Tips for a WILDLY Successful Yard Sale

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Thanks to our frenzied summer to declutter, we needed to get rid of all our extra stuff– and there’s no better way to do so than having a yard sale that will leave you with room to breathe AND loads of cash in your pocket!  We had a garage sale this past weekend and counted up almost $900 buckaroos at the end of the day– WAY more that we expected, especially since we only sold one big ticket item.  There were several tricks and tips that I believe led to our success so I wanted to share them with you– and hear your tips as well!

How to Have a WILDLY Successful Yard Sale

Your Stuff:  One thing that helped was to systematically declutter each nook of our home this summer.  Each time I found items for the sale I place them in a pile in our basement.  That pile was OUT OF CONTROL, yo.  Like, ready to invade our home at a moment’s notice.  It was either have a yard sale or star-on-an-episode-of-Hoarders type pile.  Even if you don’t have time to totally declutter, hit the major areas: kitchen cabinets, clothing, bookshelves, garage, basement.  Do you have extra furniture hanging out?  Toys that are outgrown?  Now’s the time to let them go.

Know your Goal:  Why are you having a yard sale?  To get rid of stuff or make money? A little of both?  Knowing your objective will help when you are pricing, negotiating, and packing up the leftovers.  On the fence with a price and just want to get rid of stuff?  Go lower.  Are you a serial yard saler and will have another sale next year?  Price what you’d like to get and hope to get it.  Our goal was to get rid of stuff, so when negotiating we knew to let it go rather that haggle too much.

Advertising: These days, your best (and FREE) advertising will probably be Craigslist.  I also paid $5 to advertise online in my local newspaper (print ads are outrageously priced here).  Here’s my tips for the perfect online Craigslist ad:

  • Upload photos of some of your items for sale, put don’t have them look creepy or disgusting.  Seriously, you want people to be attracted to your sale and not report you to the authorities.  If you need to crop or style it then do so, but make sure the photos look inviting!
  • Make it snappy.  Put some personality into the ad.  People commented on how much they enjoyed reading our ad because I attempted some lame humor in there.  As always.
  • Include a list of some of the types of items you’ll have.  Got kids clothes that are higher end?  List that!  And if you have great prices on stuff, list that too.  It’s one thing to know a seller has Ann Taylor clothing, another to know it’s only $3 a piece.

I put this photo in my ad and by 8:30am had sold $150 worth of kids clothes.

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Signage: Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself is have excellent signage.  Great signs will easily lead people who read your ads to your sale, AND attract people driving by.  Make sure the letters are neat and BIG.  Put them on each major corner in your area, especially on main streets.  You only need three things on your sign:

  • the words Yard Sale or Garage Sale
  • date and time
  • a big arrow in the direction to drive
  • address is optional; if it’s not easy to read while you drive by quickly, don’t add it!  Just be sure to have signs that lead to your home.

Here’s three options for lawn signs if you don’t have a pole to hang one.  Tape a sign to the side of a cardboard box, drop a brick or large stone inside, and you have a great sign that won’t blow away.  If you have yard signs from work you’ve had done, keep them!  Tape signs to each side and you have an attention getter for sure.  The Dollar Store often has Garage Sale lawn signs for only $1, when you see them stock up.

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Be a good neighbor.  Collect your signs that night.  Littering is for dorks.

Pricing:  Whew, this is a toughie.  Conventional wisdom says to price at 1/3 the retail value, and that could hold true.  But times are tight, so people won’t always pay that amount.  For example, I priced my clothes at $3 each and trust me they didn’t cost $9 retail.  Pricing it right allowed me to let it go AND make some money for a new fall wardrobe.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  It was helpful to ask my buds on Instagram about what to price things, especially furniture– they were very honest!

Put price tags on everything.  It’s extra work but people really don’t want to ask how much something costs every few minutes.  For grouped items like books, hang a sign with the prices.

