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Here are 10 Tips to Sell More Stuff at Your Yard Sale
1. Say Hello to Everyone
Simple. I know. But do you know how many times I have been to a yard sale and someone is in and out of the house putting more things out? Not making a single contact and then the only thing they do say is when something is in your hand. “Everything on that table is $2.”
When you are greeted you are already open to the possibilities that await. You feel at ease walking around. It makes for a pleasant shopping experience.
2. Make your prices clear
My generation ( Millennial)s do not want to take the extra time to ask for a price on an item we may or may not need. Be sure everything is marked. Signs are easily placed. The best spots to hang signs are at Eye Level if possible.
3. Be open to negotiations
When it comes to garage sales you never know the amount of traffic you will receive. You want to capitalize on the people you did draw in. If someone wants to make an offer that you think is just way too low, counter offer them. If they say no take their offer! Most of the time you are better off giving in to the price they offered then letting them walk away and you pack up your items to store in storage again.
4. You must advertise
Put signs up around your neighborhood that is BIG AND BOLD. Use those Facebook Groups! There are so many groups where you can post your garage sale listings! You can even sell stuff on your personal page and have it as an ad and share it with multiple groups. There are many places in today’s world that you can advertise your yard sale for free.
5. Price your clothes cheap
Baby and Kids clothes you can price a bit higher but competition is fierce these days with the virtual garage sales online. You have to price clothes cheap because it is a gamble for someone to buy clothing that they cannot try on. Please, baby clothes shouldn’t be more than 50¢.
5. The bigger the item the bigger the price tag
When you have a large item say a dining room table and chairs the little neon stickers you were using on your other items won’t work on the table. Take an 8×10 piece of paper and write the price and any info about the piece. $100 firm.
6. Price your items one-third to half the price of what you paid
Seriously. You have to let go of the fact that you bought it brand new. You have much competition these days. You want to make some money off it and sell it that day. Price it using an open mind and be the shopper, not the seller.
7. Strategize your pieces
Men and women shop yard sales together. Many women will want to stop and browse through. Men on the other hand.. may not. Put any tools, lawn equipment etc. at the front of your sale and lure them in!
8. Keep your tables looking full
Just like in retail it is important to keep your set up looking full! When clothing items sell or they start to look al ruffled through straighten them up. The presentation is key.
9. Music sets the mood
Sometimes it may feel awkward asking your spouse what they think of an item and the seller is just sitting staring. Music is inviting and sets a nice tone.
10. Relax and Enjoy
You can meet some wonderful people. If you don’t sell everything don’t get discouraged. Try again or drop off at a homeless shelter. Or if you are someone who enjoys an awesome find on the curb put a couple items out at your curb. You can bless someone else!