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Organizing a yard sale

Never done it before, what works, what doesn't. Have a lot of various things, kids toys, stuffed animals, weight bench, computer stuff, curtains, gun cabinet, odds and ends...

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:27 PM on Jun. 3, 2010 in Shopping

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  • My family has SOOO many yard sales it's ridiculous...low prices and news paper advertisement seem to work best. sometimes they have paper bags and tell people a filled bag is worth X amount. Also advertising your big items will draw in people. Good Luck!

    Answer by OBImomma at 8:43 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Excellent ideas, especially the paper bag idea. I have some stuff in mind for that already. Thank you!

    Answer by teamplayer at 8:46 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • price low, you will sell more and faster.
    i washed and folded clothes, bundled items together with ribbon, and labeled and priced everything. i sold a lot of baby items, and i made sure to label things that had stains too.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 9:27 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Love the ribbon idea too, I have some of that to get rid of. This really has me thinking now... :) Keep them coming.

    Answer by teamplayer at 9:36 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Expect to be talked down. Don't try and charge too much for things. People will know the difference, and they will leave. Offer cold sodas for 25 cents or 50 cents or something too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:28 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • for bigger ticket items (like your weight bench) figure out what you would be willing to sell it for and then price it 10 or 15 dollars more. that way when people haggle you can bring it down to the price you are willing to let it go for but still look like you are giving them a better deal.

    and also put the bigger more expensive stuff in view but more towards the back so that people have to walk past everything else to go see it.

    and try and group things together by what they are, like put all the kids stuff in one area, kitchen stuff together in another, that way if people are looking for particular things they don't have to wander around all over the place trying to find stuff.

    the ones who are serious yard-sale shoppers usually go out early in the morning so try to start your sale no later than 8 am, 7/730 is even better, or at least be setting up by that time because you will get drop-bys early.

    Answer by Angelgirl25 at 12:31 PM on Jun. 6, 2010

  • also most newspapers will run a Garage Sale map in the friday or saturday paper where they will put free ads of all the sales going on that weekend. check into that, make sure to advertise the things you are selling that are unique (like the weight bench, kids stuff, etc) and big ticket items that people will come out to try and get.

    i once drove over an hour for a yard sale because they advertised that they were selling outdoor play equipment for children (trampoline, sandbox, swingset, etc)

    Answer by Angelgirl25 at 12:34 PM on Jun. 6, 2010

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