Here’s what I priced the most common items, with some wiggle room:

  • Books: hardcovers $1, paperbacks .50, children’s paperbacks .25
  • Kids Clothes (mostly Gymboree, GAP, & Carters) $2 a piece
  • Kids Shoes (mostly Stride Rite and Keens) $3 a pair
  • Women’s Clothing (mostly Ann Taylor, Loft, Banana Republic, J. Crew) $3 a piece– I could do way better on eBay but I wanted to get rid of it!
  • Toys $1-$3
  • Planters $2 each, Gift Bags .25 each

Group Like Items:  This will really help your sale!  Put like items together.  I like to have a table of books, one of home decor, toys on a tarp on the ground, sports equipment, etc. Here’s a few examples of other things to group together:

  • box of extra fabric pieces: price it around .50 a piece and watch them sell
  • toys: group all those small annoying things in a bag, price the bag for a buck, sold!
  • jewelry: jewelry is HUGE.  Have outdated pieces or costume jewelry?  Price it at .50 up to a few dollars, KEEP IT AT THE CASHIER’S TABLE, and you’ll have a goldmine.  I bagged each piece and laid it in a shallow tray, everyone took a look and it sold so quickly.
  • kids clothes: if you have a lot of clothing in various sizes, it works well to have it folded in boxes labeled by gender and size.  This was a very popular item!

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Display:  Make it look inviting.  Tables are important, ask friends to borrow some if you don’t have enough.  Place your for-sale throw pillows on your for-sale chairs.  One mistake we made was using our furniture for sale to hold boxes of stuff.  In hindsight, I wish I’d borrowed a few utility tables for the book and clothing boxes and kept the furniture looking it’s best– perhaps with a lamp for some plates on top instead of being covered by boxes.  That being said, they looked neat all lined up on tables and it was a great height for browsing.

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

 

We have an IKEA wardrobe rack that I use year round in the basement, so it really comes in handy for the occasional yard sale.  I needed an extra one so I made it from two ladders and a pole held together strongly with duct tape!

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Free Pile:  Each time we have a yard sale, we have a pile of free things that we place by the curb.  Carpet remnants, old plastic chairs, paint cans, even my old teaching worksheets– it attracts drive-bys and everyone loves something for free.  Be sure to announce your free pile in your online ad!

After the Sale:  If your goal was to get rid of clutter (like mine!), then this is one of the most important steps.  Load your leftovers IMMEDIATELY into your car, and drive them to a thrift store.  When you get home you’ll have your yard sale cash in your pocket, a decluttered home, and probably be totally exhausted yet fulfilled!  I’ll admit that we kept the furniture we didn’t sell so we could sell it on Craigslist, and my leftover kids’ books are going straight to a Philly school.

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

On that note, if anyone in the Philly area is looking for a deal on a coffee table / end table set, glider with ottoman, or a counter height kitchen set I’m your girl.  HA!

How to Have a WILDLY Successful Yard Sale

Tips for a How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

How to Have a WILDLY Successful Yard Sale

There you have it, a few tips that will help you have a ROCKSTAR garage sale.  CASH MONEY in your pocket and a clutter free home– what do you have to lose? {Clutter! You’ll lose your clutter!}  What are your killer yard sale tips?  Share ’em in the comments!  And be sure to pin it for next summer if you’re not ready to have a yard sale this fall.  You’ll have all winter to declutter, you lucky peep!

How to Have a WILDLY Successful Yard Sale

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  1. Looks like a successful sale!!! When you mentioned “duct tape”, I had flashbacks to hitting Walmart for it around midnight before our group sale…..ahhhhh….memories!!!!

    1. nn, that was the BEST yard sale ever in terms of sheer enjoyment. Even the midnight duct tape run. XO!

  2. Looks great! I like how you displayed the kids clothes – I am going to do the same next time!

  3. All great tips! I’m all for hanging the clothes up as much as possible too!

  4. Excellent tips! Look how neat and organized you are. I never thought about putting it in Craig’s list with photos, great idea!

  5. $900 and you still have furniture to sell?! That’s AWESOME! It must feel great to have your basement back. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I know, can you believe we only sold one piece of furniture? It was our dining set for $100. I was shocked we still made as much as we did with so few big ticket items. Now I have to do craigslist for the furniture but I know exactly what I’ll charge now.

  6. Great tips!! Love the ladders/pole trick – I struggle with the clothes portion (and they are such great sellers)! I am in the midst of organizing a neighborhood fall yard sale – perfect timing…thanks!!

  7. Carrie, you need to refinish those coffee/end tables, add some baskets, BLOG ABOUT IT and then sell them for 3 times the price!!

  8. Thanks for the super tips. We have a village wide yard sale day each year at the beginning of summer. I’ll have to remember these to get myself prepared for next year. I’m always such a wreck!

