Yard Sales – Garage Sales – Tag Sales Moving Sales – Bake Sales
No matter what the name, these events can help downsize and/or raise money from otherwise unused or unwanted items.
- The best day for a sale is Saturday, but a multi-day sale over a long weekend will attract more hard-core shoppers.
- Sunday traffic will depend on worship services.
- The best times of the day are early morning to late afternoon.
- The best seasons are Spring and Fall unless you live in a continual warm weather climate. People tend to purge items during these transitional seasons.
- Pair with a friend, a family member, a neighbor or a co-worker. The more items to choose from, the more traffic you will attract, the more successful your sale will be and the more fun there is to be had.
- Devise a system for tracking whose items sold such as color-coded stickers.
- Thrifters plan their routes and shopping days from many sources.
- Place an ad in the local paper and the paper’s website in advance of the sale.
- Advertise in your church and/or work newsletter.
- Placing an ad will provide a good return on your investment.
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- Clean, mend or repair, and tag items that are collected for the sale prior to the day of the sale.
- Know the prices for everything you are selling.
- Tag all items before the day of the sale.
- Have plenty of spare change available. It never fails that the least expensive items will be paid with the largest bills.
- A good mix is: 2 tens, 6 fives, 20 ones and $10 in coins.
- Utilize hangers for clothes that can be hung. They are unappealing all piled in a box.
- Press expensive items to make them more attractive.
- Provide a private area to try on clothes, preferably without having to enter your home.
- Provide an extension cord and power outlet so shoppers can test electrical items.
- Make large legible, durable signs. Account for a chance of wind or moist conditions.
- Place signage to direct shopping traffic precisely to your sale. A sign or clear maker at ever turn to your sale is a safe bet traffic will find it.
- Be sure that the signage is approved for the street and/or subdivision.
- Display as much as possible.
- Place interesting or unusual “teaser items” out in front or on the curb to lure in the browsers.
- Be ready at least an hour earlier then your designated start time. There will always be early birds expecting to catch the best deals.
- Have a plan for items that don’t sell.
- Will you take them to Goodwill? Many agencies will pick your unwanted items.