How To Choose A Date For Your Yard Sale… The Best Month, Day & Time For Garage Sales

single-family-yard-sale.jpg Should you have your garage sale in the spring, summer, winter, or fall?

Which months are best for yard sales?

Which days are the best?

What’s the best time to have a garage sale?

The answers to these questions largely depend on where you live.

Here’s the what you need to know before you plan your next yard sale…

 

Best Month For A Yard Sale

In warm weather climates, garage sales are popular year-round.

But this isn’t the case in states that experience colder temperatures during the winter months.

The best months for sales are: April, May, June and September.” — Geralin Thomas

In general, springtime yard sales are probably the most popular, especially early spring when shoppers have cabin fever and are itching to hit the streets in search of yard sale bargains!

After early spring garage sales, summertime yard sales are always a hit. End-of-the-summer garage sales do just about as well as early spring sales.

One thing’s for sure… Regardless of when you actually have your yard sale, you need to start preparing early!

Oh, and yard sales held at the beginning of the month may be a bit better than those held at the end of the month.

Try to schedule your sale near the 1st or the 15th of the month because those are paydays for a lot of shoppers.” — Geralin Thomas

 

Best Day For A Yard Sale

I’ve had yard sales on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays before. And in all parts of the country, too, including New York, Florida, Texas, Indiana, and Tennessee.

My own findings:

Fridays are so-so. They work best if your home is located on a well-traveled street in town. You’re likely to get some work traffic this way — both at lunchtime and after work.

Saturdays are without a doubt, the best. I generally have my yard sales on Saturdays only.

Sundays are rarely as profitable as Saturdays. However, Sundays usually attract the diehard yardsalers — the ones who are on a mission and typically looking for very specific items (…the ones who “do this every Sunday”).

But, unless you promote some very specific & hard-to-find items in your yard sale ad, chances are a Sunday yard sale will hardly be worth the time you spend sitting there waiting for people to arrive.

A few people will make a trip back to your yard sale on a Sunday to try to buy something that they thought was overpriced when they were there earlier.

Tip: Sundays are a tad more successful at the very start of the yard sale season (March/April… depends on where you live), because people who like to go to yard sales are so eager to start visiting yard sales again!

I’ve heard that people in California have much success holding garage sales on Fridays. They seem to have better luck with multi-day sales too. I’ve never had much success with either of those, but then again, I’ve never had a yard sale in California!

 

Best Time For A Yard Sale

The hours between 7AM and 11AM are the busiest, and the best judge of how successful your garage sale will be, overall.

Many people start their yard sale at 8AM, only to find a swarm of cars waiting eagerly for you to “open” around 7:15 AM! Unless you prepare for this ahead of time, you will always be a step behind. And, as a result, you’ll probably have a bunch of hastily prepared displays and a disorganized yard sale space overall. Most likely, you will end up spending half your morning working around people, while trying organize your space. Talk about frustrating!

Just know this: As long as people are aware of the fact that you’re having a yard sale (via classified ad or yard sign), then you will undoubtedly get people who are eager to be the first to see your bargains! This is especially true when you’ve posted a classified ad that highlights some unique or hard-to-find items.

I usually wrap up my yard sales around 4pm. But without a doubt, I could usually close shop around 1PM and do just as well. So, if you’re a really busy person, and you want to maximize the use of your time on a Saturday and/or a Sunday, I’d recommend shutting down at 1PM and being happy with your results. The rest of the afternoon is generally a major let-down.

Signs your sale should stay open longer.

 

Final Tips For Choosing A Date For Your Yard Sale

April 21st was a very popular day for garage sales in my town of Franklin, Tennessee this year. There were so many neighborhood subdivisions that held their community sales on the exact same day that our neighborhood had chosen.

How do I know?… Because the people who visited my garage sale kept saying how “exhausted” they were from having been to so many neighborhood yard sales already!

I’m not sure if that was good — or bad — for my yard sale results. I do know that people who had been to a lot of sales before mine were pretty tuckered out by noon.

On the other hand, if they started at mine and went to the others later, then I probably made out better — because I had a pretty good selection of high-quality stuff.

Should you have a multi-family yard sale or a private garage sale?

The point: Picking a “popular” yard sale date that coincides with other neighborhoods and sales in your area could help you, or hurt you. It’s hard to say for sure.

Too many sales within close proximity of one another all on the same day could have the effect of saturating the area with yardsalers — making your little ‘ol sale less meaningful to those in the area, since there are so many more to choose from.

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Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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