Summer is just about here and yard sales are popping up everywhere! This is the perfect time of year to purge old or unwanted items that you no longer use to make a bit of extra cash to spend on those fun summer activities! If you would like to have your own yard sale but are unsure of where to start, you will definitely want to check out this step by step guide for having your own yard sale!
Step 1) Gather your items.
First you will need to go through your house and decide what you are willing to part with. Put these items in boxes or storage containers in one place so that you can have all of your yard sale items together and ready to go.
Step 2) Pick a date.
You will want to decide on the days that you will have your sale. Check the weather forecast for your area to make sure the weather will be good on the days you choose because you don’t want to be stuck out in the rain! You also want to pick days/times that most people will be off of work so that you have the potential for lots of customers! Days that seem to work the best are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Step 3) Get your supplies.
You will want something to label the prices on your items. You can get actual pricing stickers or you can just use tape and a marker. You will also want a few signs to put up around your neighborhood to direct customers to your sale. You will also need a few tables and bins to place stuff on to display. If you do not have tables handy, you might be able to find rental tables from party supply companies or even local churches.
Step 4) Advertise your sale.
Once you have your dates decided and all of your items ready, you will want to advertise your upcoming sale about a week prior and the day of. You can purchase an ad in your local paper, or some great free advertising options are Facebook and Craigslist. You can even put flyers up in your neighborhood and local shops that allow it.
Step 5) Price your items.
A day or two before your sale, you will want to price your items. You can price items individually with your labels or you can put items into boxes labeled with one price. For example: “Everything in this box is $2”.
Step 6) Sale day!
Get up early, about a couple of hours before your sale starts and head to the bank. You will need to get some cash and change so that you can make change for customers that buy items. You can decide how much you want to get but I suggest getting at least enough to break a $20 bill. Then you just need to set out your items in your yard, garage or driveway and wait for the customers to arrive!
Happy selling! Once your sale is over, don’t forget to take down your signs and delete your ads.