How to Plan a Successful Yard Sale
Self storage is great for keeping important belongings that you know you will need. What do you do with all those extra things you’ll never use again, books you’ll never read, silverware you’ve replaced, and more? If you’re like many Americans, you hold a yard sale!This tradition allows you to meet neighbors, clear out your home, and make a little money.
Initial PreparationGet together all the things you’re going to sell. To do this, go through your home with a box and fill it with all the things you want to get rid of. When that box is full, put it by the front door, and get another. Remember to look through closets, the garage, and if you have them, the attic and basement. Head over to your self storage unit and go through it as well! If you have a self storage inventory, that will make the job much easier. With your stock together, contact your town or city hall and find out if you need a yard sale permit. If so, follow their directions to obtain one. Plan your sale for the morning. People are more likely to show up between about six in the morning and noon. They can head over, purchase a few items, and get on with their day. A weekend yard sale—in other words, days when people have the morning off—tends to work best. In some areas, consider starting your sale just after morning church services on Sunday. Also, find out if you can put signs up on telephone poles.
Continuing PreparationA few days before the event, advertise it! Your local newspaper is still a decent place to advertise, but these days people tend to look for items and events online. Put your listing on sites like Craigslist, Yard Hopper, and Yard Sale Search. Ask friends to help! If you have a partner, spouse, or children, they can help. This can be a fun family event. Otherwise, call some local friends and offer to buy pizza for everyone when the sale is over.
Make sure you have enough tables and racks for items. If you can hang clothing, that works best. To price items, put a piece of masking tape on each and write the price on it in Sharpie.If you can, get cheap aprons with pockets for each person working the yard sale. You should each have about a roll each of quarters, dimes, and nickels, dollar bills, fives, and tens, for change, hidden in those pockets. When something sells, set the payment on a table beside you, give the change, then put the payment in one of the pockets. Know how much each person started with. Consider getting a credit card reader like Square. While common sense says to bring cash to a yard sale, some people may forget. Square allows you to take credit card payments on your smartphone or tablet. You can order a free reader from the website, or purchase one from an electronics store.