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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!