5 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

Today marks the first day of Spring (even though the temperature outside says otherwise), and this means one thing – SPRING CLEANING! Is anyone else as excited to clean the deep and dark corners of their house like me? No…just me? OK!

It’s the time of year where everyone sets up their yard sale at the edge of their driveway and prays to make a little extra cash by hocking off their stuff they no longer want. In the day and age of Marie Kondo, I have a feeling you will be seeing more of your neighbors setting up for the community yard sale.

* As an aside, don’t ask your toddler if an item “brings them joy.” They will say yes to EVERYTHING! You still have the right to make an executive decision regarding the 5,000 Hot Wheels, 52,000 dinosaurs, and 1 million building blocks they possess.

Not only do I love the chance to purge, but I LOVE a thrifting moment. [To the tune of Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana] “you get the best of both worlds!” My favorite yard sale/thrift find is this 1908 map of Union County, North Carolina. It’s amazing!

1908 Map of Union County, NC

A yard sale brings out all types of people – the observer, the peruser, and the hardcore thrifter (I’m somewhere in between the latter two). It’s important to provide a desirable experience for all involved parties on the day of your sale. Here are my five tips to setting up a successful yard sale for the buyer and the seller.

5 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale:

  1. Take advantage of the Community Yard Sale. When you team up with neighbors, your reach will grow even more. Think about how you want to grow your following on social media and apply it to your yard sale. Like, comment, save, and tag your neighbors.
  2. Timing is EVERYTHING when it comes to a fluid and positive yard sale experience. Consider hosting your yard sale at the start of the month, in particular the first weekend of a month. When we think about the “average” person’s pay period, the beginning and end of the month are often when they have the most cash on hand. “Show me the money!” (Jerry Maguire anyone?).
  3. Once you’ve cleaned out your items, sort and organize. The worst thing is to show up to a yard sale and it’s in a state of chaos. I have no desire to dig through your stash of items unless you are set up at an antique roadshow in the middle of a field (it’s all about the ambiance).
  4. We all LOVE a deal, and if you say otherwise, I think you may be fibbing. Look for opportunities to provide a deal to the public. For example, 5 books for $1.00 or 4 onesies for $2.50. It is also important to advertise and make those deals as visible as possible. It will save the “customer” from asking you and save your time from answering question after question.
  5. I would need more than my fingers and toes to count the number of times I’ve been to a yard sale where an individual is trying to sell something that just SHOULD NOT be sold. Hundreds of pre-loved teddy bears, Microsoft 97’ owners manuals, shoes missing their soles, and outdated children’s safety items (i.e. car seats) are advertised for sale at countless yard sales across the nation. Please DO NOT be this person – know thy customer!

What other tips and tricks would recommend for a yard sale? What do you look for when you’re thrifting? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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