How to carry out a successful yard sale
Have you ever lived in the same house for long years and when time has come to move to a new place you surround yourself with a bunch of items no longer needed? The great majority of them and in good condition and could easily be transported to your new home but since you’ve planned to have brand new furniture, appliances, electronics and decorations, why not sell them? If you are patient, you can list each of your items in a local classified website and wait for people to reach out to you. Instead, why not set up a nice big table on your front lawn and put together a yard sale!
First thing you need to do, is evaluating the need to do a yard sale or garage sale as they say in North America in terms of purpose. Many times, most of the items you are replacing are unsellable because of misuse, damage and so on. A smart way to organize such is to make a list of all potential items that could be sold, so you can figure out if it would even be worth your time and energy. Another good question to ask yourself is how convinced are you that people will take interest in buying your stuff? Donation can be a realistic option to consider, but again, this totally depends on your items.
If any of your items have not been used for over 5 years – what’s the probability to use it in upcoming months? If you are planning to replace some items with new ones – now it's the best time to sell the old ones. This is a win-win situation in all cases, as you will have fewer things to move with you to your new location and extra cash handy to help you out financially.
Keep this in mind; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Therefore, do not throw an item you think is useless for you, because it might be serving a purpose to someone else! This being said, try selling it first even if it will be at a fractional price as long as you get something for it.
So how do you figure out the price to set on your items right? Good question.
Before you put a price tag on your stuff, you should consider one critical element – it doesn't make a difference how costly and valuable is an item for you. It is more substantial on how important it is for your potential buyers. Ask your buddies or better yet do some research on listings websites to get an idea how much it could be worth if you don’t have a clue.
While you make offers, be sure to write down all sold items. That way you can manage everything better and in the end to bring down the costs of the unsold stuff to meet your desired profit.
Be straightforward with yourself when evaluating your stuff. Some things are significant for everyone while some – not really. Attempt to offer and offer them most. An incredible tip is to join a more profitable thing with less one and offer them as a set.
Be sure to clean any dust that could be sitting on any object and make sure your table is well presented. Kitchen appliances and utensils need to shine, same goes for glasses and plates. In other words, make the old stuff look brand new!
Last but not least, make sure you put up special written signs, stars, balloons, basically anything flashy and glittering which could grasp by passers attention. Make sure they are placed at the proper height for better visibly from distance. Now it’s the time to promote your yard sale on the internet thru blogs, special group pages within your community. You can print a single page stating “YARD SALE” in capital letters and your address right underneath it.
And that’s it! All you have to do is pin it on wooden posts and hand out a few copies to neighbors so they can get the word around.