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Putting on a Successful Garage Sale

Decide why you are having a yard sale. Are you selling things to try to make money. Or, are you hoping to get some money while you get rid of things that you no longer need, or use.

If you go into the sale with the attitude that you are just getting rid of things that are junk to you, then you will probably have a more successful sale. You will be more likely to ask a fair price, and actually sell things. If you are trying to make money, you will usually ask too high a price, and won't sell as much. It all depends on your goal.

Tips

  • Advertise as much as possible. There are quite a few web sites that will let you place free ads for your sale. Also, be creative, and think of other ways to advertise. Does your church have a weekly bulletin, or mailer.
  • Put up signs - Prepare signs ahead of time to let people know exactly where you are located. If you live in a populated area, you will probably have more people stop by your sale because they followed a sign, than because they saw your ad. To make it easier for people to find you try the following:
    • Put signs on the major streets close to your sale.
    • Make all of your signs the same color. That way people won't have to actually read the signs, but can just look for the color. Day glow colors work great.
    • Put arrows on your signs telling people where to turn. Make sure that the arrows are large enough for people to see from a moving car. Try to place them far enough ahead of a turn so visitors won't miss the turn.
    • Put your address on the sign so shoppers will know which street to turn on if a sign happens to blow down.
    • I would avoid signs that look too professional, like signs painted on wood. These look too permanent. Yard salers might think that you are trying to make a business out of it, and will assume that you won't have anything at a reasonable price.
    • Lastly, take down your signs once the sale is over! It won't have any effect on your sale, but it's the right thing to do.
  • Try to separate clothes by size. People will be more likely to look through a group of clothes that are all approximately the same size. When they see a huge pile of all kinds of clothes laying on the ground they probably won't take the time to go through them to find the sizes that they need.
  • Put large items out where they are easy to see. If you have bookcases, a desk, or table next to the sidewalk, people will see these easier, and be more likely to stop by to see what else you have.
  • If you're selling books or CD's you can probably expect those to sell later in the day.
  • Let your neighbors know you are planning a yard sale. They may want to join in. If you advertise your sale as a multi-family sale, you will probably get more visitors, because they will have a larger selection of things in a small area.
  • If you are getting together with others, have each neighbor use a different color tag. Keep the tags when things are sold. That way it is easier to split the money up at the end of the day. Just split it by tag color.

Good luck!


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