I too had a yard sale. I combined forces with my friend CJ who had lots and lots of baby stuff to unload while I had lots of household things to peddle. I learned some things and am happy to share with those of you thinking about selling your stuff on your lawn.
Location, location, location. We had the first weekend of the sale in CJ’s garage. She lives on a highway but not one with as much traffic as we had hoped. We both sold some things and she was able to get rid of several big items that would have been a bear to move. Our second and third weekends we relocated to a much busier spot and sold far more little things. I think if we had been in a urban setting or had been part of a street or neighborhood sale we would have sold even more.
Advertising. Local papers and Craigslist are just the start. Don’t forget to annoy your Facebook friends with updates. If you can post flyers in daycares or other places that will bring in people who might want to buy your stuff, hang them up! Since this is a one time event, you can not do enough advertising. Be as specific as you can. If you have baby clothing from newborn to 3T, say that. You never know who is looking for a particular item and might be reading your ad.
Signage. Make them big, make the bright, make sure they can be seen by people going the speed limit. I made some arrows that really helped. I went to Dollar Tree and bought 2 pieces of foam board. One I sliced down the middle the long way. The other I measured and cut in to a square (measure the short side and then trim off the long side to make it match). Then cut the square in to 2 triangles and tape the triangle on the front of the long piece. Poof! Arrow. I taped them on metal lawn sign holders but they could be stapled to long sticks as well. People commented on them as helpful. They also held up really well in two weekends of rain.
Price. As I as pricing stuff in my basement I kept wondering what it was worth. Then it dawned on me that I need to price things not based on what they were worth but based on how much I wanted them to be gone.
What to do with the leftovers. Even if you have the best stuff in the world and it’s all marked 50 cents, you will have stuff left over. Make a plan for what you will do with it. God Bless CJ’s parents for taking our leftovers for their church rummage sale. I came home with 4 coffee cups, 2 sheet sets and a water bottle. YIPPEE!
Selling other people’s stuff. If you have a sale you are going to be asked to sell “Just a couple things for me” by about 10 people. Decide ahead of time how you will answer that question.
Two good ideas for getting stuff sold. One shopper told me that she was at a sale where all kids clothes were a quarter. While that doesn’t put much money in your pocket, it SURE makes packing up easy! My sister-in-law stopped by a sale where all books were ten cents. She loaded up. Here again, easy packing!
After all was said and done, I made $5 an hour. If I am not much richer, I am wiser. I plan to do a better job of not buying stuff I don’t need. And when all is said and done, spending three weekends with a friend is priceless.