How to Have a Successful Yard Sale
If you’re looking for tips on hosting a successful yard sale, look no further. I’ve gathered tips from yard sale gurus across the web and wrapped them all into a nice little post for you. 🙂
Spend a little on signage. Buying neon foam board instead of regular poster board will make your signs stand out 10 times more! Foam board is only a few bucks, so it’s not like you’re spending a ton, but it’s a small investment that will give you a big return. Use a thick, black permanent marker to write on your signs, and then draw an arrow (make sure it’s pointing the right way!:)) showing drivers which way(s) to turn.
Give your neighbors a heads up. Some of your neighbors might be interested in shopping! So, give them the heads up and let them know that if they want to come shop early, they’re welcome to!
Have open/close times. On your signs, clearly print the hours your yard sale will take place. 7AM-3PM? 7AM-Noon? Pick a time and date, and stick to it. If early birds bother you, having a yard sale isn’t the best idea – people will come early no matter what time you put on your signs.
Tag team! Team up with a few neighbors to have a block sale! This requires planning… you need to let them know at least a month ahead of time so they can get everything together. You’ll have more customers if you have several yard sales in one spot!
Advertise on Facebook! This might sound silly, but there are tons of Facebook groups for local sales. Take a few photos of your set up, post your hours and location, and watch the customers flow in! You can also post on Craigslist.
Get lots of change. Before you set up, you need to get change! If you don’t have change, you can’t make as many sales. If you’re pricing things at even dollar amounts, you won’t need actual change (like quarters), but if you have stuff that is $.25 each, make sure you get a few rolls of quarters. Will you have some higher priced items? Make sure you can make change for a $50.
Think like a retail store. Group like things together, and hang up or fold all of the clothing (even though your customers are going to destroy your “order” several times during your sale). Use bookshelves (whether you’re selling them or not) to display items. People are inclined to pay more if they feel like they’re shopping in a retail environment rather than an actual yard sale.
Have clearly marked prices. If you don’t want hagglers (well, you’ll get them anyway…), you need a price tag on every single item. For clothing, you can hang signs that say “t-shirts $1.00, jeans $2.00” but you’ll need more than one sign posted because people won’t see it if it’s just one sign. Trust me.
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