My good friend and I hosted our first yard sale recently. We’re both still on a total high with how well we did. I thought I’d share what a novice yard sale host like me learned from the whole thing.
Signs. Make more than you ever thought necessary and make them stand out. We made sure our hot pink signs mentioned that it was a multi-family sale, as well as some of the
Unless you live at an intersection or on a major thoroughfare, hang bright (matching) arrows pointing people in the right direction. We live on a small street that’s probably obscure to even those who live in the area, but people were able to follow our hot pink arrows. You may also lure in some shoppers who are just curious about where the arrows go…several people told us that’s how they found us!
We also advertised on Craigslist, and were sure to mention our pink arrows and what
In order to keep our earnings straight, we each labeled our items with different color price dots. We knew that with 3 children 3 and under, we would both be running in and out of the house. I was green and my neighbor was yellow, so when someone bought something, we took the money and stuck the dot in our notebook. At the end of the day we were able to divvy up who made what easily.
We priced nearly everything because, like I said, we knew we wouldn’t be able to stay outside the entire time. Some things that we didn’t bother with were clothes and books. One sign on the front of the table was just fine. We had people ask about prices on everything, so I doubt spending a ton of time labeling each individual tshirt would have made much of a difference.
Also, some basic things that came in handy were lots and lots of singles for change, banquet sized folding tables to display our items, and shopping bags for the big spenders.
And a few final words of advice:
Sit on a box, sit on the ground, stand on your head. Just don’t, for the love, sit on one of these. Every. Single. Person. (and some of them twice) will ask you if they’re for sale.
Similarly, if you have your children in the yard with you and let them splash around in their baby pool or you serve lunch to them on their plastic picnic table, you will again be asked if those things are for sale. Even if there’s water in the pool or a child eating at the table, someone will ask. If you’re lucky, someone will just stop his car in front of your house, and without getting out, shout, “How much for the pool??”
Beware that yard sale success will breed a new eye for what you’re willing to part with. Every trip into the house for a drink or a trip to the bathroom had us eyeing potential yard sale merchandise. We plan to have another sale in the fall, and I’ve already started a pile of what I want to sell.
I’m certain I’ve forgotten all kinds of important things. I’ll add them if they come to me.
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