It’s yardsale season and I am loving it. Our town has really big whole community yard sales. People for blocks will have their yard open for yardsale enthusiasts. It’s awesome! Everything we’ve wanted to buy second hand, we’ve found in yardsales.
It’s not only about going to them, but putting them on. It’s kind of difficult, but the rewards far outweigh the difficulty. So far this year I have put on one and helped with one. Here’s what we learned that will help you do one yourself!
1. Go through every room in your house. Find items you don’t use and have a rule that if you haven’t used it in a year, you probably won’t in another year, toss it in the garage sale. Don’t hold onto items thinking you may use them again. It won’t happen. De-clutter, you’ll feel better!
2. Price before hand. The more prep work you do before the better off you’ll be. Pricing is long and tedious, but you need to do it well. If you are doing a multi-family garage sale, you’ll need to have a system in place for pricing and making sure everyone gets their money.
2. Organize, organize, organize. Don’t wait until the day of to sort where things are going, go ahead and put everything together how they will be. It will work better and more efficiently for you the day of.
3. One or two days? I have heard there are two kinds of people. The garage sale goers that go on Fridays and the ones that go on Saturdays. Some people say that they even buy different kinds of items! In my opinion it’s better to just bite the bullet and do it both days.
4. Don’t skip out on advertising. The generation that would look through the newspaper for yardsales for the weekend are still around! Many people buy a paper early Saturday morning and go from yardsale to yardsale all day. Now you can even put it on Craigslist! Don’t forget to put up signs around your neighborhood too!
5. Plan your sale for around the 1st of the month. That’s when people usually have the most money.
6. Don’t be afraid to give a deal. Remember this is stuff you want to get rid of. Yes, you could put it back in your garage for storage AGAIN, but you won’t make money that way. If you want to get rid of something, make a deal!
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