There are so many benefits to holding a yard sale, especially if you haven’t done one in years, if not decades. It helps unclutter your home and paves a way for you and your family to begin again. You have the opportunity to try the minimalist and/or sustainable lifestyle. It can be a great source of income and profit.
Whether you’re moving away or just need the extra money, there’s a lot to gain from holding a yard sale. Here are some surefire ways to ensure that yours is a smashing success:
Repair and refurbish what you can
It’s like flipping a house, but on a much smaller scale. While you can certainly get away with selling furniture pieces or appliances that are a bit older or no longer work, you might be able to sell them for so much more than when you first bought them if you repair or refurbish them first. If you have an antique that you inherited from the former generations in your family, consider refurbishing it so that it becomes more appealing to your buyers. Consider having its value appraised as well, so you can be sure that you’re not shortchanging it when you price it.
The other types of items you can repair and resell are appliances. If you have pre-loved heating and cooling units, refrigerators, smart TVs, or other appliances that need a minor repair, you will be doing the environment a favor if you consider having them repaired instead of letting them go to a landfill. Look for a reputable company that offers the high-quality appliance parts you need and partner with them in making these appliances like new again.
By going this route, you will surely attract the attention of buyers who value sustainability, ensuring the success of your yard sale.
Promote your yard sale online
If you are part of a Homeowners Association and you have a Facebook group or a chat group, create an engaging digital poster promoting your yard sale. Here are some graphic design pointers you need to consider when creating your poster:
- While your poster needs to be eye-catching and evoke fun, don’t forget to leave plenty of negative or white space. Making your poster look too cluttered might make the viewer feel like your rummage sale will be just as disorganized and messy.
- If you’re concerned about your privacy and safety, consider leaving out your address and just adding the date and time to the poster. You can add to the poster that they can send you a private message for the address, and you can reiterate it on the poster’s caption. Otherwise, if you feel like everyone in the group chat is safe and you know they’re all part of the neighborhood, you can just add your address to the actual poster. If they drive by your home, they will see the yard sale anyway.
- Make it simple and professional, but don’t hesitate to add a splash of color.
Set a price for everything
While it may seem more productive to just allow the neighbors to pick the item they’re interested in and haggle over the price, you need to consider a group of people who may be turned off by this: The introverts. Imagine you are someone who doesn’t have a lot of energy making small talk or communicating with strangers. You see a rummage sale, and you find an item you’re interested in. Somehow, it doesn’t have a price. If you don’t have the energy to mingle with strangers, chances are you would rather leave instead of asking about it.
Pricing everything will help buyers decide on the spot whether they want the item or not, eliminating the need for social interaction. If you think the prices are negotiable, you can say it on your poster or the banner during the sale.
Think outside the box (or the yard)
Don’t just confine yourself to selling everything from the comfort of your yard. If you truly want to get rid of these items and make a pretty penny off of them, consider going to platforms like Craigslist, eBay, and Half.com. You’d be surprised by how many people are looking for the books and DVDs you still have in your storage, and those people may not necessarily be in your neighborhood.\
A yard sale is a fast and effective way to get rid of your clutter while making a quick buck, especially as the warmer season approaches and your neighbors are more inclined to take a walk outside. Ensure your success by following these tips and pointers.