How to Organize a Yard Sale and Clear the Clutter

organizing a yard saleDo you have a lot of clutter that you won’t let go because you paid too much for it? If you have unused items in your home taking up space, it is considered clutter. Giving items away that are in good shape can be hard to donate, so consider having a yard sale instead. This is the time of year when yard sales, garage sales, and flea markets are in full swing, so it’s the perfect weather to host your own yard or garage sale.

Preparing for a yard sale will be time consuming, but your efforts may be well rewarded with lots of extra cash! Be prepared and begin planning your yard sale as early as possible. The more organized your sale is, the more sales you will receive. Here are a few tips for hosting a successful yard sale:

• Encourage your neighborhood to have a multi-family or community yard sale. These events bring in the largest crowds. You can also split the advertising cost with your neighbors.
• Avoid scheduling your sale on a Friday or Sunday, unless it’s an indoor estate sale. The best day for yard sales are on Saturday mornings.
• Have a back-up plan ready in case it rains. You should mention a rain date in your ad, or plan to hold the sale in a garage or covered porch.
• Post signs everywhere, even if you have advertised in your local newspaper. You will get more ******* from impulse buyers.
• Go to the bank the day before and get lots of change and small bills.
• Don’t price your items too high. Yard sale ******** are looking for bargains, so prices need be under $10 for most items, excluding furniture. Visit a few sales in your area to get an idea of how to price items.
• Be ready to start selling items before the scheduled time. Die-hard yard sale shoppers will be arriving 30 minutes to 1 hour before the scheduled time!

On the day of the sale, especially if it’s a hot day, consider having some cold beverages available for shoppers. If you have kids old enough to help, they could have a lemonade stand or sell some baked goods. Hungry and thirsty yard sale shoppers will appreciate it!

Finally, welcome all ******** and play some easy listening background music! Shoppers will stay longer and will be more apt to spend money! Near the end of the sale, mark items at ½ price for a quick sale. The less you have left, the less you will have to deal with after the sale. Before the sale is over, have a plan to load up your car or truck and take it to the nearest donation center. Make a pact with the rest of your household that whatever is left must go!

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About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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2 Responses to How to Organize a Yard Sale and Clear the Clutter

  1. Ellen Delap says:

    Love the idea of adding music! We know that all the retail stores use this as a way to help sales. Lots of wonderful ideas to keep pricing simple too!

  2. The idea of selling beverages and baked goodies sounds good. It’ll attract more yard sale shoppers..
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