You have been decluttering for a bit now. Some things were given away. Some went in the trash. Some were listed on Facebook or Ebay. Some of it is still lingering in bins in the garage. Those lingering bins are the signal that it is time for a yard sale.
An average yard sale is not organized. Stuff is jumbled in with other stuff. Nothing is tagged so if you ask what the price is and it seems high then you assume the other stuff is also high and leave. Stuff is dirty or broken or just plain ugly.
So how do you take your yard sale from average to spectacular and money-making?
1. Cover your tables. A twin sheet covers an average folding table. Pick them up at Goodwill or another thrift shop. Nobody wants to look at dirty tables.
2. Inspect every item for cleanliness and free of breakage. If it is broken put it in the recycle. If it is dirty wash it.
3. Tag each item with a price sticker. Be realistic about your prices.
4. Group like items together. Kitchen stuff goes with kitchen stuff. Toys go with toys. Kitchen stuff and toys do not get mixed together. Leave enough space between items so that it does not look like a pile of junk.
5. Have cash on hand. $10’s $5’s $1’s and quarters.
6. Plastic bags and newspaper (for wrapping breakables) is a must have.
7. Make signs that are bright and catchy. Attach them to boxes that you can set on the street corners. If it is windy take some big rocks or bricks to put in the box. At the end of the day pick up your boxes. It is so disappointing looking for a yard sale and finding out the box is from weeks ago. Plus it makes the neighborhood look trashy.
8. Advertise on social media. You can pay for an add in the newspaper but this is usually unnecessary.
9. Greet each person that comes to the sale. Don’t be pushy but if someone looks like they are looking for something in particular go ahead and ask them. Don’t make too much small talk unless they start it. Definitely don’t tell them your life story.
10. Wear comfy but appropriate clothing. Have a chair, a bottle of water, and sunscreen.
11. Before the end of the sale decide what you are doing with the leftovers. Are they going back in bins for another yard sale later? Or are you going to donate the stuff? It is perfectly OK to do either or both. Just don’t put it back in your house. That will defeat the purpose of getting rid of the clutter.
Happy Yard Sale-ing!