Yard Sale Tips
I made close to $600 at my first ever Yard sale…. Yes, almost $600! I hosted the 2-Day Yard sale at a friend’s house since I kind of needed a yard and our apartment doesn’t have one. Here are a Few Tips that I used to have a great Yard Sale, as well as some Tips I wish I’d done from the Start.
1) Set a Date and Time:
Be sure to Set a Date that you are sure you’d be available for and make sure it’s NOT a Holiday! Yes, we almost had a Yard Sale on Father’s Day and it wouldn’t have gone well (I believe.) Be Sure it is a day all parties of the Yard Sale (if hosting a joint one) are available. Also plan out a Time for your Sale. I made our 10am-2pm and by the time 2pm rolled around I wanted to extend it. The 2nd day I decided to host the sale from 10am-5pm and good thing I did or else I wouldn’t have sold 2 strollers. Look at your stuff. Is it a Lot? Will 4 hours help you get maximum sale? Will you need 1 Day, 2 Days or more? Ask yourself these Questions and Go From There.
2) Make Signs:
Purchase REALLY BRIGHT Neon paper from your local craft store, pharmacy, or Target. These Neon papers attract the eyes of your future customers. If there’s rain in the forecast for a few days leading up to your Yard Sale, then it’d be wise to purchase Clear plastic sheet protectors to put your Letter Sized Signs in. Seal the open end with tape then hand that side down so that rain won’t seep in when it does happen. (Great Idea, Michele!)
p.s. Be sure to check every other day to make sure your signs were not removed. I had a very slow second day since our flyers got taken down every day from the main street. Be sure you post them on regular poles and not utility poles as the staples and paper may cause a hazard for electrical workers.
3) Do Your Research:
You NEVER know what lucky Item you may be putting up for sale that you do not know the true value of. You may not be able to research every last item, but trust your instincts. Trust me when I say that Yard Sale Shoppers are smart and they’ve played the game too long.
4) Price your Items Higher:
I know many people shop at yard sales to find the perfect deals, but if you know your stuff has Value or is Brand Spankin New then be sure to price it a few dollars higher than what you are willing to sell it for.
For Example, I had a Baby K’tan Carrier that I had Literally only worn once in my home. A lady walked up wanting to buy it and it retails for $50. I told her $30, She said $15, then I said $25 . She started to think about it, but I had other customers waiting so I knocked off $5 and she was sold. $20 was my selling price to begin with so I was happy with the transaction! Don’t be afraid to do this… It’s all about Negotiation.
5) Be Prepared with Change!
Not everyone brings exact change. Some people will hand you a $50 bill for a $5 item! Make sure to stop by your local bank branch and get about $60-$80 in small bills. You probably don’t need that much, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
6) Group Your Items:
I did NOT do this with all the stuff on the first day, but I totally wish I had. I grouped the strollers together, the riding toys, diapers and clothing in their own spots to make it easier for people to check out the sections, but everything else was everywhere! I had Massage Oil next to books and nail polishes next to baby bottles. I did create a $1, $0.50, & $0.25 Box on the second day which helped with people asking How much, How much, How Much???? If you find time to set up before the early birds come then try to do these things or even separate the stuff on the night before. Speaking of Early Birds…
7) Determine whether or Not you want Early Birds:
I live in Manhattan and my yard sale was in the Bronx. When I arrived, I was told that people were waiting outside and knocking since 8:30am….. The Yard Sale didn’t start until 10am! As we were bringing stuff out of the house, the people were already shopping. It was Chaos, but in my first hour I made probably $75-$100. If you don’t want people knocking at your door so early, write out “NO EARLY BIRDS” in big letters on your flyers.
8) Offer Incentives:
If you have a bunch of small items, consider gifting them with purchases. I had a lady stop by and purchase 2 of my strollers! She was my last sale of the day so I put together the box of $0.25 and $0.50 items I had into one and just gave it to her. It had toys, mini shampoos, conditioners, lip balms, crayons, books, a barking puppy and so much more. I sold a couple of diapers and offered a gentleman a free baby girl blanket to go with it. It never hurts to do this if you were selling it for cheap anyway.
9) Seperate the Profits:
Since I was using someone else’s home, it was obvious that they would be included in the Yard Sale. But what happens when you sell one of their items together with some of yours? Well you write it down, duh! I am extremely good with numbers meaning I did not use a calculator nor did I write anything down. I simply separated. Separated my profit from hers and gave it to her when the crowd was gone or had died down. That way I didn’t have to try and remember Everything that sold at the End.
10) Decide What You want To Do with the Left Overs:
I Donate to local places, church, friends and family many times throughout the year. Sometimes I have things that I would just rather sell so we decided to keep many of the leftovers for our next Yard Sale in a Month. If you are at the point where you don’t want to deal with any of the stuff, just call a few places and set up a donation pick up or take it in yourself.
Overall, I had a great time at my First Yard Sale and did extremely well with profit. If you host a yard sale and use some of our tips, I’d love to know your results. If I missed any tips that you believe are super important not to mention, then please feel free to add them in the comments below!