The Perfect Yard Sale

Designer Caitlin Creer shares ideas to pull off the perfect yard sale.

Having your own yard sale is a lot of work. If you are going to go to all that trouble, you’ll want to make sure that you’ll actually have people showing up to buy your goods.

Here are a few tips to ensure that your yard sale will be the hit of the neighborhood:

1. Get the word out

Make sure that your friends, family, and neighbors know what is going on. They may have items to contribute, or want to come browse your hand me downs. You could also post something your blog of Facebook and ask people to contact you for the address.

Strategically placed street signs are always a good idea to bring the early morning yard salers in your direction, and don’t overlook the value of craigslist or your local classifieds. Make sure to use strategic words such as brand names of any items that your may be selling and your neighborhood.

2. Get organized

Make sure that your items are clearly labeled and organized by category. Many people know exactly what they are looking for when they go to a yard sale so make sure they can find it.

Pre-priced stickers are readily available at office supply stores. It may take you a week or so to really get ready for the big event, so give yourself enough time.

3. Carefully price your items

Many people will shy away from your items if they feel they are overpriced. Be reasonable about what the used goods are worth.

4. Be friendly

Make your sale a place where people feel welcome and want to hang around. The longer they look, the more likely they are to find something they may want to buy.

5. Start Early

You know what they say about the early bird. Start early and be ready when those die hards come looking. They’re usually the ones that are serious about spending and looking for the best stuff

6. Have Change

The whole reason you are doing this is to make money right? Make sure you have change for any buyers that may need it.

7. Arrange for pick up

When all is said and done, you are probably still going to have some items left over. If you plan ahead you can arrange for a local charity or church group to come get your items for donation. That way you can spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Check out Caitlin’s blog full of design ideas, at

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