Tips For a More Profitable Yard Sale
The weather is finally beginning to warm up and Spring is in the air. It’s a perfect time to clear out clothes that no longer fit, toys that have been outgrown, and knick-knacks that no longer fit your décor. Spring cleaning often means having a yard sale, and added bonus of spring cleaning is that you can also put some money in your pocket (you know to bring home more stuff). There are several ways you can maximize the money you bring in on yard sale day here are some tips for increasing sales:
Prepare– The day before get change- quarters, lots of ones, fives, some tens, and if you have lots of big items, get a couple twenty dollar bills to make change. Have a safe container to put it in. Grab hangers for clothes, and lots of extra bags for bagging their items- friends are usually more than happy to share their stash of grocery store bags.
Advertise- Craigslist, local Facebook yard sale sites, and community clubhouse’s are a great place to advertise your sale. More foot traffic= more sales. Lot’s of bright, clearly written signs in front of your house, at each corner and throughout the neighborhood pointing the way to your sale will make people want to stop.
Clean– Don’t put out dirty items. Chances are they wont sell at all. Take a tub of baby wipes or Clorox wipes and wipe down toys, furniture, and appliances. Don’t put dirty clothes out, wash and fold them. The minimal amount of time you put into will be worth getting a little more money out of your items.
Organize– Don’t just toss items on a tarp and expect them to sell. Well organized tables are more appealing. Fold clothes, sort them by- men, women, and childrens at least if not sizes. Set all toys on one table, appliances on another, knick- knacks and so forth. Neat tables will be more attractive to potential customers.
Negotiate- Especially on big items, be willing to negotiate. Mark them a little higher than what you know to be your rock bottom price. You don’t have to waver at 8:30 a.m but if it hasn’t sold by noon you may want to reduce your price and be willing to haggle if you don’t want to lug it back inside.
Label– Price everything, it will save you from being asked 1,000 times a day “How much is this?” by 5 people at a time. Most times people wont even bother to ask. Unless you are doing something like -Fill a bag with clothes for $3.00- In which case a big sign will be sufficient. Also, if you have people helping they wont have to guess that you wanted $25 for Aunt Myrtle’s antique mantel clock instead of $2.
Donate– Whatever you don’t sell and doesn’t have sentimental value. If you don’t want to carry it all back in and store it you can donate to any number of places; Salvation Army, women and children’s shelters, games to the local children’s hospital, etc.. You will be doing something nice for a charitable organization and get the bonus of not re-cluttering your home. Ask for a receipt and you can also use your donation as a tax write off.
In the famous words of Elsa from Frozen “Let it Go!”