Yard Sale: Tips to Have the Best Yard Sale Ever! - Part 1 of 3
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Who wants a successful yard sale? I do, I do.
Whether success means getting rid of lots of stuff or making moucho money
you will have what it takes by the time you finish reading these three posts.
I have years of experience and a great number of yard sales under my
belt. I started helping my Mom thirty years ago and she has had at least one
yard sale every year ever since.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of it all, keep in mind that you
have to have lots and lots of stuff to sell. The more you have, the higher
chance you’ll get crowds of people stopping by to purchase from you.
That being said, let’s get to it.
The main points for part one of this mini-series will cover:
And the last part will include a couple of printables.
Yard Sale Preparation
So where are you going to get all that stuff to sell? Look. Your
merchandise is all around you.
Gathering Your Merchandise
Things come and go in my home all the
time. When they go, they end up in the giveaway box. It’s just an ordinary
cardboard box that I keep around. Whenever I come across something I don’t want
anymore, I toss it into the box.
Purging. Grab anther box and systematically go
through every room in your home.
Toss in anything you don’t want or
haven’t used in six months or more.
Look in your closets, attic, basement,
garages and crawl spaces.
Run over to your neighbors and do the
same there. Just kidding.
Remember, just because you don’t want it
or you think it is worthless doesn’t mean everyone will feel the same. Your
trash is someone’s treasure.
Don’t forget the bottom of the kid’s toy box. I find all kinds of interesting things there.
What about old power bars, cell phone
chargers, USB cables, computer cords … I have a drawer full of these types of items.
Get rid of all those clothes the kids
What about your clothes? Too small or
too big – get rid of it. If you gain or lose weight you’ll probably want new
clothes anyway. You know you'll want to treat yourself. :)
Let your friends and family know that
you will be having a yard sale. They may want to just get rid of a few things
too. My Mom always has people dropping off stuff for her spring yard sale.
You will want help for several reasons:
Having a multi-family or block yard sale will really grab people’s attention
and the bargain hunters will show up like crazy.
When you have friends, family or neighbors involved, the work gets
divided up amongst everyone instead of it all being on your shoulders.
You will want a yard sale buddy so you can take washroom breaks and grab
a bite to eat. Your buddy will also come in handy when your yard sale is
swamped with customers all trying to buy from you.
Pick a Date
Saturday is the best
money making day and Sunday is the next best.
If you do pick Saturday you can always extend your sale over to Sunday.
Or Sunday can be your rain date.
Yard sales held in the late spring or early fall will draw in more
customers than those on the hot summer days.
Try to avoid holding your yard sale at the same time as big events
because your sale probably won’t be their first choice.
We open our yard
sales between 7 and 9 am and close around 3 pm or 4 pm.
The number of potential customers drops by 1:00 or 2:00 pm but we get a
new surge around 3.
Don't let a little rain ruin your yard sale. You could move everything
into your garage, shed, gazebo or you can set a rain date.
Yard Sale Early Birds
No matter what time you decide to open your yard sale there will people who
will show up anywhere between one to one-and-a-half hours before your
advertised start time.
Yes those crazy early birds will swoop down on you quickly looking for a
bargain. Chances are they are pickers looking for items to resell.
My advice is to make them wait until you’re supposed to open or charge
them considerably more for the inconvenience.
Pick a Place
Where is this
yard sale going to be? We’ve debated it a few times but we always end up at my
across from the Beer Store and let’s face it, the store gets pretty busy once
the warm weather gets here.
are always asking her when she is having her yard sale. They anticipate it and
look forward to it every year.
Now it’s your
turn to decide.
·Should it be at your home?
oWill it be easy for your customers to see your sale from the road?
oIs there enough places to park?
oIs there enough room to spread out your merchandise?
·Large common areas are also good for multi-family sales.
Just check with your neighborhood association for details on obtaining
permission to use it.
·You may want to rent a booth and be a part of a larger group of sellers
such as your Church bazaar. Where ever you decide to have your yard
sale please keep the safety of your customers in mind. Make sure it is a safe place.
Check for Permits
You may be required to have a permit to
have your yard sale. Make sure to check because you don’t want to get fined and
have your yard sale shut down.
To save time you may want to search
online for answers. You may even figure how to apply for a permit there.
Advertise, Advertise, Advertise. You don’t want your yard sale to be the best kept secret of the century.
Advertise, advertise, advertise. You don’t want your yard sale to be the
best kept secret of the century.
1.You can start your campaign by placing an ad in your local newspaper. We
have a paper delivered to us free twice a week so if advertised there we know our
ad will be delivered to every home in the area. Remember to keep your ad short
and sweet. List a few items your selling like furniture, kids’ toys, or
collectibles. And don’t forget to include your address with the date and times of
2.Do an e-mail blast. A
week or two before your sale let your friends know you are having a yard sale
and encourage them to let all of their friends know.
3.List it as an event on
Facebook. Then remind everyone two days before your sale.
5.Put a sign in front of your house a week before your yard sale. Works
especially if you live across from the Beer Store.
6.Post flyers on your neighborhood community billboard, at the
corner store, the grocery store, laundry mat, coffee shop and library.
7.Create your ad in a word processing program so you can copy and paste it
to each listing site and onto your flyers.
8.We post yard sale signs on utility poles but you may want to check with your local
police station to see if they have been banned in your area.
·Use a bright colored poster board to grab everyone’s attention – fluorescent
green, cheerful yellow, bright pink or wild and crazy orange. Whatever color
you choose be sure to stick to it so it's easier for your customers to
recognize and find you.
·Staple your poster board to cardboard to make it sturdy so it will stay standing up straight.
·Use a big black marker to make your sign. It will contrast nicely with
the background color making it noticeable and easy to read.
·Make the lettering large, bold and simple.
You want it to be easily read
from far far away. Remember those signs are going to be read by someone
whizzing by in traffic
·Don’t forget to include a rain date, start and finish times, and the yard sale location address.
·Post as many signs around the neighborhood as you can with arrows going
in the right direction – hang between ten and twenty signs.
·You need 2 huge posters on
the closest busy road near your home – one on each side of the road so both
directions of traffic can see it. Fortunately for us, king street is half a
block away. If you are thinking that having a yard sale may be an annual event
consider putting together an A sign out of scrap wood and just staple your
posters to it each year.
balloons on your large signs. You need to grab peoples attention or they could just go right by your signs and never even see them.
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