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Any hints on throwing one? I'm planning one for May. It'll be on a Friday and Saturday. DH has declared that it will <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">not</span></b> be a money making proposition. It is for getting rid of stuff.<br><br>
How do you word advertising?<br><br>
I am going to reclaim my basement for an indoor clothesline!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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We did this last year -- didn't make a huge amount of money, maybe $60, but it got rid of a lot of crap we didn't need hanging around any more. This is what I would offer as advice:<br><br>
Stick with your advertised times -- most areas have a dedicated group of yard salers who go around to all the yard sales they can find every weekend, and they tend to show early for the best finds, so if you say you're going to start at 8 a.m., have everything out and be ready to start at 8 a.m.<br><br>
If you can get another house or few on your street to have a yard sale at the same time, you can advertise that it's a multifamily or neighborhood yard sale -- you'll get more people that way.<br><br>
Signs on telephone poles seemed to work the best for us. Staples are mean, though -- workers have to climb those poles -- we used duct tape and took the signs down afterward.<br><br>
GREAT place for a lemonade stand if the kiddos want to make a little pocket money. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Have fun!
 

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We are having our second one within the next month or so. We made about 120$ at our last one and got rid of a ton of stuff we did not need/want anymore. I put all the clothes of a specific sex in boxes, divided household items based on their purpose, and we had some furniture we got rid of. We had most of our customers in the morning. We had the garage sale from 7-1 pm on a SAturday only. We advertised on the main streets surrounding our neighborhood with signs. Make sure you have enough change to start with. WE donated anything we did not sell afterwards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good luck
 

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Definitely make sure you can make change even at the beginning of the day.<br><br>
Don't "hold" items for anyone unless they pay a significant deposit (like half) especially if it's a large item that other people will want.<br><br>
Mark the price clearly, but be prepared to haggle. And/or, put up a sign that says, "buy ---- things, take -------- off the price"<br><br>
Have working batteries on hand in the right sizes for whatever is going to need them, and an extension cord that can connect to an outlet, so people can check the appliance out.<br><br>
Cut the prices toward the end of the day so you can sell stuff off.<br><br>
That's all I can think of right now.<br><br>
Oh yeah, you can donate or advertise on freecycle whatever doesn't sell.
 

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Also, depending on your area, it might not be worth doing a 2-day sale. Around here, if something doesn't sell in the first couple of hours, it just won't sell. I wouldn't want to waste 2 days doing what could get done in one morning!
 

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I am doing one in either May or June, before we move. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Last year, I did one adn made over $250. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I did it on Friday and Saturday, but at 11am on Saturday, I cut every price on every single thing in half. I don't do a whole lot of advertising, but living on base, it's relatively easy to show that you're having one. On Friday, I did very well, on Saturday, I made an additional $75 or so. I got rid of a ton, and I'll be putting even more stuff out this year. I planned to list most of it here on the tp first, and I may still do that, but lots of stuff is larger, a Little Tikes jungle gym, a double stroller, etc. So, anyway, make sure your prices are marked, be willing to deal and it can be both a money making thing *and* a clear out the house thing!
 

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I had a yard sale last year and made $250. I doubt I will ever have another one. Where I live you get nickle and dimed to death. You can be selling something for a nickel and they will come back with an offer of 2 cents.<br><br>
Now I donate it, list it here or on craigslist.
 

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I usually have two sales per year-one in spring and fall. I will be having one in May only this year since new babe is coming in June and I am super decluttering. I'm lucky because my next door neighbors and I have the sale together each year and bring in people. I usually make 600-700 per season and either keep left over stuff in the shed for a season and then donate. This is my pocket money and I have had things sell the 3rd time around!<br><br>
1. PRESENTATION!!!!! Be organized, especially with clothing. Try to make sure things are hung up, easy to see and this avoids customer mess up where they tear through your stuff don't buy and then the following customer don't buy or even attempt to look through the clothing. This does not apply to kids clothes as they will likely look through a messy box.<br><br>
Group items according to room/function: furniture, household, kitchen, bath, linens, tools. People will go striaght to the area and actually FIND what they didn't even need. It's easy to overlook items if they are all thrown together.<br><br>
2. MAKE GOOD CLEAR SIGNAGE. Also throw an ad in the paper, it's worth it.<br><br>
3. Make sure items are clean and if it's really junk, put it in a free box.<br><br>
4. Have enough change.<br><br>
5. Play music if possible.<br><br>
6. Have a comfortable seat for you to view the customers/items, but also so that you are not on top of them.<br><br>
7. Be cheerful, greet everyone who approaches.<br><br>
8. And thank them. I've had people come bake and buy more b/c I was so nice. Also have bags for stuff tehy buy-old grocery sacks, etc.<br><br>
9.Make sure you have the instructions with an item if possible-you will get more for it.<br><br>
10. Never underestimate what will sell if presented well-6 pack of pens, shampoo you used a few times, but is still almost full, etc.<br><br>
11. If it's hot cheap cookies and iced tea. We have people who come to ur sale b/c they had a good experience with us before.<br><br>
12. It's the little items that make you money.<br><br>
We have our sale from 8-noon but people come from 7:30-12:30. It's a bit of wokr but if you think about how many hours you put in-usually 8-10 altogether, I make at least $35 per hour.
 

