 am and end around by lunchtime. If you plan to keep your sale going all day, consider marking down prices in the afternoon to entice potential buyers.

How Do I Organize My Yard Sale?

The more you organize, the better your sale will be. Start planning at least a month out. Along with figuring out where and when the sale will be, make a schedule for sorting through your items, setting prices and, most importantly, advertising the sale. Using a spreadsheet that lists all your items, initial prices and lowest prices (people love to barter) is a good idea. You’ll want to keep a printout of that sheet handy during the sale so you can mark off what is sold and for how much. Take some time and talk to your neighbors to see if they have plans for a yard sale. Coordinating a sale day with your neighbors is a great idea because it can often help attract a lot of people to your area. You’ll also be able to help each other advertise and create signs to direct people to your sales.

How Do I Set Up My Yard Sale?

Make sure you set most of your sale items on tables to make them more attractive, accessible and easy to view. Put clear price tags on each of your goods for sale. If you have any of the original boxes or instruction manuals, include those; they often make the “find” more valuable to buyers. If you have loose toys or jewelry, consider putting them in plastic bags so they don’t get lost easily. You can also put similar items, like action figures, in a big bin and sell them as a set or at bulk prices – 1 Action Figure $2.00! Buy 3 for $5.00! It’s always nice to consider weary or hot shoppers by having some chairs available for them to sit in. Make sure to mark them so people don’t think they are for sale.

What Do I Do with Expensive Items?

When you are figuring out what items to sell, there will be some things that don’t really work for a yard sale, like expensive stereo equipment, high-end jewelry, etc. Don’t feel like you need to include these items in your sale. Set them aside and sell them online via eBay, Craig’s List or another e-seller site.


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