Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!
I have several boxes set up in the garage for our annual garage sale. They are labeled: toys, clothes, housewares, books, and misc. I keep a package of price stickers and a pen handy. Every time I come across something for the garage sale while cleaning, I put the items into the sale boxes and price it right then.
When we are ready for the sale day I simply open the boxes and set things out for display. This has saved me time, energy, and allows me to get everything priced instead of waiting until the last minute. I also have a box for donations. When the garage sale is over, anything that did not sale, goes into the donation box.
In some areas there are abandoned lots on the side of main roads that have been adopted by people to set up for yard sales on a regular basis. If you plan on going to one of these areas, show up early to get a spot.
A yard sale is a lot of work but it can be fun if you plan, prepare, and execute in a timely manner. Good luck :)
By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN
Keep things simple and rounded. People like to pay quickly and simply. Price your items as rounded dollar amounts and avoid the $1.50 style pricing. For lesser items under $1, consider combination pricing. Instead of putting $0.25 price tags on dozens of items, place them together as a 4 for $1 table. While someone certainly could purchase one item, this type of pricing encourages multiple purchases, leading to high revenues and less remnant items after the sale.
As your yard sale nears its end, start to offer percentage sales. During the last hour of your sale, put up a sign that says 25% off every purchase. In the last portion of the sale, mark things down to 50% off. The math could get tricky, so keep your calculator handy and do the markdown on the total.
Don't tolerate haggling on low priced items in your under $1 box. Haggling is reserved for large ticket items.
At the end of the year when you file your taxes, research the government values attached to each item and declare your donations. You may not have sold it for the amount you asked, but you can make a few pennies from your deduction, and someone else benefits from the donation.
Whether it's called a yard sale, garage sale, or rummage sale, it's still the same thing - a plethora of good bargains up for grabs to the first customer.
Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
I have some clothing I'd like to sell at my yard sale. However, I have no rack, clothesline, or fence to display them on. What can I do or use to display my clothes?
Thanks in advance for the clever advice I'm sure I'll get from all of you!
By Bluesome from Tonawanda, NY
If you do want to buy a rack, they are usually about ten dollars at stores like dollar general, family dollar, or maybe about that at Walmart or Kmart. Just make sure that they are neatly displayed, with the size (perhaps on a sticker, with the sex intended for and price--Girls 4T .50--) that helps. I know I hate looking for sizes on clothes, and sometimes, the sizes on the tags do fade away. or you could bundle by gender, age, pants, shirts. Tarps, tables, etc, are also good ideas.
How about using a Beach umbrella and hanging the hangars from the ribs? You can use an old coat rack. If you have any of the wire type of shelving you can put folded clothing on the shelves and then hang some of the clothing on the corners. Perhaps you have a tall bookshelf that you could use the same way.
I personally think people are more opt to buy if they are displayed nicely hung up some how. They'll sell faster to if they are not wrinkled and clean.
I put eye hooks into the underside of the carport, tied a rope to one hook and put a pipe onto the rope, then tied the other end of the rope to the other eye hook. Your pipe can even be a little longer than the space between the hooks. I had a piece of fence rail as my pipe, but you can use any pipe since the hangers will be what's touching it.
You can go to the family dollar and buy a clothes line and tie it between 2 trees then hang clothes on it. After your yard sale, it's easy to take down, and store till the next time you have a yard sale.
I have the exact same problem. I'm having a yard sale in a few days as well and don't know what to do!
Stretch PVC pipe between 2 ladders
I am going to be taking part in a community yard sale that is going to be held in a church parking lot. Should I make my own signs? What can I do to make my booth stand out from the others?
By Karaoke Mama
Make a sign that says: Great prices and deals.
Make a freebie box with a smaller sign near it that says if you buy one item, you get to choose something from the 'freebie' box.
Be sure to replenish it every hour with more freebie items. Also, towards the end of the day, start packing up things you cannot part with away or segregate it from things you are willing to part with cheaply.
Start telling people that they can fill up a bag for x amount of dollars. More people will flock to your table, maybe purchasing the items that you segregated as well, smile.
Thank you! These are great ideas. I am going to use them. You Rock!
Over the last 20 years we've had nearly 60 yard sales including huge benefit charity sales. In my experience in order of importance:
1. Signs (large and legible) any any other available free advertising.
2. Clean items in good repair (a bit of touch up paint or glue can make the sale) well displayed (avoid putting items on the ground or leaving in boxes as many people are not able or willing to stoop down or rummage through boxes). Not enough tables? A box of like items (no breakable or sharp items) is okay placed on a chair.
3. Price every item beforehand (I do not overprice as in our area when an item is fairly priced very few people haggle).
4. Have plenty of change, bags, and newspapers (to wrap breakables).
5. Relax - have fun and enjoy yourself. Welcome/greet each visitor. Play some happy music. Wear a silly hat (mine is a Crown complete with fake jewels and printed with "Her Royal Highness Queen of the Yard Sale" and hubbies is a huge wide brimmed Mariachi straw hat).
Have something to give away to all the kiddos (even just a sticker will bring a smile to a small child). When a customer asks me for info on an item I'm not familiar with I'll cup my hands around my mouth and call out to my husband "attention, attention...associate to electronics" (or hardware/automotive, etc.) We have repeat customers at all our sales and I often see folks when I'm out and about who stop me and tell me they just cant wait, when is the next sale?
Hope you have a great sale, it's hard work but can be profitable and great fun at the same time.