5 Tips for Holding a Yard Sale

Selling what you no longer want or need is one way of bringing in a bit of extra cash, so long as you know what you’re in for. Yard Sales are a lot of work. If you want to give it a try here are my top 5 tips:

  1. Spread the word: If no one comes, you won’t be selling a thing. List your sale locally, both on line and in print.  Share the date with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.
  2. Price to sell: Remember people are looking for bargains. Group things together by price and have a colored sticker code. This beats having to print up or write up price tickets.
  3. Get a permit: Some towns require a yard sale permit.  You don’t want to have to pay a fine, if your town requires a permit, and you don’t have one. Check with your town hall before you plan a yard sale.
  4. Donate after the sale: Establish the rule that nothing from the sale goes back into the house or garage. Instead pick a donation location before the sale and set up a pick up date or drop off date.
  5. Have cash on hand: Make a trip to the bank before your sale so you’re prepared. Only accept cash as payment, and have plenty of change and singles to make for smoother transactions.
Janine Cavanaugh
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