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Here’s how to have a yard sale that will get you top dollar for that stuff you don’t want anymore. One of my favorite ways to make some extra money is by having a yard sale. But not just a little table with a small assortment of items on it – I’m talking about a yard sale of epic proportions.
I’ve had sales that made more than a thousand bucks before when I was paring down to move.
How to have a yard sale and make bank
Below are 10 things you can do to make your next yard sale one for the record books.
- Set up for rain or shine. If at all possible, plan how to have a yard sale in the house or garage. We have previously used our front room for yard sales and blocked off the doorways to other rooms. We moved everything out of the room that we weren’t selling aside from “surfaces” like tables and shelves. Setting up indoors has two major benefits: the weather doesn’t matter, and you don’t have to tear down and set up again the next morning if you’re running the sale for a couple of days.
- Choose a time when folks will be around. Having a sale on a holiday weekend can sometimes be a big flop, especially if it is a major holiday like Easter or Thanksgiving. On the other hand, if the weekend is a 3-day weekend like Memorial Day weekend, you may do very well, especially if you are on the road to the beach.
- Price EVERYTHING. Nothing is more annoying to yard sale shoppers than having to ask about the price of multiple items. Make sure all your prices are marked clearly. Often, a shopper will expect a larger item to be far more expensive than you’ve priced it at, which means you may miss out on sales if you haven’t marked the items. Use masking tape or by price stickers at the dollar store – I prefer the brightly colored ones that are easy to spot.
- Color-coordinate your signs. One trick to help people find your sale is to make all your signs look similar. When we had a previous sale, we lived down a long, curvy country road. We made arrows with black Sharpie on neon green poster board to help people find us. You can also tie balloons to your signs to catch people’s eyes.
- Make lots of signs. We put an arrow at every curve or possible turn so they’d know where to go. You can put things like “Keep going” and “Almost there” and “just another half mile” for added encouragement. Don’t just stick a sign at a stoplight with your address on it and expect people to make it to your sale. You need a sign facing all directions at major intersections and at the top of your street.
- Put advertisements wherever local yard-salers look to plan their weekend routes. That can mean a local newspaper, the bulletin board at the grocery store, or the yard sale ads on Craigslist and your local Facebook groups. For the online ads, be sure to post pictures of some of the prime goodies that you’re offering.
- Decide if you’ll sell stuff early. When you are deciding how to have a yard sale, there is one important decision to make ahead of time. Be prepared for people to contact you before the sale for larger items like furniture once you have advertised online. DO NOT AGREE TO HOLD ITEMS until you have the cash in hand. If you want, you can usually get full price by agreeing to let people come and take a look ahead of the sale. I often list the large or expensive items individually to try and sell them before including them in the yard sale.
- Have plenty of change. The night before the sale, grab quarters, ones, fives, and tens. If you can, try to keep $300 in change on hand so you can break large bills early in the morning.
- Know where the closest ATM to your home is. If you have larger items, some folks may not have enough cash with them. Be ready to direct them to a nearby ATM, but beware of holding items for very long. How to have your yard sale be most successful is by getting rid of everything – you’d hate to hold something for someone who never returns and then have to drag the item back inside. Here’s an online ATM locator.
- Let the kids sell refreshments. My kids always did a refreshment stand when we had yard sales. We would pick up treats like cookies, Rice Krispy treats, and water bottles for them to sell so they could make a little money too. Especially if you live far away from the local coffee shop or fast food joints, people will be happy to grab a snack.
What are your tips for an epic yard sale?
There you go! Ten steps to the best yard sale you’ve ever had! I hope you make a fortune!
Do you hold yard sales? What is your advice to people wondering how to have a yard sale? Share your best advice in the comments.