Please make sure all the items are clean. Now to hit my stuff for our up and coming yard sale on the 12th! 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.
I found you by way of Hometalk and am now a new follower! I like your tips and your photos. Thanks so much, Ava! Thanks for all the great tips. I look forward to having another sale using these tips and those from the responders. Your ideas are so helpful and I thank you for your time. 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.
Any time I move, I have a yard sale shortly after.
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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…. 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! 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!!!
I love hearing that!!! Thanks for the tips. I am in the process of decluttering now. Also, what are your thoughts on winter garage sales? Do they work, or better to wait till spring? 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. 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. 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. Some city websites even have places on there site where you can advertise. 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. Great tips from everyone, thank you. How would you recommend pricing these? I was thinking of offering the whole bin for a price? Or let them fill a ziplock bag for X price per bag? Also I have dozens of Beanie Babies and stuffed animals.
Please reply soonest- pricing is a huge stress for me, as is all of it.
How to Have a Successful Garage Sale – Tips for Pricing Items
Thank you and Marian for your comments. While my son seperated all the toys that he threw together in the 1rst place! Darn the storms the past 3 days, hampering my set-up scheme. 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 make so much money doing this!
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! 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….. Any one had any luck with food selling? Any advice would be appreciated. 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. 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! Great ideas on yard selling, my wife, Olga, wants to declutter and I now, after yrs of denial, agree with her.
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. I just got done with a two sale sale. Our town does a city-wide sale event, sponsored by the local Lions Club chapter. People come from out of state! You also receive a sign to display in your yard.
The point is, the more sales in the area, the better!!!
Planning Your Garage Sale
Your pointers were great! I always do the sale with a couple other families. 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.
And the time it saves from trying to peel off those small, round, pre-marked labels is amazing!!!! This will save you the hassle of retyping it over and over again.
Check the laws in your area before making garage sale signs as some places have banned them. Include your address or an arrow pointing towards your house. Wood paint stirrers make great posts for sticking garage sale signs in the ground. You can get the stirrers free from most home improvement stores. Make sure you have everything you need at least a day before the garage sale starts. You can find or make enough surfaces to suit your needs. For example, I gather up all of the card tables and patio furniture I can find for placing breakable items on. For smaller, non-breakable items, I put a board over two milk crates.
For clothes, you can use a garment rack or hang them on hangers off the top of your garage door. Keep tables with breakables off to the side of your sale or against a fence. Unattended kids love to run underneath tables, so the more centrally located they are, the higher risk you run of the table being knocked over. Make sure you have fives, ones, and at least twenty dollars in quarters. Ask the bank for a reusable cash envelope.
Many branches are happy to give you one. Sort before your price. Most people are looking for something specific and will appreciate the organization. To price items, I just use a roll of manila tape and a Sharpie, which is a lot cheaper than going out and buying fancy price tags. While many people do enjoy a good verbal match, some will just walk away if they think items are priced too high. Arrange your tables and put all the clothes on hangers the night before the garage sale. I arrange everything the night before and store it in the garage for safekeeping.
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