Is your house full of "stuff?" Having a yard sale is a great way to clear the clutter from your home. Get the kids involved and turn it into a family event. You can even team up with neighbors and hold a Super Tag Sale.
Pick a name. Yard, Garage or Tag sale tells people that you're clearing out unwanted items. Estate sale means that you're liquidating a house's contents. (Moving sale is pretty obvious.)
Schedule your date ahead of time. This way you'll have time to advertise in your community.
Avoid holiday weekends. You'll get fewer shoppers.
Advertise, advertise and advertise some more. Make sure your signs are legible. They should include the sale's date, time and address. Don't forget to advertise online .
Price items realistically and be prepared to bargain. Use colored sticky dots to price everything (e.g., green = $10, red = $15) and hang up a chart with the color code. Set up 50 cents, $1 and $5 dollar tables or boxes for smaller items.
Create an attractive display. Use folding tables so people don't have to root around on the ground. Hang clothes on a rack. Put a chair near the shoes so people can sit down to try them on. Placing furniture or children's toys near the street is a good way to draw in the crowds.
Make sure you have plenty of change. You'll need a calculator and a cash box, as well as bags for customers' purchases.
Keep your fingers crossed for good weather, but have a covered space set up in case of summer showers.
Have you ever had a yard sale? Would you do it again? Please leave a comment below.
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