When the warmer weather rolls in, many people get like to clear some things out of their house that they may no longer want or need. Having a yard sale always seems like a good idea, but an unsuccessful yard sale can leave you feeling disappointed and worn out, not to mention the fact that you were not able to get rid of any of your unwanted items or make any money. When planning for a yard sale, advertising is a key aspect for success. In order to have a successful yard sale, people need to be aware that you are having a yard sale. Placing an ad in your local newspaper with the date, time and location will get you a lot of lookers; there are many people who will travel around town going to yard sales on the weekends. Brightly colored signs hanging at the nearby intersections of the busier streets around your house will also get the attention of people who are already in the neighborhood.
Planning is also a key part of a successful yard sale. Make sure you are ready to provide your customers with bags to carry their purchased goods in, and be sure that if you are selling anything that needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet, you have a power cord available so that they can test out the products that they are interested in. You will also need to be sure that you have enough and the right types of change for people who are paying for goods that may not have exact change. If you do not have change readily available, go to your bank before the yard sale opens to exchange some of your cash for change in different denominations.
You will also need to set reasonable prices. If you have advertised properly and gotten a lot of attention to your yard sale, but people are just taking a look and leaving, that is a good sign that your prices are too high. If you find it difficult to lower your prices, just remember that you are not using the item and it is just taking up space in your house. If you donate it, you will get nothing unless you are lucky enough to get a tax deduction at the end of the year, so just be satisfied that you will get more than nothing when you are lowering your prices. You will feel more gratified at the end of the yard sale if you have more money than stuff.
In order to have a successful yard sale, you will also need to do some research to know what typically sells well at yard sales and what does not. Things like tools, kitchen items, appliances that work, and sporting goods typically sell well when priced right, while adult clothing and collectibles are not typically successful at yard sales. When you have done your research, keep a perspective on what is being sold so you will not be disappointed when your closet full of clothes that is ten years old or older is still there when you are done with your yard sale.
Organizing your yard sale well is another thing you can do to increase the success of your yard sale. Organize like items together, such as placing candleholders in the same box or on the same table, place the books together and the kitchen appliances together as well. This will help your customers avoid what they are not interested in so that they do not have to sift through all of the items to be sure that they didn’t miss something they may want to purchase. You can also make it more convenient for your customers to see what the prices of things are by placing the price sticker on the top of the item so that the customers can scan the prices without picking up all of the items that they are interested in. You will also want to clean up the exterior of your house to make it look its best on the day of your yard sale. If you have a lot of tall grass, your flowerbeds have not been attended to in two years, and things just look like a mess, customers will be more likely to keep driving without stopping at your yard sale. Just a little bit of preparation can help ensure that your yard sale is a profitable one.