Nine Ways to Have a Successful Yard Sale

Yard sales can solve two problems associated with selling your home. They are the great way to dispose of unneeded items to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Other people even haul those items away for you. They also put money in your pocket to help with minor repairs and moving expenses.

  1. Call the offices of your local municipality to learn whether they require a license or permit to have a yard sale. Also ask whether they have any other special rules related to yard sales. A phone call may save you the cost, frustration and inconvenience of paying a fine.
  2. Advertise. Call local newspapers and ask if they offer free or low-cost yard-sale ads. Some do. It doesn’t cost anything to ask. The most effective ads are brief, but clear and easy to read and understand. Most newspapers charge by the word, so why use cryptic abbreviations? Above all, be sure your address is correct, and you include clear directions if needed. Use on-line classified services in your area, most are free!
  3. A neighborhood block sale may net you more money in the end, because neighbors can share the advertising expense. Almost everyone collects items they no longer need that clutter their homes. There is good chance that neighbors will want to participate. A larger selection of merchandise is apt to attract more buyers.
  4. Decide on prices in advance. People are less apt to negotiate and more apt to buy if prices are marked or you state prices quickly when ask rather than seeming uncertain. You also will be able to keep up with more simultaneous potential buyers without some of them becoming disgusted with waiting and leave.
  5. Arrange the items you have to sell logically to make it easier for people to find things they will want to buy.The best arrangement will depend on the merchandise. If you have a large quantity of similar items it may be best to group them by price. If you have unrelated items, such as clothes, furniture, electronic equipment, yard maintenance equipment, hobby equipment, or other things, it probably will be best to group similar types of items together. Be sure to not accidentally include anything you don’t want to sell.
  6. Have an electrical outlet available to help buyers test appliances.
  7. Ask friends or relatives to help. Crying children or annoying pets are apt drive people away before they purchase things they otherwise would buy. They also will distract you when you should be looking after your customers and your merchandise. If your sale will run several hours you also will need help while you take breaks.
  8. It’s a good idea to have something to wrap fragile items in such as newspaper. Give your customers grocery bags.
  9. Make sure you start the day with lots of change, both one-dollar bills and coins. Keep your cash in a fanny-pack for safety.

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