  9. What great tips and congratulations on your success!
    We’ve been decluttering around here too and it feels amazing!

  10. During the fall season, many families have yard sales to get rid of all the summer stuff and to prepare for the winter season. You gave some really great tips here that will help others have successful yard sales. It was quite generous of you to take time away from your busy day to share your secrets and photos with us.

  11. Ok. Organizing my mounds of stuff to sell now. Do you have any pricing guidelines? I’m not sure how to price my stuff.

    1. I touched on it briefly in the post, but conventional wisdom says charge 1/3 of the retail value. I have to say, though, that’s usually way too high these days. For me, here’s what seemed to sell well:
      * nice womens clothes at $3 each, mens at $2 (since usually it was the wife buying, and they didn’t know if it would fit)
      * kids clothes at $2 each, but if it was really nice I priced it higher and hung it on the rack. Kids coats and costumes were $5 dach.
      * hardcover books $1, paperbacks .50, kids paperbacks .25
      * furniture: this is tough. I wouldn’t go above $100 unless it was brand new.
      * toys: $2-$4, depending on what it is
      * working electronics and small appliances: people don’t want to take a gamble, so I did most at $4 (things like video cameras can go higher, about $10– I’ve sold lots of old video cameras!)
      * DVDs: $3

      Hope that helps!

      1. I was always taught things should be priced at 10% of its original retail price.

        1. I agree with you or less to sell. I will add a tip; I take garage bags and plastic totes and keep a marker, tags, masking tape, newspaper, and all purpose spray cleaner, with micro cloth and when I find an item to sell, I clean it mark it and drop it into the box or bag. Then when you have your yard sale it is done and clean. When setting up my yard sale I put the tables up and cover them with sheets and old table cloths. I took chalk paint and covered wood boards with it and place them with clusters of same items with an overall price for each. Like a table full of glass ware and one dollar; at 2;00 I change the price to fifty cents then twenty five cents. and then a dime. When they are done shopping I put everything to the curb and free it. Don’t put anything you want to keep like tables or tarps they will take these too. I also discovered these free boards at the grocery stores; extremely helpful to get rid of stuff if it is cheap to buy.

  12. Yay! Perfect timing. We are hosting a garage sale this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the winning tips!

  13. It seems that you had a huge successful yard sale and earned lots of money. I completely agree that yard sale is the best way to get rid of all extra stuff. Brilliant tips.

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  15. Nice job Carrie…with your sale AND how you posted your advice! : ) Do you find people like looking through
    clothes that are hanging, as opposed to folded on tables…thereby selling more? Lastly, is your glider still available?

    1. I found hanging them was way better because I didn’t need to refold anything, and multiple people were able to go through the racks at the same time. Plus they look better. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The glider is still available if you are interested!

  16. Great tips for selling. I usually sell things a bit too low so maybe this time around I will raise the prices a tad. I have one more hint for you (although you didn’t need to be reminded of it.) Please make sure all the items are clean. When I go to a yard sale where everything is covered in dust and grime I usually don’t stay too long. It just looks more appealing to would be buyers if it is all clean and shiny and please don’t just throw out boxes and expect people to dig through them for treasures, most won’t.

    Congrats on your $900 cash in hand and good luck on selling the rest on Craig’s List. Now to hit my stuff for our up and coming yard sale on the 12th! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Great point about selling clean items! No one likes to get filthy by visiting a yard sale, and clean items are much more appealing to a potential buyer.

  17. I found you by way of Hometalk and am now a new follower! I like your tips and your photos. I really like how you kept the children’s clothes in boxes according to their size. There’s nothing worse that going through a jumbled-up mess on top of a table.

    1. Thanks so much, Ava! I’m glad you found me and thankful that you’re along for ride as we Make Lemonade over here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Great job Carrie! Thanks for all the great tips. I look forward to having another sale using these tips and those from the responders. Congrats on the $.

