How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

If you’re a little low on cash, overstocked on junk, and have some good weather coming your way, why not hold a yard sale? It’s a very simple and quick way to make some extra bucks and clear out some room in your living space. So what are you waiting for? Use the following tips and advice to host your very own yard sale.

  1. Get a Permit

– Most cities require you to obtain a permit before selling anything, let alone holding a garage sale. You can contact your city’s officials to figure out exactly how to obtain one and what you will need in order to do so. Besides getting the permit, make sure that you also book your appointment or hire a cleaning service to help you with the cleaning after your sale. Junk removal philly, is an affordable and efficient service provider in this field. This will save you a lot of time and energy as you finish up with your yard sale.

  1. Gather your Goods

– Go through your entire house and gather up items that are no longer of use to you. Be sure to ask before you go through anyone else’s things! Remember to check your closets, attic, basement, garage, etc. You can even ask your friends or family if they have any old junk they are willing to hand over for you to sell. Some of the top-selling items in yard sales are kitchen items, knick-knacks, board games, undamaged clothes, and furniture. Sort all of your goods into separate boxes in an organized fashion (clothes in one box, kitchen items in another, etc). Label these boxes so that you’ll have everything easily accessible when you are ready to set up.

  1. Pick a Time  amp; Date

– Check out your weekly weather forecast online and choose a nice, warm day to hold your sale. Usually, people prefer to keep their yard sale up for at least a weekend or until they get rid of most of their goods. Pick a time range (2-4 hours is a good idea), and try to give yourself at least 2 hours before the sale to set up. For example, if you’re having your sale at 10:00 AM, make sure you begin getting everything out and ready at 8:00 AM. Also, here’s another tip: hold your yard sale at the beginning of the month (older people love yard sales and usually receive their SS check around the first).

  1. Advertise

– Choose three different places to put a sign in your neighborhood. These signs should be written large enough so that they can be read from the street. They should include the event title (Yard Sale), your address (and brief directions if possible), time, dates, and an arrow pointing in the direction of where to go. Add another sign little ways down the road pointing to the next street they must turn on with the same information written on it. Other advertising options include the internet (sites like and are popular choices), and your local paper. I personally believe that the best way to advertise is simply by word of mouth. Tell all of your friends, family members, and co-workers about your sale and ask them to spread the news along. Oh and be sure to begin advertising at least 2-3 days before (and during!) your yard sale.

  1. Set-Up Pricing

– Begin setting up at least two hours before the actual time you “open” for business. To set up your things, you will need tables to place your items on and make “aisles”. You’ll also need an area for you to sit to cash out your customers. When you set your items up, keep it organized. There’s nothing worse than an unorganized yard sale. Nobody wants to look through heaps of clothes to find a spatula if you know what I’m saying. Keep it simple. Clothes in one area, electronics, and games in another. Once everything is out and set up, begin adding price tags. You can use regular paper and scotch tape or you can use one of those label makers. Please price reasonably. That outdated microwave you bought 20 years ago probably isn’t worth $75 dollars anymore even if you haven’t used it. A lot of people like to have separate boxes of items that are priced the same and considered miscellaneous. For example, you can have a “$1 Box” where you put everything extra that only costs a dollar. People won’t mind digging through that box considering the deal! Next, remember to keep the lost of change on hand. Twenty-one dollar bills, ten fives, and at least three rolls each of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies should be sufficient. Keep a calculator at your “cashier” table for quick and easy adding and you can also keep bags at that table so that your customers don’t have to carry armfuls of things to their car. Another tip: you may want to add a sign at the cashier table that says, “All sales final” in order to avoid people trying to get refunds for the items they buy.

  1. Safety/Security

– Even at yard sales, there are thieves. The best way to avoid being taken advantage of is to keep a few family members as “lookouts” to watch over customers while they shop. It’s also a good idea to keep all the money on you at all times in a fanny pack around your waist. This way, any potential criminals won’t have the chance to just grab your money and make a run for it (it’s happened many times at yard sales!). Also, keep a cordless phone or cell with you at all times in case of an emergency.

Now that you know all you need to know about having a successful yard sale, get off your behind and start looking for junk. Before you know it, your house will be cleaner and you’ll be rolling in the dough.

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