A yard sale is a great way to earn a little extra money this summer. When it comes to hosting a yard sale, there’s more work involved than just setting your stuff out in the driveway. If you want to be successful, you’ll need to invest some time and effort. Here are a few tips to increase your chances of creating a hard-to-resist yard sale.
Pick the Perfect Time
One of the first things you’ll want to decide is when to have your yard sale. Mornings are usually the best time of day for a yard sale—the weather is cooler and people are less likely to interrupt the middle of their day to stop by a yard sale. If you’re able, a multi-day sale can be beneficial. Friday and Saturday are the most common days of the week for a yard sale. Offering more than one day will cater to more people’s schedules increasing your chance of a bigger crowd.
Make it Worth the Shopper’s Time
The more items you offer at your yard sale, the more shoppers you’ll draw in. Generally, it’s a good idea to have at least 100 items at your sale. If you don’t have that much stuff, ask a neighbor or friend to contribute. Having a diverse selection will also help bring in more people.
Yard Sale Organization
Walking up to a driveway scattered with appliances, toys and clothing can confuse your shoppers. Put out your items in related sections and be sure the stack everything neatly. Highlight your most expensive and big-ticket items by placing them up front. This will catch the eye of people driving by and be the first things everyone sees when walking up to your yard sale.
How to Price Things for a Yard Sale
It usually works best to price each item individually instead of putting a group of items in a box with one price tag. Keeping items separated in the correct boxes can get challenging with so many people walking around. When coming up with a price, don’t set it too high in hopes everyone will haggle. Seeing a high price may just cause people to walk away.
Yard Sale Promotion
One of the best ways to advertise your yard sale is posting signs in your neighborhood. But don’t just post your address on a boring white poster board. Make it colorful so it stands out more and be sure to post your signs along busy streets where plenty of people drive by. Keep the wording short and sweet so it’s easy to read. You can also advertise your yard sale for free on websites like Craigslist or apps like Nextdoor.
Yard sales can take some work, but if done right, you’ll end up with extra cash in your pocket. Be financially smart with your garage sale profits by doing something like starting an emergency fund or a vacation fund. Put your money in a savings account to reach a specific savings goal. We hope you have a financially productive summer!