5 Tips for Planning a Successful Yard Sale

Stroll around just about any neighborhood in the summer, and you’re bound to come across a yard sale. You may even be thinking about having one yourself to clear out the clutter (and maybe even generate a little cash).

Here are some tips on how to make your yard sale a success.

Make it a group effort

Want to make sure people show up? Inviting friends and neighbors to sell their own items can increase attendance, according to Apartment Therapy. Plus, you’ll get help setting up the sale and tearing it down.

Make sure the price is right

Apartment Therapy recommends selling items for about 10 percent of their original value. Bargain hunters will try to haggle over prices, so you may want to set them a bit higher than what you’re expecting to make, according to Good Housekeeping. Parade suggests that no matter what, make sure to put price tags on absolutely everything.

Get the word out

Advertising your yard sale with signs around the neighborhood is a good start, but in the digital age, you need to go a step further. Apartment Therapy recommends listing your sale on a site like Yard Sale Search, while Good Housekeeping suggests Craigslist, where you can post photos of the merchandise.

Show off the goods

Presentation is everything. Make sure you set up your items so they’re visually appealing, according to a tip from Yahoo! Voices. Parade also suggests cleaning your items to make sure they appear cared-for. And if you’re selling electronics, Apartment Therapy says you’ll want to have a power source on hand to show that the gear still works.

Serve food and drinks

The longer people linger at your yard sale, the more likely they are to buy something. Why not make yours more inviting by serving cold drinks or snacks? Yahoo! Voices points out that this may be a fun job for your kids – and they could even wind up making a buck or two.

Are you planning a yard sale? What steps are you taking to ensure it’s successful?

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