Yard sales are a great way to get rid of any unwanted items in your home, and make a bit of extra money at the same time!
Most people don’t expect to make a ton of cash selling their old items, but if done correctly, you can have a very successful yard sale that brings in a pretty penny!
If you want to cash in big on your next yard sale, follow these 6 simple steps!
6 Simple Steps To Cash In Big On Your Next Yard Sale
Step 1: Collect Your Junk!
A successful yard sale will have a variety of items for sale, so you’ll need to collect all your clutter you have (ideally year-round!) so that you have a big selection to offer yard sale enthusiasts (yup, that’s a thing!).
Don’t discriminate and decide that something is garbage instead of “sale worthy”…if it was worth it for you to pay for in the first place, chances are someone will buy it used for less!
The next time you come across something you don’t need anymore, just place it in a designated “yard sale box”. When that box is filled, start another, and keep going until you plan your bi-monthly, quarterly, or annual garage sale. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ve collected!
Don’t be afraid to also ask friends and family if they have anything they want to get rid of too! You’ll be doing them a favor by helping them declutter, and will get paid for it when you open up shop!
Step 2: Create A Plan
If you want to host a successful event of any kind, you’ll have to do some planning and organizing!
Some items you’ll want to check off the list before the big day…
- You’ll want to do one more check for extra clutter.
- Go through everything and price it accordingly a few days before the big day. Again, don’t sell your stuff short! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
You also need to take into account that most people will try and haggle at a yard sale, so instead of pricing that toy at $0.25, price it at $0.75 to allow you some wiggle room.
- Keep your total income goal in mind as well, and make sure that it all adds up to what you want out of it. This will give you a guideline of how much haggling you can do.
- You’ll want to make sure you advertise your yard sale by putting up signs in the neighborhood, and even taking an ad out on Craigslist or Kijiji, and your local paper.
- Get some small change at your local bank to be able to give change when necessary.
- Arrange things by category. Offer your “customers” a pleasant and easy shopping experience so they stay longer, and purchase more!
Step 3: Timing Is Everything!
You might not want to plan your garage sale in winter when it’s really cold and snowy, just saying!
The best time to do it is when the weather is great and not too hot, so make sure that you check the weather beforehand to ensure that it’s not going to rain.
Yard sales work well on Saturdays and Sundays, but do a bit of research to see when people usually hold yard sales in your neighborhood so you can share “traffic”. Many people like to start super early in the morning (as early as 5 a.m.), so make sure you have a start and end time in mind that you’re committed to.
Step 4: Get A Prime Location!
You’ll want to make sure that your yard sale is easy to get to, and is near a main street or intersection.
If your home isn’t ideal for the yard sale, ask a friend or family member to use their lawn for the day!
Step 5: Have a FREE Pile!
It might seem counterproductive to start giving your stuff away when you’re trying to earn some extra money, but you can’t earn money if no one comes to your sale!
Setting up a “free” pile (with a large sign that says that it is in fact free) near the road will stop people in their tracks, get them out of their car, and into your yard!
Step 6: Have Snacks and Smile!
This is not only a great opportunity to get the kids involved, but a small bake sale or lemonade stand can also help draw attention and get those cars pulling over! And, of course, it’s more money in your pocket!
Once they’re there, smile! Be friendly and welcoming, because there’s nothing worse than someone putting up signs to sell their stuff, then making you feel awkward while you try and buy their stuff!
Do you have a secret to your yard sale’s success? Share it below!
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