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How to Organize the Best Yard Sale Ever and Make Extra Cash

Updated on December 30, 2015

Use Eye Catching Signs for Maximum Exposure

Don't forget to take down neighborhood signs after your yard sale is over.
Don't forget to take down neighborhood signs after your yard sale is over.

Dollhouse Furniture Sells Well at Yard Sales

A month before your yard sale, start organizing items in an extra bedroom or in the garage so you can be ready to make money at your yard sale.
A month before your yard sale, start organizing items in an extra bedroom or in the garage so you can be ready to make money at your yard sale.

Make Easy Cash at Your Yard Sale

1. Keep prices low. Just get it sold. Price items to move quickly. Shoppers love bargains and may buy more if you keep prices reasonable.

2. Mark all items with stickers/signs. No need to buy fancy stickers for this. Masking tape and a Sharpie are perfect tools for posting prices. Double check to make sure buyers will be able to find price tags. If an item is not marked, a potential buyer may be reluctant to ask the price. Don't lose out on sales because you were hasty in marking items.

3. Have a $1 table. Everyone loves a bargain. Put up a big sign to attract attention to the bargain table. Even better than a $1 table is a free box. People love to get freebies. Put items that you would normally donate to Goodwill in the box. This alone will generate such excitement that will !ead to great sales.

4. Create an interesting display. String up a clothesline and hang clothing or vintage aprons on it. Drape old costume jewelry from the rungs of a brightly painted ladder. Just because you're having a yard sale doesn't mean items have to be laid flat on tables. Get creative.

5. Put an eye-catching piece out front so it will attract attention. I love to dress my mannequin in a great outfit. I clearly mark the mannequin "Not For Sale" but sell the outfit. Once that outfits sells, redress the mannequin.

6. Recruit friends and family to help. Have other seller provide their own tables and help post signs. Promote the sale as a Neighborhood Yard Sale or Church Yard Sale. The more goods for sale, the better you'll do. Create an outdoor party atmosphere. I highly recommend a covered canopy to give you shade if you will be outside in a sunny spot such as a driveway or parking lot.

7. Make sure all merchandise is clean and in working order. If you wouldn't buy it, don't sell it. Be honest with buyers. Offer to let a buyer plug in coffeemakers and electronics so they can see that these items work.

8. Have a box of small bills and change ready. Keep this out of sight but accessible to you. A small cigar box works well for a moneybox. Turn an old wooden apple crate around to hide your stash.

9. Keep a positive attitude...even when sales are slow. Make sure your energy is up and greet customers with a smile and a friendly hello. Excitement is super contagious. A grumpy seller's negative energy will affect sales. Just think of all the money you're making.

10. Hide unsightly packing materials (like boxes with crumpled newspaper) out of sight. Drape the tables with fabric remnants or an old quilt or sheet. Stash boxes below the table, where they are not visible. Have plenty of boxes and grocery bags on hand to offer buyers.

11. Treat your booth/space/driveway like a mobile store. Use lightweight shelves to display pottery and collectibles. Keep it simple but classy.

12. Make it fun. Have a friendly competition to see who can sell the most goods. Don't count up your money till the end of the day. Then start planning your next event to make even more easy extra cash.

The $5 Table Gets These Shorts Sold in No Time

If you sell on EBay and have unsold merchandise a yard sale can be a great way to clean out inventory while making easy extra cash.
If you sell on EBay and have unsold merchandise a yard sale can be a great way to clean out inventory while making easy extra cash.

Make Easy Extra Cash with a Neighborhood Garage Sale

  • If it's hot outside, sell cold drinks to keep customers refreshed and increase sales.
  • Limit the hours of your sale to save your sanity. Post the hours on your signage. 7 am to noon is ideal for a yard sale.
  • Balloons and colorful signage that is easy to read will attract attention.
  • Post your garage sale listing on Craigslist and don't forget to mention it on Facebook. Free advertising is great. If you are selling furniture and large items, Craigslist postings are great ways to reel in buyers. Take lots of pictures so buyers will know exactly what they are getting. Write a high quality item description highlighting important details. Take accurate measurements.

Garage Sale Profits and Yard Sale Tips

Super Sale Tips for Yard Sale Success

  1. Advertise online for free. Post on local sites and don't forget Craigslist.
  2. Don't schedule your yard sale on a holiday weekend like 4th of July or Labor Day unless you live on a busy road that gets lots of traffic
  3. Keep your pets in the back yard/house during the sale.
  4. Hang clothing on cheap wire hangers. That way the buyer can keep the hanger. Save your good plastic/wood/padded ones for personal use.
  5. Have fun!!!

How to Organize a Garage Sale

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Sounds like a recipe for a very successful yard sale. And a yard sale my wife would love to put on her Saturday morning list.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Heather Walton 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I've also put out a box or basket with a FREE sign to find a new home for jewelry design supplies I wasn't using, fabric scraps and such. The FREE box is always a huge hit because people love free stuff!!!

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      Norah Casey 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Great Hub! I was thinking of having a yard sale sometime soon. It is amazing how much extra stuff one can accumulate!

      I wouldn't have thought to include a bargain table, but now that I think of it, that is usually where I go first at a yard sale.

      Welcome to HubPages :)

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