This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
A yard sale can be an incredible way to make some extra cash when you need some. If you’ve got a lot of stuff you want to sell, doing it locally can be quicker and more cost-effective than using the internet. And you can also make use of social media pages and local forums to promote your yard sale further. It can be a lot of fun, especially on a hot day, and it helps you clear out your house. If you want to make sure you actually sell a good portion of your stuff, you need a few tricks to make it a success.
Check the Laws and Regulations
Before you do anything, you need to check that you’re allowed to hold a yard sale. There might be local laws that prevent you doing it. Similarly, if you’re part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), the board members might not be happy with you holding a yard sale. Remember to check so your yard sale won’t be cut short or get you in trouble.
Join Up with Neighbors
One good idea is to see if any of your neighbors want to join in and have their own yard sales on the same day. That way, you can create a kind of yard sale trail and invite people to wind their way around your homes. It doesn’t have to be direct neighbors, they could just be others in your neighborhood. And if no one else turns up, at least you can look at each other’s stuff.
Promote Your Yard Sale
To get people to come to your yard sale, you’re going to have to tell them about it. You can let your nearest neighbors know, as well as promote it a bit more widely. If you have anywhere you can place a flyer or poster, it’s easy to find free flyer templates to make an eye-catching one. You can try asking to put one on noticeboards in community spaces or hand them to people directly. Go online to post in local groups too, and perhaps create an event page on a site like Facebook.
Decide What to Sell
Picking what to sell should be a careful process, rather than just clearing everything out of your home. You might not have a lot of space, and some things are better off recycled, given to charity or thrown in the garbage. Decide what people are most likely to buy.
Set Up Your Sale
Think about presentation when you set up your sale. You want to be able to catch people’s eyes and make it easy for them to look at things. Consider having something else to attract people, such as lemonade, coffee or cakes for free or to buy.
Price Fairly – Be Prepared to Haggle
Pricing your items can be tricky. Try looking on eBay or somewhere similar if you’re not sure and you’ll soon get the hang of it. But even if you label your items, be prepared to haggle. People love a good deal, and they’ll do anything to get one.
You need to be well prepared if you want to run a successful yard sale. Take your time setting it up to ensure you can pull it off.