It’s a tradition that has been passed down for years and can be a good way to make some extra money on things you no longer want or use. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings true to many early-rising yard sale goers. For some, it is a hobby to see what gems they can find in the driveway of a stranger. However, the quality of these sales (whether it be a garage sale, moving sale, yard sale, estate sale, or any other name you may give it) has went downhill over the last several years. Dragging a sheet of random items into the driveway, or opening your garage to allow for people to come in and dig through boxes is not the BEST way to conduct a sale that you hope makes you a good chunk of change. Here are some tips from zillow.com on how to have a successful sale…
- Avoid “drive-bys” by having enough inventory. People don’t stop and get out to look if there are only a few things scattered around. 100+ items is a good start.
- Have a variety of inventory. All clothes or all toys won’t get the traffic you desire. Make sure there is something for everyone to get out of the car and look at!
- Using tables and even tablecloths to display your items makes your sale look classier. The better it looks, the more shoppers you will have. The more shoppers you have, the more money you make!
- Put prices on your items. People don’t want to ask you about every item they find, and you don’t need to keep inventory of every item and its price in your head. Make it easier on you and your shoppers by using price tags. It takes more time, but it is worth it especially during the busy shopping times.
- The day you have your sale is very important. Spring is a great time as the weather warms up and people are getting out and about. Fridays are the best day of the week followed by Saturdays as the second best day. The serious yard-salers get out early in the morning. Avoid holiday weekends.
- Signs are the first impression you give shoppers. Poor signs will not get a second look, much less the time it takes to follow them to your house. Use large letters that are easy to read, and make it double-sided so it can be seen from both directions of traffic. Use as few words as possible, and be sure to add clearly seen arrows leading to your sale.
- Wear some kind of apron or money belt to make yourself stand out to shoppers as the one in charge. It will also give you a place to carry your money.
- Make sure you have change. Early birds are the best shoppers, but if you don’t have change for their larger bills, they will take their business to the next sale likely not coming back to your’s after spending all their cash at the other sales.
- Have bags and boxes for your customers to carry their items to their car. If you are selling furniture or other large items, you may want to make sure you have help available to carry things to cars.
- Plan on donating what doesn’t sell. The point is to make some money while decluttering your home. Don’t bring the unwanted items back in after the sale. Many charities will even pick up what is left over.
Good presentation and planning of yard sales can be hard work, but if your goal is to make some extra money, it will pay off. Making sure you choose the right weekend during the right time of year will ensure the best turn out possible so you don’t feel like it was a waste of time.
Moving sales are a great way to get your home ready to put on the market. Get rid of anything that you don’t plan on taking to your new home. It will not only get the clutter out of your house making it look more appealing to buyers, but you will also have less to worry with when it comes time to start packing up to move.