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Tips for Hosting Your First Yard Sale

Every year my neighborhood hosts a yard sale for all of us to sell/give away some of our unused items.  You know how it is.  You buy something and find that eight months later you still aren't using it at all.  That's ok!  Someone else will get good use out of it!

Last weekend was our neighborood's annual yardsale so I wanted to share a few tips that I've picked up over the years.


1.  The Early Bird Gets The Worm


I know it sounds like a silly saying but it's actually very true.  Make sure you open your garage door and get things set up early.  The most serious of yardsale shopper will be out and about around 6 a.m. and they are ready to find ALL the good deals.

2.  Give Yourself Enough Time To Prepare


I was talking to a woman at work and she shared with me that her family spend weeks preparing for their neighborhood's yardsale.  They wound up making close to $1000 but that's because they gathered all of their items together, priced them fairly, and stayed organized.  You have to have an organized set up in order to entice your shoppers.

3.  Price Items Fairly


Just because you've never used something doesn't mean you can price it at market value.  That's not what yardsale shoppers are looking for.  They are looking for a good deal that is fair.  My Mom has always said throughout the years that her goal at a yard sale isn't to make a ton of money.  It's to get rid of some of the excess in her life.

4.  Advertise


I know that someone in my neighborhood puts up an ad in the newspaper (or maybe the merchandiser) to get people interested.  Advertising your neighborhood's yardsale is the best way to get people to show up.  Don't forget about social media as well!

5.  Be A Seller & A Shopper


Spread the wealth!  My yardsale was not very profitable, but I stopped by my next door neighbor's garage to check out all of their goods.  I wound up buying a book.  It's a Brownie Scout Guide from 1950 that has cute illustrations and a lot of good tips.  First I'm going to read it.  Then I'm going to disassemble it because I think it would be good for zine making.

What do you look for in a yardsale?  What's your best find that you've ever bought?

Take care,
Marian
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