4 Savvy Tips to Help You Plan a Successful End Of Summer Yard Sale
Now that the end of summer is approaching, it’s the perfect time for a yard sale! Every year, I host one and every year, it’s always a success. Here are some tips for you to plan an end of summer yard sale so yours can be a success too!
Every year we make hundreds of extra dollars hosting a yard sale. I always plan things out to the best of my abilities, but you always have to be prepared for the unexpected too. Yard sales require more preparation and careful planning and knowing exactly what you want to sell. It’s the perfect way to declutter your home too!
Approximately 35.1 million Americans move every year, and whether you’ll soon be one of them or you simply want to declutter your home and your mind, now’s a better time than ever to get started by planning a yard sale. Though it’s true that National Garage Sale Day (yeah, that’s a thing) has passed, the weather is still perfect and picturesque for planning and executing a garage sale to make some extra cash for the coming season. Without further ado, here are just a few tips to help you plan a successful end-of-summer yard sale.
Advertise Early (and Properly)
Obviously, you need to advertise your garage sale sufficiently. About 71% of people look at the messages on roadside advertising, making traditional signage a great choice. Make sure your signs and the information on them are large enough. But don’t neglect digital resources either; there are plenty of websites dedicated to serving as a platform for these types of events and household item sales.
Craigslist, for example, is a great option, as is Facebook Marketplace. You’ll also be able to elaborate and be more thorough about which items will be available at your yard sale, which can bring in more customers.
Team Up With Neighbors
If you’re on good terms with your neighbors, why not see if they want to join in the yard sale game? The more households contributing items for sale, the better chance you’ll have at attracting customers, making more sales, and turning those extra belongings into much-needed cash and closet space. Of course, if you’re taking this route, make sure you give your neighbors plenty of time to plan and gather their belongings.
Don’t Forget Big-Ticket Items
If you’re wondering whether a yard sale is an ideal time to try and sell a big-ticket item like a car, boat, or RV, rest assured: these items are certain to attract more customers. In fact, there were 13.28 million people living in households that owned a boat within the U.S. between 2013 and 2017, and when priced reasonably, a big-ticket item like a speedboat can bring in some much-needed extra income from the right customer– not to mention, clear up some space in your garage or driveway.
Just don’t forget to prepare any big-ticket items properly so they’re ready for instant transport. This usually means emptying out the gas and other fluids. The global specialty gases market is forecast to surpass $14 billion by 2026, but these vehicles don’t typically require specialty gases: instead, your boat or RV’s asking price should be based on its age and number of miles, among other things.
If you have questions about preparing a big-ticket item for a sale, there are countless resources online to help.
Stage Items Properly
Finally, when you’ve gathered your inventory, make sure the items are in acceptable physical shape. Try to get into the mindset of a legitimate business trying to sell merchandise. Which items would be placed in the windows of your storefront? If you have the time, you can actually get rather advanced with this technique.
“Shoppers prefer to move through stores counter-clockwise. To get your customers to do the same, you can set up a table with free lemonade to the right, or display good items (but probably not the most expensive), or colorful, items to the right. You may want to place your most expensive/desirable items in the back of the garage, on the wall. As long as your customers can see these items from the garage door, they will walk past all your other items first,” writes Lisa Aberle on GetRichSlowly.
So there you have it — the ultimate guide to planning a successful end-of-summer yard sale. Time to get a move on!
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