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Updated on July 22, 2010

Yard Sale?

Yes, I said Yard Sale. But not just any yard sale. Once upon a time there was a single mother/grandmother forced to stay home to babysit while her grown daughter went out to work, and she herself was raising her own school age children.

It was a Wednesday and her daughter would not be paid until Friday... She was almost out of diapers for the baby and desperately out of money. So as her children got ready for school and her daughter ready for work she took the coffee table and playpen outside and started carting out anything she could think of to sell.

Mind you there were no signs posted this was done on the fly, literally. They took out all of their matching lamps and only kept mismatched. Limiting themselves to one lamp per room that had no overhead lighting gave her three matched pairs, at $10.00 a pair. She sold clothes the baby had outgrown for $.25 each piece or 5 for $1.00. By noon she was done and had over $50.00. Not bad for no planning.

The point is she created a job for herself that allowed her to supplement their income. Wed thru Fri. Yard Sale! Only three days, Saturday and Sunday (After church) She replenished their stock by stopping at other yard sales and purchasing what they had been unable to sell by the end of the day. Monday and Tuesday she would scout the roadside for cast offs that might be repairable and therefore free merchandise. Sometimes a chair just needs recovered or a new leg: or that cast-off lamp just needs a new cord. That vacuum just needs a good cleaning and it will work fine.

Within a week or two you will find repeat customers and word of mouth business makes the job more profitable. Also, people started to place orders "I need comforters, I have company coming" or "I collect old Avon bottles" When she would get requests she would look for those things on the weekend and either call the person with the location, or offer to pick up the item for a finders fee. Nice work Grandma!

Now for the Weekenders

 I also had a neighbor who ran a weekend yard sale at the end of each month. He was similar to the other in that his was consistent, and his merchandise was free or nearly free. People would even give him stuff to sell! literally give him furniture so that he could profit. Because of his consistency he would often give things away himself to his customers, such as toys or games for their childrn when they stopped by to chack out his sale. Because of his generosity and consistency people would drive by every weekend just to see if he was open for business.

Looking at roadside cast-offs used to be called "Garbage Picking" when I was a kid. Now it is a business. If you think I am kidding, search "One man's trahs is another man's treasure" There are people who have made a business of picking up your 'Junk' and turning it into a profit.

Good Luck, Now forget the lottery and go make some instant cash!

As Requested, Some tips for a Successful Sale

Okay. biggest and best yard sale tips, (or why mine never worked).

  1. You must get up early and post signs at the 4 corners of your nearby intersections. I recommend making re-usable signs. Put the arrow on after you get there and mark the back of sign with location so you know where it goes next time. Repeat at the next corners.The farther away you place signs, and the more you put up, the more traffic you will attract.
  2. Do not be discouraged or encouraged by your first day! Keep at it.
  3. Place something large at the back of the yard sale, so they have to pass by everything to get to it, and possibly have to bring help to pick it up. A dresser, or curio cabinet will do
  4. Treat it like a business. Do not get so desperate as to give things away when it's early
  5. Don't put your best of the best out the first day. Hold back a few items for tomorrow. Some people will come back to see what else you have, you don't want to hear them telling everyone, "Oh it's just the same stuff they didn't sell last time."
  6. The more the merrier. Pull together with others, have a larger sale. Remember, some people won't stop if it doesn't look like you have much, Spread it out to look like more, if you don't have more.
  7. Be organized. Books on a table will sell better than in a box. DVDs Tapes, Records, games too
  8. Think of it as a bazaar. If there is a lovely scarf hanging over a hangar, no one will see it, but if it is swaying in the breeze like a flag, from the edge of the rack, then they feel it, and notice the clothes as well. Try to imagine you are driving by, what would catch your eye and make you stop? What would you buy?

Finally, have fun with it. If your main sale item is music, play some! If it is movies, run a cord and a small TV. Put on a video from Disney if you are trying to sell collectible Disney Tapes. Think outside the box and you will come up with more ideas. Visit other yard sales that do well and copy their techniques. People love to be asked for help, if someone says it isn't much of a sale, ask what you can do to make it better. Often your worst grouse will turn out a new found friend when asked for advice.

Helping Mothers and Others

If you would like to earn tangible residual income each month within a year, please contact me. You will be making a commitment to help others.

If you need help with anything from coping to writing please feel free to contact me as well. I do not charge for my knowledge. Just tired of seeing everyone taking advantage of others. Contact me (Faybe Bay) via HubPages through the link at the above right.

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    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Wow, now I could use a Car Boot sale! We aren't allowed to have a yard sale in my community. I have to haul everything somewhere, and pay. Some Flea Markets do have a freebie if it's all "garage sale" goods though.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile image


      8 years ago

      I think this is a very good thing that people are able to do in America. It doesn´t happen here in England but I know a lot of people would welcome it. We do have "car boot sales" that are set up at weekends but you have to pay a fee. The idea is to sell unwanted goods out of the back of your car. It is possible to get good stuff too. People buy things just to sell.

      A good hub.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      The first most important tip is to put something large and highly visible at the back of the yard sale. I will send you an e-mail.

    • IdeaMorphist profile image


      8 years ago from Chicagoland

      I have a friend that was quite unsuccessful with her garage sale. Let me know if you post a hub with any hints about making them profitable so I can share it with her!

    • Iamsam profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the information


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