One thing my grandmother and I always loved doing was going to and holding, yard sales. They are fun, and a great way to make some extra cash. Not to mention they help declutter your house. If you don’t want to have a big Money Making Yard Sale you could also have a virtual yard sale.
Your kids can help too! Don’t take this on as a solo project, get them interested in helping. It’s a great way to teach them the value of a dollar and spend quality time with them.
How to have a money making yard sale
Collect your items
Ideally, you want to store your items in one place throughout the year, but that is not always doable. I have found the best time to round up all of the things that I want to sell is, while I’m spring cleaning. I start at one end of the house and work my way to the other.
Collect Kid Toys
I collect my kid’s toys twice a year. Once in November and again in May. Why those dates? Well, November because Christmas is right around the corner, and then May because all of the kid’s birthdays run together. I take their old toys that they no longer need and put them in my yard sale box, which also makes more room for their new stuff.
Be organized. There is nothing worse than an unorganized yard sale. About three weeks before your sale start going through your items. Sort and price them.
Does your town have a free paper? If so make sure you advertise your yard sale in it. If you want and can afford to, you can also post it usually pretty cheaply in the regular classifieds.
Make sure you also post about your yard sale online on Craigslist and your local Facebook yard sale groups! These sites are totally free. Include pictures and descriptions of what you will be selling. Make sure you update your post throughout the day, so the listing stays at the top of the threads for more people to see.
Don’t underestimate signs. Make your signs easy to read, and make sure they give CLEAR directions to your yard sale. Place them in locations that traffic is sure to see them.
Make sure your items have price tags – you can use price sticker or painters tape. They should be easy to read. Price tags will save you from having to answer the same questions all day. They will also help cut down on people offering you rock-bottom prices.
Don’t price your items so you have to carry change. The lowest coin you should need during your yard sale is a quarter. There will be a lot going on all day so the last thing you need to worry about is juggling a bunch of change.
Don’t over price
Make sure your items are priced at a good sale price. This isn’t the mall. People aren’t going to buy a used item if they can go to the store and buy it new for a few bucks more.
Ask yourself, if you were at a yard sale would you buy it at that price? If not, then it’s probably overpriced.
Don’t forget your buyers are going to want to test their purchases out. If the item needs batteries, you could either put some batteries in each item or have batteries that you can put in the item to show it works.
If you need electricity to test the item out, you could either use an extension cord or if you have one of the jumper boxes you could use that (I keep this box in my truck for emergencies).
Have a sale at your yard sale. Remember you’re having a yard sale to get rid of your clutter. If you’re having your sale over a few days, on the last day, you could offer your items at half price, or a deep discount. If you’re only having your sale for one day, you can start your “sale” in the last 2 hours of your yard sale. The goal is not to take any of it home.
Check the weather. If you want to have a successful yard sale, don’t have it in the middle of the winter. No one is going to come to your yard sale in the freezing cold. Same goes for summer – don’t plan an outside yard sale in the 90-degree weather.
Where to have it
Are you like us and live in the country? Let’s face it if I were to have a huge yard sale in my yard not many people are going to come. Why? Because they have to travel way out here. We have a spot right smack dab in the middle of town. You have to pass it to get to either side of the city.
Find a spot that has traffic and that will allow you to set up. Finding a good spot could mean the difference between a money making yard sale or a bust.