Yard sales!! It’s about that time of year again and even though we have been suffering a storm in Denver it is still never too early to start planning your yard sale. Yard sales are a great way to do some major decluttering while capturing in on a little bit of profit. They can be called tag sales, yard sales, garage sales… the name doesn’t necessarily matter so much as when you have your garage sale. I’m going to share with you my top 8 tips as to the when, where, and how to host a garage sale.
1. Try to host your yard sale on a Saturday specifically between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are numerous studies to show these are the best. Totally ok to do a multiple day sale, but make sure you hit the Prime Time.
2. Be well prepared in advanced for your yard sale. Know what prices you want to charge. Have your tables and other display options available and at the ready. Have your items sorted by category so you can easily place them out in a quick and efficient manner. It can be difficult to set up around those early bird shoppers.
3. Be sure to market your sale for a week or two. You can use the classifieds, signs around your neighborhood, a great app called Next Door, Facebook, Craigslist and other areas. Be sure to let people know that you are having a tag sale and what items you will be selling.
4. Be sure to highlight all items of interests! If you have big furniture, specialty sports items, or any big ticket items be sure to mention that in your ads.
5. Make sure you have change readily handy for all of your shoppers. If you’re going to price things at the quarter rates ($0.25, $0.50, $0.75) make sure that you have quarters to give back to people.
6. Team up with some other neighbors! Do a community yard sale or have the kids sell Girl Scout cookies (if there’s any left) or do a lemonade stand for an extra draw.
7. For any items that you may be unsure of giving away be sure to set a lowest price limit as far as how low you are willing to go on an offer. You will get those bargain shoppers who will try and get themselves a deal. And you do not want to kick yourself in the butt if you give it away for less than you are willing to.
8. Don’t forget a tent, chairs, water, maybe even one of those spray bottle fans. It can get hot sitting out there all day long and you’re definitely going to want to be able to sit down and relax between customers. The tent is great if the Sun is beating down or if you happen to have a little spring shower.
If you have things taking up space, still in good condition, and ready to let go of — Consider planning your first yard sale of the year and share with us the details of how it goes!