How to put on a stellar yard sale

24 November, 2014

You know what they say: acceptance is the first step toward change. In our opinion, it's also the first step of garage organization. There is no overcoming an excess of clutter, no matter how fantastic your garage organization systems may be. When it comes to making the most of your space, a yard sale is a great place to begin. The sale itself may seem intuitive, but we scoured the advice from garage sellers past in search of tips and tricks that might maximize your earnings and minimize leftover junk.

Sign up your friends
It's standard psychology: the more stuff you have, the more people will come. Hosting a group garage sale is a great way to have fun with your friends and attract a flock of customers from all over town.

Purge everything
Be totally ruthless when you're clearing out your home and garage. The more stuff you get off your wall shelves, garage cabinets and closet floors, the more organized and decorative your home will be after the sale is said and done.

Come up with great ads
Half the battle of a garage sale is getting people there. Marketing is a great way to instigate a little traffic, especially if it's posted on every major intersection as well as Craigslist and Facebook. The more creative and interesting your ad is, the better, so don't be afraid to make it goofy and compelling.

Think like a retailer
To get the most out of your yard sale, think of it more like a store. Put merchandise up on tables, hang clothing on real racks and spend a little extra time making the price tags fun. Putting the best stuff in your driveway will encourage people driving by to stop in, while offering grocery bags as shopping totes will likely compel customers to purchase more than one item. Use signs to mark off specific sections, like clothing, toys or furniture.

It's also a good idea to keep some extra change on hand for the folks that come in with little in their pockets. It will discourage excess price haggling and make your transactions must quicker.

Make it fun
Getting the crowd energized at a yard sale is just like pumping them up for a party. Blast some good tunes, chat with your neighbors and have a few frosty (or toasty, depending on the season) beverages on hand.

Sell low
While this may seem counterintuitive if you're trying to make some good cash, it will encourage people to buy a higher quantity of items, ultimately spending more money overall. If your main goal is clear out your junk as possible, this is a great way to get stuff to fly off the shelves.

Garage sale shoppers will often be willing to pay more than you think, so it doesn't hurt to start off the bargaining by asking them what they'd be willing to pay.

Announce the end time
When it's almost time to set up shop, post another ad on Craigslist or Facebook, letting people know when the end time is and that everything will be free at that point. This ensures that you're not left with anything clogging up valuable garage storage after the sale is over.