Preparing your home to sell is enough. You may be fretting about the decluttering aspect of selling and what to do with your stuff.
After all, no one wants to throw out items, sentimental or not, which have been so lovingly stored in your home for the past 20 +years.
Well, here’s your chance to do the unthinkable-organize a yard sale! You may be thinking that this may be worse than pulling a tooth but have no fear… it’s not nearly as bad as you may think. Here’s a chance to make a few bucks instead of throwing it all into the dumpster.
Breaking it down into tasks will help make this a doable venture.
- Set a date: Yard sales are typically on Saturdays or Sundays with a start time of 8am; antique and flea market dealers are out on the prowl quite early trying to score the best items. Quit time can be as early as 12pm but most end between 1pm and 2pm.
- Set a Rain date: If possible, plan your rain date on Sunday. Avoid pushing it to the following week.
- Make signs legible: Be sure your signs are legible. Purchase large sized bright yellow poster board using a black sharpie and place within a two-mile radius.
- Internet Advertising: Most people look for yard sales on local sites. It’s usually free and will reach the audience you are banking on to show up and buy. Consider using social media to announce your yard sale.
- Categorize items: Separate all the items by category in easy to reach boxes. Clothing, such as pants, dresses and suits are best hung on a rolling garment rack.
- Classify each box: Make it as easy as possible for both you and the shopper and allocate boxes by type. As follows:
- Hats, gloves, scarves
- Shoes, boots, athletic shoes
- Sheets, towels
- Blankets, comforters
- Decorative pillows, curtains
- Athletic wear and equipment
Pricing: Simplify! Although you may feel one item has more value than another, the buyer will not see it that way.
- Make one price per category. Perhaps 2 FOR or buy 3 get the 4th FREE.
- Make legible signs with pricing for each category.
Remember: The goal is to purge your stuff!
Selling Jewelry: Going through your drawers could very well turn up tables’ worth of inventory.
- Pricing: Price per category. This will alleviate the stress of deciding the value of each piece.
- Displaying: If you have jewelry holders, best to use those. Otherwise, containerize them as best as possible.
- Consigning: More valuable pieces should not be put on the table for sale- take it to the local consignment shop.
Selling Furniture: Be realistic if you have furniture to sell. If it’s tattered-toss it. If it’s salvageable-sell it.
- Exhibiting furniture: You do not need to move your furniture to the curb. Just put a few eye- catching pieces at the edge of the driveway, displaying the remaining pieces by the garage or towards the front of the house. This will bring buyers onto your property to see what else you have to sell.
Final tips to a successful yard sale.
- Price right. Let it go. That’s why it’s on your driveway.
- Have plenty of change.
- Guard your moneybox.
- Keep all items outside. Do not bring someone into your home to see an item. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people and may have ulterior motives.
Now go and make some money!!!