1- Pick the right date. Consider having your sale near a common payday and avoid doing it during a holiday weekend.
2- Shop your house for items to sell, walk through and get rid of anything you dont like anymore.
3- Give yourself at least two weeks before the sale to pull and clean all the items.
4- Arrange like items together. Pick a spot in your house and organize things according to function.. kitchen, clothing, books, etc.
5- Tag them. Price them. If you have an interesting idea about how to use an item put it on it too.
6-Gear up. Have a calculator, batteries, extension cord, measuring tape... be prepared.
7- Grab attention. Make your signs big and easy to read, put balloons on them.
8- Following local ordinances post signs in your neighborhood.
9- Find other ways to advertise. Post online and in local newspapers.
10- Get an extra set of hands.. this is a job for at least two people.
11- Make carry out easy. Have bags and boxes ready.
12- Have change. A day or so before get small bills and coins.
13- Have a $1 basket (or box) near checkout area.
14- Display with care. Hang clothes, group items like in the stores, place large eye catching items close to the road, cover tables with colorful tablecloths (plastic and inexpensive), put toys and baby items at the back of the sale, use vertical space and put things at eye level with small boxes.
15- Remember to smile. If you are in a good mood, it will show and people will enjoy going through your things, they will be happy to buy what you are selling and you will get to know more people from your neighborhood :)
Do you like going to yard sales?
Have you done one?