  19. Hi! Your ideas are so helpful and I thank you for your time. I’m preparing for mine this weekend. Another idea that helps a lot, is to use yellow signs, with bold black writing…drivers are naturally drawn to look at these colors as if it were a yield or caution sign. I also buy cheap soda’s and snacks to sell, a little extra money….it keeps kids busy & buyers satisfied. : ) Any time I move, I have a yard sale shortly after. It’s a great way to meet neighbors, sometimes I even grill hotdogs for my helpers and neighbors. Acknowledging people goes a long way…years ago I met a neighbor who became one of my closest friends. Great fellowship and making extra money….it’s a win …win : )

    1. Fantastic tips, Tina! I hadn’t even thought about using yellow. That’s so true– it would certainly get drivers to look. And the snacks and drinks are perfect too. I did that one year and donated the proceeds to charity. Thanks for sharing, love your ideas!

  20. Awesome tips! I put some of them to use for our community yard sale this weekend and not only did I sell lots of stuff got compliments on my yard sale set-up! Many thanks for sharing the helpful info!!!

    1. I’m so glad the tips were helpful, and congrats on a great yard sale! I love hearing that!!!

  21. Thanks for the tips. I am in the process of decluttering now. What kind of change to you have on hand at the start of the sale – I bet you get a lot of ATM $20 bills. Also, what are your thoughts on winter garage sales? Do they work, or better to wait till spring?

    1. Hi Diana! We had a bunch of coins like quarters and dimes, and about $20 in ones. We actually got tons of $1 bills so it wasn’t long before we had lots of change to give. A few people tried to pay with $50 but if they were only buying a few dollars worth then we didn’t accept those. As for winter sales, it depends where you live. Here in Philly I would wait until spring because so many people are out and about doing the garage sale circuits once the warm weather hits. Winter is just too cold for browsing. But if you live in a temperate climate you may have more luck. You can use this time to declutter, clean up the items, prices things, etc– and then when it’s spring you’ll be ready to go!

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  23. Great tips! Thanks! I have found that the little plastic bags you get extra buttons in when buying new clothing are perfect for bagging jewelry items such as earrings.

    1. That’s a great idea! And I have TONS of those bags; I save them and never use them!

  24. Loved this article. I have to say that I have rented tables in the past, it’s usually pretty cheap to rent 5 or 6 tables and they are easily returned. Not everyone keeps those long tables on hand, and so it’s easier to take the chance and rent them. if it’s my biggest expense in having the yard sale, it’s worth it to keep stuff on tables.

    With books, I have in the past gone with a “bundled” price. I let them pick, but while I might sell individual books for a set price, I’ll also have a bundled price like 10 books for 5.00. If your an avid reader (I’m not, but my hubby is) then you will have tons of books to sell, so a bundled price really makes it worth it to get rid of them. I love how you sent the kiddie books to the schools, that’s cool, I don’t have kids, so for me no yard sales ever with any thing for kids. I do send leftover books and such either to library or to used book stores as I buy alot of my hubbies books at used book stores.

    When displaying books tho, I do not have them sitting on the ground, if you have people who have problems bending over, or getting up from the ground (I have really bad knees for instance, so I totally avoid anything that is going to have me sitting on a floor or ground) you can place some chairs by the books (if on the ground) so that people can sit and bend over that way to go thru the bins of books, but I tend to put mine on tables (in bins like you did) but the tables are open, so that people can use both sides of the tables to look thru books with.

    Another tip for grown up clothing is to use a note and a pin on the article of clothing to put the size. If you have individually priced clothing it’s helpful to know the size as well. if they have to look inside the pants or neck of the top/dress this can difficult, especially if two people are looking on the same rack or in same area, so having size displayed prominently is a huge helper. If you don’t want to use pins and they are hung, you can put the size on the hanger. If I do this, I tend to use those print labels that are like 1×3 (mailing labels I believe they are called that have a sticky back) and you can then just wrap them around top of hanger so they can easily see the size and price. If clothes are folder, pinning is the only option I’ve ever used. (I think the labels would adhere to the clothing, but I’d hate it if they left some type of residue once removed as well so I wouldn’t use labels if the clothes are folded) (To remove a pinhole from fabric of any type, simply rub a coin across the pinhole several times and it will go away).

    When I’m selling furniture or higher ticket items, I put the price I want, but I add a “B/O” on it or the words best offer, if someone makes an offer that I’m not quite ready to accept, I’ll take there name and number and tell them I’ll call if it doesn’t sell for the listed price. If I end up calling, (which I’ve done several times) I drop the price from there offer a bit to, for the inconvenience of having to come back to pick it up).

    I’m always willing to haggle, the idea of garage sales for me are always to just get rid of it.

