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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.
Usually Memorial Day and Labor Day are big yard sale days, but I have noticed it depends on your area. Let's be positive and say your area is big on yard sales these days. Labor Day is just around the corner. Saturday will be the day you want to set up and be prepared to make some sales. Sunday and Monday not so much. Start getting ready now.
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
Every yard sale host hopes for a perfectly sunny, prosperous day. Yet, many end their sales with unsold items and hours spent without meeting sales goals. There are a few strategies that will give sellers the results they expect.
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.
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