A Fun & Successful Garage/Yard Sale!

A Fun & Successful Garage/Yard Sale!

  1. Garage Sale, Yard Sale, OrganizationGet the word out. Publicity is key, especially if you hold the sale in an area with little traffic. Signs posted everywhere (without becoming a nuisance!) can include; on your lawn and the lawns of other participants, local grocery stores, groups where you participate (PTA, MOPS, networking groups, church.), etc. Street signage should be easily readable. Many are in such small print, they are missed by drivers. A huge arrow pointing toward the location is best.
  2. Display is important. Clothes in piles are discouraging, except for a few who love digging in. Many will pass up just such a pile. Hanging nicer clothing items on a rack will encourage lookers and buyers.
  3. Box or display like items together on tables: glassware, toys, household & kitchen items, books, etc.
  4. Identify each seller’s items with different color stickers or tags, making dividing the profits easier during the day and at the end of the sale.
  5. Set up a “Cashier or Payment” table with a money box with small bills and coins for change. Make a list of the sellers names at the top of each column. As an item is sold the price is listed under their name, making it easy for payment at the day’s end. Either someone volunteers to act as cashier for the event, or sellers take shifts. Also decide ahead of time if you will take checks or cash only. Post a sign on the table.
  6. About one hour before the end of the sale day, post a large sign at the curb or edge of the yard, reading, “All items half price” Or “One bag for $1.00.” Have plastic or paper grocery bags available.
  7. When the sale closes, bag up all the leftover items and have a plan for donating the items. Someone volunteers to drop them off at the charity location or have a pre-planned day for your favorite charity to pick them up.
  8. Total the profits for each seller and enjoy your less-cluttered environment.
Authored by: Ann Gambrell

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country. Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. View Ann's Profile on LinkedIn

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