    If you have specialty items, add that to your ads, like I am a sewer/quilter/crafter, so I have lots of those types of supplies, not only put that in your ad, but tell your other friends who are doing the same things you are having a sale, like a quilt/sewing or craft guild, or ask the local stores that you know allow posters on windows if you can add a sign to there windows (like a sewing machine store that may not sell fabric). You can also mention it on your blog or facebook pages as well for locals, and if your city has a facebook page, and they allow you to add that stuff, add it there as well, have people message you for an address if you don’t want to put your address on the page. Some city websites even have places on there site where you can advertise.

    After the sale, if you still have some things to sell, try ebay or other auction sites, or yes like you mentioned craigs list, especially if they have items you don’t mind shipping.

    If you have an outlet outside, keep appliances by the outlet, and have perhaps an extension cord handy if the outlet is to far away, thus it allows people to plug the appliance in to see if it’s working. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to prove an appliance works.

    I’ve never had a garage sale that I came in under 1000.00, so I hope I have offered some ideas that also can help others.

    Loved the idea of the drinks from other comments, and especially loved the neighbor idea, we move quite often due to hubby’s jobs and so I’m constantly trying to find some new friends.

    1. Your tips are AMAZING! I think I need to write a follow up post! I definitely agree about the books, and the trick for removing pin holes from clothing is brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Great tips from everyone, thank you. Everyone- I am having a moving sale this weekend and I’m using as many tips and tables as you suggest. (Of course there is rain in the forecast ๐Ÿ™ )
        I have several bins of “Action Figures” , Legos, Plastic Animals, cars and toys, et al. How would you recommend pricing these? I was thinking of offering the whole bin for a price? certain figures a certain price and the rest 10 cents a piece?Or let them fill a ziplock bag for X price per bag?
        Also I have dozens of Beanie Babies and stuffed animals. I was going for $1 a piece, unless they haggle? I have dozens of books and, (don’t judge me) VHS tapes and TV to go with them.( Clearly I haven’t decluttered in this new decade). Please reply soonest- pricing is a huge stress for me, as is all of it. You can’t believe how much energy is wasted pricing and staging….HELP!

        1. If your goal is to get rid of things, then I’d make bags of Action Figures and Legos and such and sell them for a set price. People love a good deal and the thrill of discovery in a ‘grab bag’ type deal. VHS tapes and stuffed animals typically don’t sell well, so I’d price them low– someone might still want them and be excited for a good deal!

          1. Thank you and Marian for your comments. Definately need to revisit my “bundling figures”, as I have TONS of books(they are reproducing everywhere in my house, storage, GARAGE?!) and too many VHS tapes and 3 TVs with VCRs in them. While my son seperated all the toys(that he threw together in the 1rst place!), tonight I got him to bag them up( because I don’t really now the difference between some of them) and reminded him that all the proceeds from his efforts go to him. Thanks again, I hope it’s worth the stress and effort I’ve made. Darn the storms the past 3 days, hampering my set-up scheme.

  25. One thing we always do. Usually the last half of the last day of the sale. Anything you can fit in a grocery bag for a dollar a bag! We keep one table of stuff that doesn’t qualify (things we know we will put on Craigslist if it doesn’t sell). We make so much money doing this! And it helps clear things out so you don’t have as much to haul to the thrift store.

  26. We have a neighborhood yard sale coming up in a couple of weeks. I really enjoyed all the tips from everyone……I did read all of them. I recently changed jobs from the medical field to the professional dress field. Therefore, I am getting rid of all my like new clean scrubs. I will be hanging them up of course! and a few more odds and ends. There is nothing I hate more than getting on the ground raking through things……especially with medical problems.

    I had heard that yard sellers make more money by offering for sale…..coffee/danishes or hot dogs/chips/drinks around lunch time. Any one had any luck with food selling? Any advice would be appreciated.

    Pamela

    1. I’ve always INTENDED to sell food but never found time to do it because I was always in such a rush to get ready for the sale. One year I sold cold sodas and donated the proceeds to charity– that worked out well because I bought soda on sale and whatever was left was finished by my family. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Whatever you sell, make it very simple because you’ll be busy! Cold soda/water is very enticing for buyers on a hot day, and super easy as well.

