How to Have a Profitable Yard Sale

Got Extra Stuff in the Garage?

These items are useful---just not to me!
These items are useful---just not to me!

What is in the garage?

Got stuff? (As in an accumulation of excess junk over the years?!) Want cash and a fun summertime activity?

Combine unloading excess baggage you have accumulated with improving your bank account by having a yard sale! It is time to de-clutter profitably. Planning this event will help maximize its success. Consider the following tips:

Coordinate it with neighbors

Garage sale aficionados love attending neighborhood sales or multi-family sales. There are few people that could not part with excess detritus. Involving others in the neighborhood will increase the desirability to go to your sale.

Coordinate your own sale

It is difficult for one person to attend a yard sale without breaks. Try to get a friend involved so you are able to take a bathroom break. Sadly, thieves like to frequent unattended yard sales.

Obtain plenty of change

You don’t want to loose that sale because you cannot provide change. A cash box is handy or using a fanny pack with plenty of change is desirable.

Prepare your goods

It is important to price all your goods. Stickers work for individual items or a box can be arranged with a price on it, for instance $3 for each CD in the box.

Organize like things together for an attractive display on folding tables if possible. Garage sale clients will pay more if the display is attractive and no bending is required. Clothes are best presented on portable clothing rods if you have them.

Advertise

Advertising in a local paper will generate business or there is free yard sale advertising on Craigslist. Be sure to specify when the sale will open as early birds can disrupt your preparation.

You will also want to display large signs at your local intersections to attract people driving by that love yard sales. Put these out right before the sale begins or put the sign up the night before with the correct date and time and address(es).

Conduct your sale

Hopefully all you pre-planning has paid off and the weather is good. Have a blast conducting your sale and may you prosper while de-cluttering your life!

Sammy Kershaw on Yard Sales

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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

Yard sales are indeed a good way to turn "stuff" into cash and depending on what is being offered it can turn into quite a bit of cash. It is a lot of work...I like your idea of coordinating it with neighbors or friends, etc.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I understand about having enough change, I fell into that trap myself! I totally forgot, but the next time I did it, I learned my lesson! great ideas, bookmarked for future reference, thanks nell


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Laura in Denver 5 years ago from Aurora Author

Thanks Dee aka Nonna,

I absolutly do not understand why we accummulate as we do. ;-)


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Laura in Denver 5 years ago from Aurora Author

Thanks Nell Rose,

I had a change box from the sale which I raided whenever needing money for about a year!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great topic-no sense in accumulating the stuff and just dropping it to the curb. I've had many yard sales and they were well worth the trouble in setting up. Nice tips here.


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Laura in Denver 5 years ago from Aurora Author

Yes, they can be profitable. One must start early and have advertized, of course.


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John Lakewood 4 years ago from Lakewood, CO

I suppose I should do this, but it does take a lot of time. If I only have a few things to get rid of, I call a charity.


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora Author

It IS a lot of work. And sometimes parking can be a problem.

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