Teddy Bears to Tea Pots... and Everything in BetweenI know that I have begun more than one post on this blog with a sunrise photo taken just outside my door, and here is another one. However, the morning of our recent yard sale dawned so very beautifully that it was impossible to resist snapping a shot of it as I hastened to get ready for the big event. Since this was before the November time change, and the sale began at 8 a.m., I was literally out before daylight moving items out of the garage and on to the wide expanse of our driveway. Though we have a large garage, I determined that it would be better if the sale itself were outdoors. That way I didn't have to worry about over eager customers exploring Larry's tool shelves or bottle-necking in a cramped area.
I decided to have a sale several months earlier than it actually occurred. Though I had a fair amount of stuff, it wasn't really enough to warrant an individual sale. I checked in with the family, and several of them wanted to participate. Things were sort of on hold for awhile, giving everyone time to go through things and decide what they wanted to sell. And, this being Florida, waiting for the worst of the summer heat to abate. I attended a few sales during the summer, but not many. Having sweat roll off in sheets beneath a merciless sun on someone's driveway is no pastime for the less than dedicated bargain hunter. The lead time was a good thing for me. It gave me the chance to get to the cleaning and organizing of items for the sale. In my view, preparation is crucial to a successful yard sale.
I did a bit of research, using Pinterest, as I so often do, to find blogs and websites with useful information. My search yielded all sorts of valuable advice and great tips for making the sale a success. I just wanted to pass along what I found particularly useful, and what I learned from this sale.
I placed an ad in a local paper and we also advertised on Craigslist and Garage Sale Finder (I found this neat site on a Pinterest Board). Since one daughter had a lot of baby items, we noted that in the advertisements. I also went to the bank and got a stack of $1 and $5 bills. I figured it was better to have more than I needed than to run short. A surprising number of people do not carry small bills, especially since many get their cash from ATMs. More than one blog I looked at emphasized the need for bright, eye catching signs, and since we are in a rural area, I purchased several sheets of florescent poster board. My youngest daughter did the lettering and arrows. The success of our signs was brought home on sale day when numerous people inquired about a sale nearby. I had seen their signs when I put up my own. They were small, cream colored with lettering impossible to read from a moving vehicle.
Something I saw mentioned on more than one blog, and that I will pass along here, is to have an ice chest of at least water to sell to thirsty shoppers. I had a variety of soft drinks also, and it went over very well. I sold water for 75 cents and drinks for a $1. I wouldn't have a sale without it again. I actually sold drinks to a number of people who were not even purchasing items from the sale.
There you have it. Sale done. Garage and house cleaner and less cluttered, and I made a couple of hundred dollars in the process. Altogether, we netted about $700 for the two days. Not a fortune, but satisfying. If you are planning a sale—good luck. I hope I have helped.