  27. Great tips! Thank you! Another suggestion for your left overs that you just want to get rid of but don’t want to load up yourself. When your sale is over post an ad on craigslist saying that the first peraon to come get it ALL can have it but you must take all of it! Someone who owns a flea market or something of that nature will come load it up and less work for you!

    1. Such a fantastic idea, Meghann! That way you get rid of ALL of it, and it goes to a good home.

  28. Great ideas on yard selling, my wife, Olga, wants to declutter and I now, after yrs of denial, agree with her. My daughter added. A suggestion, add home baked cookies and such items for sale also, one yard sale I went to, sold soda pop in cans, on a hot day buyers liked the idea.

  29. Great tips, thanks! I think we will be having a yard sale soon!

  30. Whew! I just got done with a two sale sale. I’m exhaustedโ€ฆbut sitting on about $1200! Well worth it, considering we didn’t have any big ticket items. Our town does a city-wide sale event, sponsored by the local Lions Club chapter. For a $30 donation, your address and sale description are included in a booklet that is for sale for $5 to salers. (People come from out of state!) You also receive a sign to display in your yard. I think there were 750 homes that registered (and probably another 500 who didn’t, who just get in on the action for free). The point is, the more sales in the area, the better!!! It’s crazy town for a few days, but well worth it!

    Your pointers were great! I always do the sale with a couple other families. “Multi-Family Sale” or “5 Family Sale” lets people know that you have tons of stuff and a good variety. Put it in your ad and on your very simple signs. Keep your signs the same color (BRIGHT and maybe attach a couple balloons), so they can just look for the sign and follow, rather than trying to locate an address. Arrows are simple and easy.

    Since there are several sellers, we have all agreed on how to tag our items. We use masking tape and tape them to the upper right corners of the items. Create a tab by folding the tape onto itself on the right side, so it’s easy to grab and pull off. We don’t have any trouble with it sticking or leaving any residue. And the time it saves from trying to peel off those small, round, pre-marked labels is amazing!!!! (We have learned after 7 sales!) Also, each person puts their initials on it and try to use bold sharpies to mark, so it’s easy. For clothing, we also write the size on it. For some other items, a simple description helps, like “necklace”, “set of 3”, “new”, “never used” or “for the pair”.

    At the “check-out” table, we have boards (cut up cardboard boxes) that we keep track of items sold. Each person has a board, and we put the masking tape tag on the seller’s corresponding board.

    Hmmmโ€ฆwhat else? Use plastic Ziploc bags to contain items. Easy to see through and keeps things together. Play music to keep the mood upbeat. Maybe offer water or soda for sale (50 cents or a dollar). Store up your plastic and paper bags to use.

    After several years of uber successful sales, I think I’m taking a year or two off so that I can get out and shop them myself. It’s so fun to find great buys!!!

    1. First of all, CONGRATS on an awesome sale! Second of all, I have no idea how you found the energy to share your tips after such a big sale but I’m SO GLAD you did. They’re great, I can’t wait to use them!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  31. One thing that helps me is I get one of those nail pouches from the hardware store and carry my money with me and that way I don’t have to worry about the money box.

  32. I love all these suggestions! Awhile back we bought our girls a little takes picnic table with umbrella. Its perfect for their own lemonade & water/bake sale. They get to keep profits from that and any old toys they agree to part with. Somehow getting the money from them makes them want to part with more toys! Haha. It helps to have a partner to do the sale with so u can get a break if needed. I bought a multi pocket pouch that ties around my waist to keep my money in, so I can get up and answer questions, straighten things up and not worry about protecting a money box.

  33. i am known for my garage sales. Like you, it’s about being organized. I have a few add ins:
    Make sure all signage leading to your place looks exactly the same. If you’re using neon yellow, all signs should be neon yellow and in the same hand writing, same words. I often have people thank me for making it so easy to find.

    Advertising on varage sale ( virtual garage sale) is great, free and perfect place to list left overs.

    When my child was smaller I had one box with all those happy meal toys and other little items that take over a house, but it’s time they take over someone else’s….yet aren’t worth much. When people come with little kids I tell them they can pick out one thing for themselves, so have fun finding the perfect thing for them. It creates goodwill but more importantly keeps their hands busy in the box, not taking apart my displays…

    I’ll admit sometimes I just get nervous telling someone the cost I’m asking! I don’t know why, some people just intimidate me,,, so I have a few stand by ways of handling it:
    I tell them if they come back at the end of the day and it’s still here, I’ll go even lower than they offered. They almost always don’t take the chance and pay what I’m asking.
    I tell them if I don’t get the price I’m asking I have a friend or sister who wants it… I’m only selling because I do need the money.

