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How to organize a yard sale

By Edited May 22, 2016 2 2

Yard sales have become more popular with the dwindling economy, but they are often not taken as seriously as they should. Most of the items sold at a yard sale are no longer needed and a price is often not negotiated properly. The amount of customers greatly depends on your success as well.

Things You Will Need

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Step 1

Make colorful signs. Your signs should be placed at the ends of each road leading to your road. Your signs should be very bright orange or yellow with big black letters. You should also use exclamation points in your posters to make potential customers take a second look.

Step 2

Advertise online or in the classifieds. You can advertise your yard sale on Craigslist and other sites for free. You can also go online to put in a classified ad related to yard sales. Marketing is key to your success. The more customers you have, the higher your chances of selling every item at the price you deserve.

Step 3

Offer drinks. You should put free drinks on your signs to attract extra customers. It's usually hot outside and people are always uncomfortable. You want the customer to stay there as long as possible. The longer they stay, the more they pay. So, it would be profitable to make cool drinks to keep the customers comfortable and looking around.

Step 4

Have all items organized. You should always keep your more expensive items toward you in-case of thieves. You should also have the price on each item tagged except for the ones you are not sure of, and you should also have each item listed in your inventory to keep track of sales.

Step 5

Don't be afraid to negotiate. If a customer is willing to negotiate, the worst thing they could say is no. So, you should never be afraid to say no to a customer, because they are willing to say it to you. Don't get caught up in the moment and when you know you can get an extra dollar or two out of the deal. One sale may not equate to much, but even small numbers eventually add up.

Step 6

Clean and fix defective items. If you have an item that you no longer use but can't sell, try to fix it up and sell it. If you can't fix the item, consider selling it for parts. Other items should be cleaned and fresh batteries put in electronics so they are able to be tested on the spot.

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Comments

Jan 16, 2011 12:14pm
kims3003
very well thought out and written article with helpful info. nice work
Mar 6, 2011 4:59pm
Fact_Finder
TY, both my parents grew up doing yard sells.
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