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How to Have a Profitable Yard Sale

Updated on July 23, 2013

Got Extra Stuff in the Garage?

These items are useful---just not to me!
These items are useful---just not to me!

What is in the garage?

Got stuff? (As in an accumulation of excess junk over the years?!) Want cash and a fun summertime activity?

Combine unloading excess baggage you have accumulated with improving your bank account by having a yard sale! It is time to de-clutter profitably. Planning this event will help maximize its success. Consider the following tips:

Coordinate it with neighbors

Garage sale aficionados love attending neighborhood sales or multi-family sales. There are few people that could not part with excess detritus. Involving others in the neighborhood will increase the desirability to go to your sale.

Coordinate your own sale

It is difficult for one person to attend a yard sale without breaks. Try to get a friend involved so you are able to take a bathroom break. Sadly, thieves like to frequent unattended yard sales.

Obtain plenty of change

You don’t want to loose that sale because you cannot provide change. A cash box is handy or using a fanny pack with plenty of change is desirable.

Prepare your goods

It is important to price all your goods. Stickers work for individual items or a box can be arranged with a price on it, for instance $3 for each CD in the box.

Organize like things together for an attractive display on folding tables if possible. Garage sale clients will pay more if the display is attractive and no bending is required. Clothes are best presented on portable clothing rods if you have them.


Advertising in a local paper will generate business or there is free yard sale advertising on Craigslist. Be sure to specify when the sale will open as early birds can disrupt your preparation.

You will also want to display large signs at your local intersections to attract people driving by that love yard sales. Put these out right before the sale begins or put the sign up the night before with the correct date and time and address(es).

Conduct your sale

Hopefully all you pre-planning has paid off and the weather is good. Have a blast conducting your sale and may you prosper while de-cluttering your life!

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    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 5 years ago from Aurora

      It IS a lot of work. And sometimes parking can be a problem.

    • John  Lakewood profile image

      John Lakewood 5 years ago from Lakewood, CO

      I suppose I should do this, but it does take a lot of time. If I only have a few things to get rid of, I call a charity.

    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 6 years ago from Aurora

      Yes, they can be profitable. One must start early and have advertized, of course.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great topic-no sense in accumulating the stuff and just dropping it to the curb. I've had many yard sales and they were well worth the trouble in setting up. Nice tips here.

    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 6 years ago from Aurora

      Thanks Nell Rose,

      I had a change box from the sale which I raided whenever needing money for about a year!

    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 6 years ago from Aurora

      Thanks Dee aka Nonna,

      I absolutly do not understand why we accummulate as we do. ;-)

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I understand about having enough change, I fell into that trap myself! I totally forgot, but the next time I did it, I learned my lesson! great ideas, bookmarked for future reference, thanks nell

    • Dee aka Nonna profile image

      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      Yard sales are indeed a good way to turn "stuff" into cash and depending on what is being offered it can turn into quite a bit of cash. It is a lot of work...I like your idea of coordinating it with neighbors or friends, etc.