How to Host a Successful Yard Sale

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How to Host a Successful Yard Sale

Staff Writer · Mar 1, 2010

Having a yard sale is a great way to earn extra money. It is also a great way to get rid of unwanted items that are still usable. Hosting a yard sale takes time to prepare, and although it is hard work, it can be a lot of fun. Yard sales can be successful by following the six “Ps” of a winning rummage sale.

Permission: Before planning a yard sale, obtain permission from the apartment manager as well as the local city authority. Check to see if there are limitations on locations and what, if any, restrictions there are for posting signs.

Planning: Start the planning at least two weeks prior to having the yard sale. Start accumulating everything that is to be included. Ask friends and neighbors if they have foldable tables that you can borrow if you do not have enough. Items are more presentable and easier to look through when they are on a table rather than on the ground. Hang dress attire for a better presentation. Have extra boxes and bags on hand for people that buy several small items. Larger and more expensive items will be noticed more when they are placed up front.

Place Advertisements: There are many areas to place advertisements for a yard sale. The week before the yard sale, place an advertisement including the address of the yard sale in a local newspaper. Many local TV stations and newspaper agencies allow free advertising in their classified ads online. Local TV stations that have classified ads are becoming more and more popular and can draw many people. Posting on bulletin boards in neighborhood grocery stores and laundromats is still very popular. On the morning of the yard sale, post signs around the neighborhood. Be sure the writing is large enough so that people who are passing by in cars can read them.

Price Items: Remember that this is a yard sale and people are looking for bargains. Price everything to sell. There are several ways that you can mark the items for sale. A sticker on each item that is large enough for people to read is one way. Another way is to place things that are selling for the same price on one table with a large sign marked “All Items on This Table” with the price.

Preparation on the Day of the Yard Sale: Set up the tables and items on the morning of the sale. Place all the items that have the same price on one table. Organize products that have different prices in groups, such as all toys on one table, all kitchen items on another table and so forth. This makes it easier for people to find that unique bargain. Remember, people are looking for a bargain, so be willing to negotiate. Have sufficient change so that you do not miss a sale.

Post Clean Up: Once the yard sale is over, it is important to go back and remove all the previously posted signs. Look over the area and make sure there is no litter left behind.

Following the six “Ps” of a yard sale should bring you a lot of fun and success.

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