But how in the world do you start?
First, here are the Top 10 Reasons To Have A Garage Sale:
#1 To earn extra money
#2 To make room for new stuff
#3 To prepare for a move
#4 Because it’s fun
#5 To teach your kids about work
#6 To turn the “junk room” into a ___ room
#7 Because your teen doesn’t play with Strawberry Shortcake anymore
#8 To do some Spring cleaning
#9 It’s Step 5 in the “Packrats Anonymous 12-Step Program”
#10 To achieve family goals
Getting Ready For A Yard Sale
I generally take about 2 months to leisurely put together everything I want to sell in my next yard sale.
During this time, I’m also doing a bit of spring cleaning while purging all items we no longer wear or use.
Planning and preparation is the key to a successful yard sale — in my opinion.
Here’s how to do it…
Gather Up All Your Yard Sale Items
The familiar adage is, if you haven’t used it for a year, get rid of it… If you are renting a storage locker to keep your overflow possessions, why? Do you really need all that stuff? Why pay to store it when you could make some spare cash instead? — J.E. Davidson
As you collect items that you want to sell, place them in large garbage bags or boxes and store them in a seldom-used room in your house, or inside the garage.
If you are able to group items by “category” or “theme”, it will be much easier to price the items and set them out for display at your yard sale.
If You’ve Had A Yard Sale Before…
And if you want to do it even better the next time, then take the time to jot down some notes, and make a point to save any items that you can reuse at future yard sales.
For example, I’ve probably hosted a dozen or so yard sales in my lifetime, and I have one large Rubbermaid container that contains all my “necessities”. So, whenever it’s time to have another yard sale, I just drag out that one bin and everything I need is right there.
|black sharpie markers||flags, pennants, balloons|
|blue painter’s tape||staple gun|
|coin box||waist aprons with pockets|
|leftover posterboard||any old, leftover signs|
|clear see-thru page protectors||notepad of all my notes & a pen|
|mr. clean magic erasers|
Prepare Your Individual Items For Sale
This year, I found a lifesaver… it’s called the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!
Those little white cubes worked “magic” for cleaning things up a bit. For the yardsale, they worked best on hardbound books, removing soot from candle jars & candle holders, and cleaning out all the tiny nooks & crannies on plastic things like coolers, chairs, handles, lids, etc.
Also helpful were Lysol Cleaning Wipes. I used those to wipe-down practically everything I was selling.
As a result, many of the items I was selling looked much newer than they actually were!
Decide What You’re Going To Do With The Dog
Although you may have the friendliest dog in the world, it’s best to keep them away from your yard sale. Some people are afraid of dogs or are allergic. The day of your yard sale may be the day that your friendly dog, unaccustomed to the excitement of all the people, may decide to take a chunk out of the toddler that pulls on his tail. (Or jump up on customer and get mud on a customer’s pants – but hey, I swear it wasn’t my fault – that customer shouldn’t have come to my yardsale until I was officially opened!) It’s also for the dog’s safety as well, since cars will be coming and going from your driveway.
At first, I gave my (very shy) dog room to roam back & forth from the kitchen to the garage — up to a certain point where I’d strategically placed tables to “block off” the back of the garage. But after awhile, I decided this was a bit confusing to him, so I let him hang out in the house alone. If your dog isn’t particularly comfortable entertaining himself in the house alone, you may want to try a crate or kennel instead. (My dog would’ve done just as well inside his crate.)
How To Throw A Successful Yard Sale