Yard sale, garage sale, moving sale, rummage sale, whatever you’d like to call it, it’s a great way to get rid of stuff you don’t need, use or want. Below are some tips to make a sale run smoothly to give you the best results!
Go through your house room by room, look through each closet, drawer, surface and wall. If you haven’t used it for a long time and it doesn’t have any sentimental meaning, get rid of it.
Sort and Price
It’s easiest if you sort all your things into categories before pricing. Dedicate the garage or a room in your house as your sale headquarters. Organize into kitchen items, clothes, toys, books, electronics, etc. Then spend the time to price everything individually. With the exception of a category that you plan to price identically, such as paperback books, you need to put a price tag on each piece. It will make your sale go much more smoothly if you don’t have to price things on the spot when your customers make inquiries. Try not to overprice, this is a yard sale after all, people are looking for bargains. Also, round to the nearest dollar to make check out easier for you and the buyers.
Advertise Your Sale
Run an ad in the local newspaper, but also advertise your sale on line. There are dozens of websites that promote garage sales, as well as community pages and Facebook groups, that promote local sales. Include photos of a few items you think might be especially enticing for buyers. Put up signs where they will get the most traffic, making sure your lettering is large and easy to read. If your subdivision is having a neighborhood sale that coincides with your time frame, plan your sale for those dates!
Get Ready for the Sale
Display items on long tables and hanging racks that people can browse through easily.
Put a few interesting items near the end of your driveway to encourage people to stop and shop.
Have a power strip ready so customers can see that appliances, lamps, and other electronics are in working order.
Get a cash box or money pouch with plenty of small bills for making change, it may be a good idea to have a helper with you to assist during the busy times and to keep an eye on things.
Expect early birds even if your ads clearly state your start time.
Plan for Leftovers
You will likely have items left when your sale ends. If you still have large pieces, such as furniture, consider posting them on sale sites (Facebook, Craigslist) as long as you are comfortable with doing so – safety first! You might also consider donating these items to a charitable organization or taking them to a resale store. Have a plan in mind that you can execute immediately, so none of your clutter makes its way back into your house.
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Randy and Yvonne Hoyt
Licensed REALTORS® and Listing Specialists
2300 W Michigan
Jackson, MI 49202