While you may think that terms such as ‘yard/garage sale,’ ‘tag sale,’ and ‘estate sale,’ are generic phrases associated with getting rid of old stuff from your house, according to Lennon Hall Antiques, if you use the correct term you can make more money by getting the people who are interested in what you are selling. This means that you need to evaluate honestly what you have for sale. You should also consider why you are selling the items that you are.
Moving Sales Save You the Hassle of Packing
A moving sale indicates that you are moving and you don’t need to take all of your stuff with you. You may be downsizing or you just don’t want to have to pay to move bulky items, such as furniture. People are going to expect to find useful household items such as pots and pans, dishes, furniture, linens, etc. Be ready to bargain; shoppers will realize that it will cost you money to take these items to your new home.
Advertise your sale at a nearby college. After graduation, young adults who are establishing a new apartment will be eager to find discounted stuff for their new home. Also, your sale could get the attention of families getting ready to send a child off to college.
Yard Sales and Garage Sales Help You Clean House
If you’ve done some housecleaning or cleaned out your attic or garage then you may realize that while you don’t want to keep some of your items, that perhaps someone else can make use of them. ‘Yard sale’ or ‘garage sale’ suggests to people that they will find clothing, used toys and sports equipment, kitchenware, dishes, knickknacks, and other odds and ends that you no longer need.
People will expect to find things dramatically cheaper at a yard sale than they would anywhere else, whether the items are used or new. Have some items marked under a dollar to get people buying. A garage sale is an easy way to make a few dollars selling things that you no longer need.
Estate Sales Empty a Property
Although an estate sale may be used when a family member goes into assisted living or a nursing home, most estate sales occur after someone has died, leaving a house empty of occupants. While a yard sale suggests a bit of housecleaning, an estate sale indicates that you want to empty a house ‘down to bare walls.
You can hire a firm to run the estate sale, or you can do it yourself, provided that you are willing to research what you have. An estate sale suggests antiques and other vintage items. Shoppers will not only expect to find one or two individual’s belongings but the items that they inherited. At an estate sale, people will move through the house looking at items. Family members, who want to claim items for themselves, should remove them before the sale so there is no question about what is for sale.
A Tag Sale Offers a Little of Everything
A tag sale is a hybrid garage sale and estate sale. This term suggests items nicer than you’d find at a yard sale with some vintage and antique items for sale as well. A tag sale is often held by (or held for) someone who is living. Shoppers at a tag sale will expect to find a wide range of items in good condition at prices higher than those as a yard sale.
While a yard or garage sale can generate “found” money from items that were collecting dust, a moving sale can help you reduce your moving costs. Tag sales and estate sales can be emotional because these tend to involve a loss or a dramatic change in an individual’s or family’s life.
For ideas about cleaning and organizing see
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