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Having Fun with Your Yard Sale While Making Profits

8 Apr

Having Fun with Your Yard Sale While Making Profits

If you have a lot of things at home that are no longer useful, but you don’t want them to go straight to the trash, what you need to do is have a yard sale where you can dispose of items while making a profit.

Many people host yard sales to clear out the inside of their homes and generate some extra money.  On the other hand, people go to yard sales to enjoy having the opportunity to purchase usable items at a cheaper price. It is a win-win situation for both you and your potential buyers.

But, can a yard sale be fun as well? Of course! A fun yard sale encourages more sales, and you may even be able to have your friends and family help you.

Here are a few tips on how you can make your yard sale more fun:

  • Plan a creative display. Don’t just pull out a folding table and put your display on top. Be more creative by putting on a colorful table cloth and adding artistic price tags to each items. You may also want to sort your sale items in a way that is visually appealing.
  • Create advertisements. Days before your grand yard sale, create colorful posters to give away to people. You should also look into getting permission to put up a few posters within your community.
  • Add some music. Install speakers within your yard sale and put on some good music. This will let people know that something fun is going on within your yard. Just remember not to make your music too loud because you want to attract people, not turn them away.
  • Give fun directions. Create creative directions to your yard sale. Make a poster and add a few taglines that will cause people to stop and take notice.
  • Make it a yard party, not just a yard sale. Talk to some of your friends and family about hanging out with you throughout your yard sale, selling your items, and even selling theirs as well as a thank you gesture.   If you have a few items to sell, encourage neighbors to join in and have a huge yard party that shoppers cannot resist.
  • Add a theme. Create a good theme for your yard sale like a birthday party with party hats, balloons and a piñata. Or, how about a cowboy theme where everyone working the event wears cowboy hats and boots? Any theme will do as long as everyone involved joins in on the fun.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


Garage Sale Tips: How To Run A Successful Yard Sale

23 Apr

Spring cleaning is in season! With lots of things to organize and clean, you may be left with several boxes of unused things that may clutter space in your attic or garage. Throwing them out would be an impractical idea unless they are already beyond repair. What better way to get rid of this still-useful junk than to have a yard sale? Set up a make-shift store in your front yard, have friends over and earn extra money from your unwanted goods.

Throwing a garage sale also requires the right strategies in order to be successful. It is sometimes not enough to pull out some tables, set up the things you want to sell and wait for your customers. You might get a few buys each day but would you rather have more customers overall in just one day? Of course! So, gather up all your garage-sale gear and follow these tips for a more successful yard sale:

  • Create some extra entertainment. While you do a garage sale, have a lemonade stand too. Add in some hotdogs on sticks, corndogs and popcorn to offer more options for your potential buyers. Decorate with balloons and play some lively music.
  • Promote. Put up some advertisements like colorful signs that guide your buyers towards your front yard or have a kid ride a bike with a small board that promotes your garage sale. Hand out pamphlets days before your garage sale.
  • Make your “store” more inviting. Potential buyers are often intimidated by dark garages. So, set up your garage sale to where it is convenient to browse. Also make sure to plan your presentation like classifying your things on separate tables and placing huge cardboard labels for every category.
  • Be accommodating. Good customer service is always a key ingredient to a successful business. Extend your help to potential buyers. Ask what they are looking for and offer them recommendations. Most importantly, always talk to them with a smile, whether they buy something or not.
  • Price reasonably. Remember, buyers would expect a discounted price given that items at garage sales are second-hand goods. Do not price an item with the same price as you had bought it years ago. Try to slash off at least 50%. But, don’t price too cheap. Provide allowances so you can allow your buyers to negotiate.
  • Bring out things that are still useful like toys, collections, working appliances and even homemade items. People who normally buy at yard sales tend to look for items that are still very functional.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent