View Full Version : Any tips for having a Yard/Garage sale?
08-05-2007, 06:09 PM
I have never had a garage sale before and we are getting ready to have one next weekend. We've already been working on it for about 2 weeks so we're almost there... We are putting an add in the paper (we have lots of baby items and baby clothes). A friend mentioned to sell bottled water. Does anyone have any other tips or ideas? Thanks!
08-05-2007, 06:57 PM
make sure you have lots of change most people use bills at yard sales
plastic shopping bags for the people to carry their treasures in
be ready to haggle -everyone wants a bargain and they will talk you down
08-05-2007, 09:21 PM
If you really want to get rid of stuff, don't overprice it to begin with. People will sometimes see a price that's higher than they think an item is worth and walk away rather than try to bargain. Try to display items so people can easily see them rather than having to sort through boxes - sometimes I don't want to be bothered looking through a box but the same item sitting on a table might pique my interest. Make sure items are clean and in as good of condition as possible - I know I don't want to buy someone else's dirty, old junk. Put toys within little ones' reach - when they start to play with them, it's harder for Mom or Dad to walk away without making a purchase! Good luck with your sale!
08-05-2007, 09:54 PM
:mickey:I just had a yard sale last month to make money for our sept disney trip-we did great and made almost $600. Location is important, I live off a main road with a lot of traffic (about 400 cars pass a day) and put up a huge neon poster board sign at the highway about 3 days before the sale. I also asked the corner stores if I could put up some signs. I also listed on my signs that I had lots of baby items, housewares etc. Make sure everthing is clean and organized,housewares together, baby items, clothes by size and gender. borrow tables from neighbors so you have more room to display merchandise. Hang as much clothing as possible, it makes it much easier to look at and prevents your tables from becoming messy looking after customers look thru them. Keep working your items as the day goes buy to make sure everthing is neat. Don't overprice! most people won't bother to ask you to accept a lower price, instead they will just pass on the item. Talk up your customers and be friendly:D We were like personal shoppers, asking people what they might be looking for and suggesting extra items that might go together, we even gave away some things.:blush: Have fun:D
08-05-2007, 09:57 PM
if you have a fence or something try hanging a few of your nicer clothing items so people can see them...also put a couple of larger items (furniture or bigger baby related items) near the road, a lot of people will just drive by slowly to see if you have anything good and will be more likely to stop that way. Good Luck! :thumbsup:
08-06-2007, 02:11 PM
I know one thing that always makes me leave a yard sale quickly is if nothing is priced. I don't want to have to ask the price on every item. I personally think it would be wise to have a price on everything - or at least a sign on things you might have more than one of - record albums, video tapes, clothing, etc.
And definitely be willing to negotiate - at least within reason. People coming to yard sales want a bargain. They don't care what it cost new or how much sentimental value it has - they want it dirt cheap.
Good luck. I hope you make lots of $$$$$!
08-06-2007, 10:41 PM
Thanks everyone - these are all great suggestions! We hope to put the money we make towards our Disney fund too! :mickey:
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