I had a yard sale about 5 years ago. It took me two hours to set up and four hours sitting around getting sunburnt. I made $100. A yelling match broke out among a couple of women over a little child's picnic table. Never again for me...
I know of a few people who have very successful yard sales. One of them advertises in the newspaper ahead of time. Then, they set up at a busy location. They rake in on average over $1,000 for 4 hours of time.
I know of another lady who made $3,500 in one weekend. She set up her yard sale like a consignment store. She advertised, put flyers up around town and handed them out to everyone she knew. She set up tables with displays. She paired shirts with necklaces. She used display racks. She had a lot of stuff because she was moving.
My advice would be to prepare as much as possible the night before the garage sale. The day of the sale is likely to be chaotic, and you may have earlybirds arriving before the official start time. The less work you have to do on the day of the sale, the smoother your sale will run. Also, don't forget to have some cash and coins on hand to make change!
I've only had limited success with yard sales, but here's my suggestions:
1. Try to get other people in your neighborhood or street to also hold sales. You'll get more shoppers if you have a larger sale.
2. Put up a lot of signs to direct people to your sale. If people get lost in your neighborhood, they'll just leave.
3. Be set up and ready to go at least a half hour earlier than advertised. There are always early birds who show up.
4. Make sure that everything is marked clearly with a price. Be reasonable in your prices, but be prepared to bargain. Offer deals if they buy more than one item. Everybody loves a great deal
5. In my experience, the only thing you can get good prices for at yard sales is children's items (toys, strollers, car seats) and tools.
6. I've read that you should have coffee available to make your shoppers stay longer and look around (but then they may just hang around longer than you want).
7. Lower your prices as the day goes on.
8. Smile and be friendly. Make people feel welcome at your sale. Encourage them to ask questions and make offers on your items.
Price stuff. Know what has value in it.
Make sure there are a few bargains to be had.
Keep in mind the dealers usually arrive way before everyone else. They are very experienced in knocking you down on your prices. Stand firm. They are going to make money off you.
It has been some time since I held a garage sale, but I found that setting it up as if it were store really makes the difference. It takes lots of tables to display the items. When the items start to go, make sure you rearrange tables to look full and attractive. Post signs - lots around the neighborhood, grocery stores, laundermats, etc. Give discounts after the second hour and always consider an offer -- you just want to get rid of the stuff!
by Brian Slater 5 years ago
Do you have any tips for having a garage sale?
by Virginia Allain 3 years ago
Summertime is yard sale time. What are your tips for getting the best buys at a yard sale?I love shopping at garage sales and yard sales and flea markets, but want to make the most of my money and get good buys.
by Nichol marie 3 years ago
What is the best thing you ever bought At a yard-garage sale? How much was it?
by Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago
How do you have a garage/yard sale if you don't have a garage/yard?I live in an apartment, am moving, and don't have a place to hold a garage sale. Is it illegal to do it at a park?
by optimus grimlock 8 years ago
My fiance likes going so we went last weekend and we found a 27inch tv for 10.00!!! Got home and it works great, anyone else get deals like this?
by CraftingTime 4 years ago
What are some items that you would not purchase from a thrift store or yard sale?
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