VMG206 is a participant in affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to affiliated sites. While we may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post, it does NOT result in additional charges to you or cost you anything extra.
If you are anything like me, then by spring your closets are bursting and ready for a good cleaning. I love to pull everything out and take the opportunity to get rid of things that are worn out. I also sort a few things into my “Sale Pile”.
Whether you call it a Yard Sale, Garage Sale, or Tag Sale it’s a great way for unwanted items to find a new home while you make a little extra money.
Now you may be in the camp who doesn’t like to have a yard sale. You might think it takes too much time or you can’t make enough money to be worth the effort.
I used to be in that camp, too. But I came up with some great tips to make the sale quick, easy, painless and profitable.
Tips for a Successful High Dollar Yard Sale:
VMG206 is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. It does NOT result in additional charges to you or cost you anything extra.
Collect your clutter year round. It’s great if you have the room in a closet or in the garage to have a bin or place to keep items for an upcoming sale. You can also do a rash of cleaning and go thru the closets.
Pick your date(s). Be sure to consider the weather; you don’t want it to be winter, raining or too hot.
Time it right. Most business happens in the morning so get an early start. Open for business no later than 9am and finish in the afternoon. Also decide if it’s a one-day sale or going to span the weekend.
Select a location with good visibility. You want to be sure that your customers can find you.
Title your event appropriately. There are lots of titles, such as Garage, Yard or Tag sale which are pretty interchangeable. These are different from Estate Sale or Moving Sale. Be sure to use the title that best describes your event.
Advertise your event. Make lots of eye catching signs that are easily readable from 10+ feet away. Royal Bright’s has a variety pack of florescent poster board that work great. Also, list your event on Craigslist, local Facebook Sell groups and any local bulletin boards. It’s a good idea to get your advertising in place a few days in advance of the sale.
Prepare for your event before it starts. I know this might seem obvious, but there is a fair amount of prep work that you need to do before you open your doors. Don’t think that you can do it all in the hours before you open; plan to spend some prep time a few days before the sale.
Sort, organize and display your items by category. This will help your customers find what they are looking for quickly and make your sale easy to shop.
Price all your items individually before the sale. This makes it easy for your customers to shop and buy you items. You can purchase Avery pre-printed removable Garage Sale Labels that already have the pricing on them. These make pricing items a breeze! Avery also has a cool Yard Sale Kit with Signs included.
Price items to sell. Don’t overprice your items; remember, the goal is to make sales and get this stuff gone.
Offer FREE items. Consider having some miscellaneous items marked FREE. This is a great draw for customers. It’s also fun to throw something in for free when people are checking out. My goal is to get rid of as much stuff as possible.
Have lots of change on hand. I think it’s a great idea to have about $5.00 in quarters and at least $20.00 in one dollar bills. You should also have some fives and tens. It’s better to be prepared so you are able to make change and sell more.
Accept credit cards! Square reader is super easy to use with an app that you download and they send you the card reader free. There is a small fee but you are also going to sell more by offering this option.
Bring bags and newspaper for wrapping up purchases. Make sure that you have bags to put your sales in.
Have a plan for stuff that doesn’t sell. Once your sale is over you may have some miscellaneous leftovers. Make a plan in advance what you are doing with that stuff. If you are going to donate it, then load it right in the car and go drop it off.
Reward yourself for a job well done. You did it! Sure, it was a little bit of work but now you have a few extra dollars in your pocket and a clean closet. Make sure to plan some down time after your sale for you to recuperate.
I’m sure you’ve heard that old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Well, it’s true! And having a yard sale can be pretty quick and easy.
I’ve found that with a little thoughtful planning, having a yard sale can actually be quite profitable. I’m confident that if you follow these tips you will have a successful and high dollar yard sale.