Most of us today have too much stuff. When it comes time to get rid of some of your excess items, you may want to simply donate them. If you need cash, and who doesn’t, another alternative would be to hold a yard sale. There are several things you can do to ensure your yard sale is a huge success.
Do Your Homework
Some cities require you to have a yard sale permit. These usually only cost a few bucks and are not hard to get. Though the laws are very lax in most cities when it comes to yard sales, you do not want to take a chance on being fined for holding one without a permit.
Spread The Word
People will not come if they do not know about it. Place a free ad in the yard sale section on Craigslist. Be sure to include the time it will begin and the time it will end. You will also want to include your address and some basic directions that will help people find your home. You will also want to put signs up around your neighborhood. If you are close to a main road, be sure to place a few there. Your signs should be eye catching and easy to read. Choose a bright poster board, and use a permanent marker to write your information on it. If you want to spend a few bucks, you can advertise your yard sale in the local newspaper.
It is a huge hassle to stand around telling your shoppers the price of each individual item. Not only that, many people are too shy to ask about pricing and will get back into their car and leave when they see that nothing is priced. Price everything just a little above what you would actually like to get for it. Yard sale shoppers are notorious hagglers, and you will want to leave yourself with some bargaining room. Do not price your items so high that it discourages shoppers. Your main goal is to get rid of this stuff. Whatever is left at the end of the day, you will be left to deal with.
You will want to have plenty of cash on hand before your yard sale starts. Several hundred dollars worth is ideal. You do not want to find yourself in the position of not selling items because the buyer only has a hundred dollar bill. If you price your items at only dollar amounts, you will need only bills. But if you have items priced at change amounts, you will need plenty of quarters on hand.
Be Willing To Combine
If you are serious about getting these things out of your yard and into a good home, be willing to combine items into package deals. A buyer may ask you to cut them a deal if they are purchasing multiple items. If the price they are offering is reasonable, jump on it. You just made money and got rid of a few more items. If you are feeling generous, give things that are not drawing much attention away for free to people who are making purchases.
The ultimate goal of a yard sale is to make some extra money while clearing out space in your home. Yard sales are a lot of work, but you can easily bring in several hundred dollars in one day if you do it right. Follow these simple guidelines, and you are sure to have a successful yard sale.