How to Organize a Neighborhood Yard Sale
Gather Your Neighbors for a 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
- Old Campaign SignsPricing Stickers
- Paint and Markers
Successful Communication is the Key to Any Successful Event
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
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.
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
Displaying your items is important
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.