We did it! We survived a yard sale, and we had so much fun. I totally understand one yard sale does not an expert make but here are ten things I learned at my yard this weekend that you should know if you are having a sale.
- You should have a yard sale. Seriously, you should. They are a lot of fun and you will get rid of SO much stuff you don’t need. It is very freeing to be rid of “stuff”. I am so happy when I look in closets, playrooms dressers and they are less crowded. Have one, you will love it.
- If your sale starts at 8, it really starts at 7. I was unprepared for this. Our neighborhood yard sale started at 8. At 7 when we opened the garage door and started to organize stuff people came. All of THE HUSBAND’S big tools were gone by 7:20, before the sale “started”.
- Pricing Doesn’t have to be hard. I know some people have little price tags on everything. This was the part of the sale that had me the most stressed. SO, I didn’t price everything. I put little tags on everything I wanted more than $1 for then made two big signs that said “EVERYTHING $1 ***unless marked” . It worked out so well! If the prep and pricing makes you crazy or is keeping you from having a sale, then try this.
- Be ready to deal. Be ready to make a deal. 🙂 People will ask what you will take or bundle things. I was surprised by this (but I have learned it is super common at yard sales so don’t be put off by it.) Some deals I took, some I countered and some I just said no to. Know ahead of time the lowest you will take on things, especially big items. Don’t worry if someone says nevermind, we had several people come back and buy things. It is also a good idea to tell people to check back at the end of the day. If you haven’t sold it and you are ready to be rid of it you can take their low price then.
- Display kids’ clothes by size, and don’t fold them. I had the kids clothes folded and neatly placed on tables. That lasted about two minutes. The tables were crazy so I ran inside and grabbed some laundry baskets and labeled them with sizes. 2T, 3T etc. Then I just pushed all those sized clothes in the baskets and set them on the table. At first I thought, is this tacky to just have baskets full of clothes. Then I thought if it works at Victoria’s Secret during their annual bra sale it will work here. 🙂 And it did. People know what size kids’ clothes they need and this made it easier for them to find and buy.
- Hang up adult clothes and more expensive kid clothes. I don’t know why it mattered but it did. Hanging our clothes made them sell much faster than when they were on tables.
- Save your grocery bags and give them to shoppers. No joke some shoppers came with their own bags, those were the experts. 🙂 About an hour into our sale I noticed some people were having a hard time carrying all their treasures around so I ran in and grabbed some plastic grocery bags that I keep in a drawer. It was a huge help and people shopped more/longer when they had bags.
- Involve your kids. This is a huge part of what made the sale so fun. The boys were involved in cleaning out toy room and their clothes. Today they had a concession stand. They gave away popcorn and sold water, cookies and brownies. They learned about cost of goods, profits, sales, greeting customers, making change and getting paid for a hard days work.
- People may steal. This is sad but true. Someone stole an expensive pair of THE HUSBAND’S cowboy boots. 🙁 We had several people asking about them, then both got distracted. When I looked up again the couple interested and the boots were gone. I asked THE HUSBAND how much he sold them for, he thought I had sold them. SO, try to keep an eye on expensive items or keep them close to you.
- Don’t be clingy. When you sale is over don’t be too clingy. Have a couple tubs that can be easily stored that you can load up with items that don’t sell. You can pull these out for your next sale. Consider donating the rest of your items. You don’t want to move it all back in to your house!
I would love to hear you thoughts and tips on yard sale selling or buying! I am hooked and will definitely do this again next year!