    And finally I have a different approach to pricing. I often don’t have the time to price everything. So I will create a few large posters that list prices… Like you did here. It’s easier to lower prices that way too. I do try to label large items like furniture, sometimes adding details like brand, condition, includes new part things like that. And I get a few dozen donuts offering my early birds one… Goodwill often leads to a purchase… If they’re on the fence about whether to buy or not.

    I have a guest room piled to the ceiling! Just waiting for warmer temp to set up shop and make my $1000 summer money!

  34. Quick note ~~ just wanted to let you know there is something wrong with this page – I think it is the YouTube video you have on here but after clicking on this post you have about 3 minutes to read before your page literally “goes crazy”.It jumps down to the video and WILL NOT let you get away from it. I have closed the page and come back to it FOUR times now. I hope you actually get this comment and that you are able to get this fixed. Some people may not come back as many times as I have, and if it messes up this time I probably won’t come back any more today. I’m sure I’ll give it another try in a few days, but if it’s still acting crazy I probably won’t be back. Just thought you might want to know! (BTW I’m sending this on 7-5-15, jic it doesn’t show that….

    1. Oh no, thank you for letting me know that! Are you on a mobile device? iPad? Is it a video ad? I never want ads to interfere with content so I’ll contact my network ASAP. Thanks again for taking the time to let me know.

      1. Yay!! I came back to check out this article today and there were no problems!!! I’m so glad you were able to get it fixed (whatever it was that was locking it up)! I really enjoyed this article. My daughter & I are planning a yard sale in a couple weeks after not doing one in YEARS!! This was a nice refresher! Thanks!!

  35. I truly wish I could price my yard sale items the way you do! But where I live (about 45 minutes north of Philly) pricing is absolutely crucial and if I asked what you did I wouldn’t sell a thing! Usually my biggest sell is the clothing, which I sell from $.50 cents to $1, only occasionally getting $2-3 ( this excludes special occasion attire). Household decor and misc. goes from a quarter to possibly a few dollars and furniture is well under a decent asking price (we don’t sell much of it so this doesn’t effect us much). My Mom and I are avid yard salers so we know how to price and sell but being able to simply sell our things is the most important factor so pricing low accomplishes that. We have always made our own directional yard sale signs and still to this day get compliments on them! I advertise as freely as possible, the internet can be a wonderful thing, just be certain to only use sites that you are sure are safe to release your address. We have found that snacks, treats, and beverages don’t sell as well for us but children can rock these types of sales so go for it! (my son is only 2 so he can’t quite run his own stand yet but he’s certainly working his way up to it!) Yard sales require a lot of work but we always feel so much better afterwards! Leftovers also get donated, only a few of the more personal pieces are kept (we have yard sales twice a year, one in the spring and one in the fall). Your tips are brilliant and for anyone that is new to yard saleing, these are invaluable! =)

  36. One thing I like to do at my yard sales is set the kids up with a either a lemonade stand or a cooler full of waters. That way we make a little extra money and they get to be a part of the yard sale. Yard sale customers can’t resist cute kids! LOL!

  37. I’ll be having my first yard sale in a few weeks. The tips here from you and your readers are like a treasure trove of yard/garage sale advice! Thank you all for sharing the wisdom you’ve gleaned from your selling experiences; it is very much appreciated!!!

  38. I have two yard sales per year and usually make around $800 to $1200 and this was great info!! I live in a very rural area (10 miles from the nearest town). I am pleased to say I still found three new ideas from your post. Thx a bunch! Good luck at your next sale and thx again!!

  39. This post was superrr helpful! I love your blog! Such an inspiration!! Do you happen to have a printable checklist version of this post at all?

    1. I don’t yet, but that’s a GREAT idea! Adding it to my future posts lists!!

  40. I did a Themed yard Sale last October. I advertised it as a Halloween Only Yard Sale. This attracted the right crowd without people stopping by and asking “is this all you have is Halloween stuff.’ It was a success and could be done with any theme. Household Only, Childrens Clothes Only, Furniture Only, etc….

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