Planning a Successful Garage Sale

The weekend is upon us and if there’s one thing people love on fall weekends, it’s early morning yard sales. If you’re planning a yard sale this weekend, here are some tips to make sure you can be as successful as possible. Getting rid of your extra stuff and making a little extra cash can be a great way to spend a Saturday. So, how do you make sure that your yard sale is successful? These tips may be exactly what you need to plan and execute a yard sale that is actually successful.

First, you will want to make sure that you know how you are going to define success. Do you want to get rid of as much stuff as possible? Are you in it to make as much money off of your stuff as possible? If it is more important to you to make money, you will need to put a little more effort into the planning and execution of your yard sale than if you are just looking to get rid of as much clutter as possible.

Second, you will need to choose what day is going to work the best for your yard sale. Many people do not give much thought to the date, but if you take some time to consider the date you will find that there are some dates that are going to work better than others. You don’t want to plan your yard sale for a day when there are other local events going on. Competing with local events in the community may diminish the number of people that would have come to your yard sale. You also want to make sure that you keep a pay schedule in mind. Many people get paid toward the end of the month and planning your yard sale at the end of the month can ensure that people have extra cash to spend at your yard sale.

Third, it is important that you have enough time to get everything together that you want to sell. There are a lot of people that do not realize how much time it will take to organize everything that they need to display to sell. Getting everything ready a week beforehand and ensuring everything is perfectly ready to go the night before is a great way to avoid a last minute rush to get everything taken care of.

Fourth, make sure that you have enough stuff out to attract customers. People will simply keep driving if they drive by your garage sale and do not see enough stuff out. Make sure that you have plenty of things out and that you arrange them so they look good from the street. This way, you can be sure that people are attracted to your sale and stop to look at what you are selling.

Fifth, you will want to advertise your sale well. Make sure that everyone knows about your big ticket items and don’t be afraid to make your ads big. Take out a classified ad in the newspaper and advertise online. This way, you can get a lot of people out to your sale. You will also want to put signs up around your neighborhood and even around your town. When you are putting signs up it is important that you make sure the print is large and legible. Some people try to put too much information on their signs, make sure you keep the signs basic. Tell people there’s a garage sale and use an arrow to direct them.

Make sure that people can see where the next sign is and that they are able to easily follow the arrows. This way, you will be able to bring people in to your sale by allowing them to follow the signs that you have posted. When you post your signs make sure that you are allowed to post a sign and that you do not damage the area by posting the sign.

Organizing your merchandise ahead of time will also be beneficial. You want to make sure that similar items are grouped together. By grouping these items together, your customers won’t have to do as much rummaging. Without excessive rummaging, you will be able to keep your things neat and tidy throughout the day.

Finally, make sure that your prices are clear. You want each customer to know how much each item is without having to ask you. By making the prices clear, you can be sure that you are not spending time answering questions when your garage sale starts to get busy. By following these tips you can be sure that your garage sale is as successful as possible.