4 Tips for Holding a Successful Yard Sale

We had a party this past weekend and in order to ready our entertaining area (aka living/family room), my husband moved several bins of toys, a few ride-on toys, an easel, and some childrens' chairs outside onto our back deck temporarily. City living means we have no basement in which to store everything. Just before the guests arrived, I caught a glimpse of the deck filled with all those colorful goodies and instantly wanted to have a yard sale!

We were inspired by the beautiful yard sale Yvonne of Yvestown blog held recently. Here are our top tips for holding a successful yard sale:

  1. Lay things out nicely. Instead of piling things up in a big heap, treat it as though you are a retail store having a sidewalk sale. Use your merchandising and display talent. People like to have a nice shopping experience. They'll buy more.
  2. Have clear signage. If you're firm on prices for certain things, mark them with a price so people will know. If you insist on selling things as a set, let people know this.
  3. Don't sell broken items. Don't sell broken items that aren't fixable or that people won't know are broken until they get it home. Bad karma.
  4. Make it an event. It's a chance to catch up with neighbors and meet new people in the area. Plus the more crowded your yard sale, the more likely people will stop to peruse. Serve lemonade!

Image: Yvestown Blog