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How to Organize a Neighborhood Yard Sale

Updated on February 28, 2018

Gather Your Neighbors for a Neighborhood Yard Sale

Neighborhood Yard Sale
Neighborhood Yard Sale

Calling All Neighbors: It's Time for a Yard Sale!

Yard Sales can be a lot more fun when you have friends and neighbors working together. I think one of the most difficult things is to find a date that suits a majority of the neighborhood. Once that is done, the rest is easy or as easy as a yard sale can be.

It is a great time to do your Spring Cleaning and make some extra cash at the same time. We had at least 20 neighbors participating in our sale and each one had their own at their home with a couple of exceptions where neighbors joined in together or invited a friend to join them.

We advertised big to let people know which homes were participating and we all chipped in for the expense of advertising in the paper.

Here are a few things that we have found important so far and I am sure we will learn more as we go.

We were reminded that we need to have a Rain Date and should have listened because it rained all day long.

Organizing a Neighborhood Yard Sale

Time required: 2 months

Cost: approximately $25

Materials:

  • Old Campaign SignsPricing Stickers

Tools:

  • Paint and Markers

Successful Communication is the Key to Any Successful Event

Instructions:

1. Communicate with Neighbors - Facebook Group or Fan Page, Set a Date, Flyers for neighbors with permit application from town, Talk it up with neighbors to get a lot of participation - some neighbors might want to go in together or they might want to invite a friend from another area of town to participate with them. The more, the merrier!

2. Advertise Word of Mouth and Social Media - post flyers and have participants to post some of their items that will be for sale

Flyers - ask neighbors to each print out at least five and distribute at workplace, church, school, businesses (especially beauty salons, restaurants, banks, doctor/dentist offices)

Signs - Repainted old campaign signs work well

Newspaper/Radio

Online - List on Yard Sale Search, Craig's List, Yardsale.com, and other free sites on the web.

3. Remind neighbors to: post signs with balloon(s) to attract attentionc plenty of change, grocery bags for customers, display permit, post All Sales Final. Make sure each participant has a map showing all participants so they can direct customers around the neighborhood.

4. Contact a local non profit that might be interested in picking up items that were not sold.

5. Helpful Hints From My Sister:

Electrical connection if any items are electrical and want to be checked before purchase.

Small calculator for accurate totals.I had a money box but unless you have someone with it all the time, you run the risk of theft. Used instead, apron with pockets and did change from pockets.......(garden type or service type aprons work) Another gimmick would be if all “helpers” at each location wore the same type apron.......(I had four great blue and white ones years ago, but don’t know what happened to them.). One of our neighbors made aprons for participants. They were great. Or even if each “official” at a location wore a hat or name tag or something so visitors would know who to talk to if they want to ask questions or haggle price. Helpful if crowd turn out is expected to be large.

Shopping List

You will need:

Signs for Advertising - if you advertise in the newspaper, they may have some they will give you but you can never have too many.

Pricing Stickers - this is the most time consuming thing to do and is very important. You can save some time by purchasing stickers that are already pre-priced.

Money Apron - one of our neighbors made our aprons and they sure were handy.

We had maps to give everyone who came to our neighborhood

Our neighborhood can be confusing to visitors so we worked up a map showing each of the homes that were participating and gave these to our customers.  We heard a lot of positive comments about these maps.  We had two to a page to cut down on copies.
Our neighborhood can be confusing to visitors so we worked up a map showing each of the homes that were participating and gave these to our customers. We heard a lot of positive comments about these maps. We had two to a page to cut down on copies. | Source

Displaying your items is important

All the ones participating at my house wore these fun Dr. Seuss hats so the customers would know who was selling.
All the ones participating at my house wore these fun Dr. Seuss hats so the customers would know who was selling. | Source

Make Your Spot Attractive and Recognizable

We had four different spots with 4 different yard sales going on in our yard. Each one had their own tent and a name for their "business". Each person selling wore a Dr. Seuss Hat and the green money aprons that our neighbor had made. We had plenty of tables and creative ways to display our merchandise.

If it had not rained we would have had a very successful day. Regardless, we were able to get rid of some stuff, had a good time, and made a little bit of money. We were cold and wet but that is ok.

Bright Colored Signs Attract The Most Attention

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    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 months ago from Pendleton, SC

      I don't think I would be able to participate in another one. I am remembering how exhausted Betty and I were after this but we did have fun!

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      Connie Rasbury 

      7 months ago

      Such great information! Thank you and I was so happy to see photo of Betty.

    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We use those fun hats at our family reunion so we had them on hand.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are great yard sale tips! I love the bright orange Dr. Seuss hats for the sellers.

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      fullofshoes 

      4 years ago

      Good tips for a great yard sale :)

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      I think this would be a great idea. I might just do one!

    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Michey LM: Thanks Michey. We are looking forward to it and I am getting some decluttering done. I have already sold some of the pool stuff so that is good. No need it sitting around here collecting dust.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @smine27: Yes and I hope I have some of that good stuff that folks want. You just never know.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @SusanDeppner: I think it would be fun to have a city-wide sale. Maybe our town can do that one year.

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      Michey LM 

      4 years ago

      You make everything look easy as you are so organized ... good tips... and have fun..

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I've never had one before but I love going to them. One can find some good stuff at yard sales.

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      teresamcabee-horton 

      4 years ago

      My dogs are cleaning out too! Jericho is selling his coat he wore as a baby. Aaron and Jericho both are selling dog bowls they were given when they stayed in a hotel at the beach.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We have a city-wide yard sale every year, but I generally shop instead of sell. :) Great how-to!

    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: I have really been doing some de-cluttering so hope I sell a bunch. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Brite-Ideas: We are looking forward to this one. It will be our first try at a neighborhood one but if it is successful maybe we can make it an annual event.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      street sales are a wonderful idea, we've had a few where a few neighbors got together - it's easier when then are a few of us - good tips

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      Joan4 

      4 years ago

      good ideas - and neighborhood yard sales are great fun for everybody - sellers and buyers alike!

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