I learned years ago as a kid that having a successful yard sale was like a competitive sport ~ there is hard work, sweat, and strategy involved. My parents used to have them every year, and often we’d visit other sales too. After my own kids came along, the excess unwanted stuff began to pile up rather quickly, so selling it all at a yard sale and making some extra cash seemed pretty genius to me. Ever since, I’ve had one at my house every summer.
Here are the guidelines I follow for a successful yard sale every year:
Declutter Every Single Room. Go through every room in your home the month or week before your sale, asking yourself do you love it, use it, or is it just collecting dust? Does it hold serious sentimental value? If not, put in in the ‘yard sale’ pile. Don’t try to sell things that are broken or worthless, instead recycle or dispose of them, they will detract from the things you’re selling that have actual value.
Get Together. Enlisting friends and neighbors makes for a fun social scene, and also more things to offer buyers. Make sure you mention in your ad that it’s a multi family sale!
Advertise. Online ads on sites like Craigslist and Garage Sale Finder have replaced the local newspaper, so use them strategically. List the time, specific address, and directions if your home is not so easy to find. List your categories of goods like “toys” or “linens” and a few big ticket items too. Keep the sale short, I find it brings more customers. “Saturday Only, 8 to 11” sells your stuff a lot quicker than “Saturday and Sunday, 8 to 2”.