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Jen has a great list! She forgot a very important one, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
13. Place large items near the end of driveway to attract attention (furniture, large toys, etc.)<br><br>
I've also had luck when I lived in a neighborhood that rarely had yardsales, to find another mom who lived in a better location and do it at her house.<br><br>
I would never hold an item without it fully being paid for (unless I knew the people or something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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Everyone has such great suggestions, I don't think I can offer many more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I do have one though... I put many of my items on folding tables, and more than once have been asked how much the tables were. Now I put little(index card size) signs on the table that say "table not for sale".<br><br>
Last year I hung up all the little girl dresses and coats I had, and they sold much better that way. Be prepared to give up the hangers they are on, so use cheap ones if you have them. The boy clothes (except dress shirts), it did not seem to matter if they were hung up, folded, or thrown in a heap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">, they sold the same!
 

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Just looking through archives and came upon this thread. I am getting excited for the upcoming spring yard sales.<br><br>
I am having one this year, which I know I'll regret. I'm doing it anyway. I have a few pieces of furniture and a massive stroller, so in the meantime I'm tossing all our decluttering items into bins to sell as well.<br><br>
Our hood has an annual sale, so I'll get tons of traffic and won't have to even post signs, which I love. The only problem is I feel guilty asking my SO to man the sale while I go shop (which is much more fun than selling).<br><br>
I have some questions, especially after reading what is in this thread and watching Clean Sweep, where they charge insane amounts for the items:<br><ul><li>How much do you make at sales?<br></li>
<li>How many large items (ie funiture) do you usually offer?<br></li>
<li>How much do you charge for kids' clothes? Furniture?<br></li>
<li>In what part of the country (or world) do you live?</li>
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Thanks!
 

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We had one last year and it went much better than I expected. We made about $220. We had it from 9-2 on Sat. and 11-2ish on Sunday.<br>
We didn't have too many big items, but just LOTS of stuff. I can't believe how much stuff we had. I had just been pulling stuff out of the house and storage shed by the bag and didn't see it all together until the weekend of the sale. Things from our wedding, junky toys, baby items that ppl handed down to us and we never used.<br>
We didn't advertise, although we might next time.<br>
I just put clothes in a box and labeled them 25 cents a piece. Mostly they were things that were supposed to be donated but DH ended up bringing them to the yard sale. Surprisingly, they went pretty quickly. I think some people can't resist a sale no matter what <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I don't know if I will do it again, although I could really use the money. It was just sort of stressful with the kids and DH rarely has a weekend off. If he has a Saturday off, we might try it again in May.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Stick with your advertised times -- most areas have a dedicated group of yard salers who go around to all the yard sales they can find every weekend, and they tend to show early for the best finds, so if you say you're going to start at 8 a.m., have everything out and be ready to start at 8 a.m.</div>
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I agree with this - we had an estate sale last year, we said 9am NO EARLYBIRDS. But we were ready by 8am and there were earlybirds who were hounding us, so we said fine come on. Those who came at 9 complained saying they stayed away since the ad said no earlybirds. Sigh!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Not that I ever use staples, but I've never seen a telephone worker climbing a pole, they all use cherry pickers. Do you really still have workers climbing poles in your area? I can't imagine the liability involved in a company having workers do that.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also, depending on your area, it might not be worth doing a 2-day sale. Around here, if something doesn't sell in the first couple of hours, it just won't sell. I wouldn't want to waste 2 days doing what could get done in one morning!</div>
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I agree with this. We did an estate sale for my uncle's crappier possessions - anything that wasn't worth ebaying and we made $800 the first day and like $50 the second. I would never do a second day again. I think most of the big yard salers figure a 2 day sale is picked over by day 2.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I had a yard sale last year and made $250. I doubt I will ever have another one. Where I live you get nickle and dimed to death. You can be selling something for a nickel and they will come back with an offer of 2 cents.</div>
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I usually pad my prices for this a little - if people tend to do this, then I charge a quarter min for something and I'm happy to accept most lower offers, knowing I started from a good place.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">2. MAKE GOOD CLEAR SIGNAGE. Also throw an ad in the paper, it's worth it.</div>
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I totally agree here. I have done much yard saling and I often can't get over the fact that I'll see a sign but can't figure out where the houses are.<br><br>
The key elements of good signage are something indicating its a yard sale, and an arrow. I like to use at least half a posterboard of a neon color and a thick black marker - it stands out really well. I just write G-Sale and a thick arrow, and sometimes a little smiley orsomething to help the person realize that all the ones with the smiley go together. The key is to make sure someone can read it from a car. A white piece of paper with a thin magic marker line is hard to read and as they pass they can't tell which way the arrow indicates. Make the signs match, especially if there are other yard sales going on, the signs all matching are key to helping the person find yours.<br><br>
It drives me so nuts to pass a small sign with no arrow and the address written in tiny print. Like I can read that in the 3 seconds as I go by and remember?!?<br><br>
The thing that has worked best for me is Craigslist. I put an ad in the paper, but I always do an in craiglist. In the craigslist ad I put everything I can remember that I have for sale. There are folks who are looking for very specific items you may have and they will be attracted to your sale first if they know for sure you have those items. I remember when I was looking mostly for kids stuff I would go through and map out the sales which specifically mentioned kids stuff, since I knew it wouldn't be a waste of my time.<br><br>
With my uncle's sale, I had folks come 25 miles because they were interested in the things I had to offer.
 

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I had my sale last year in May when everyone is excited about going to garage sales. I had it on 2 weekends because the 1st one was cold and rainy. I made $1800!!! I had lots of clothing and even some furniture. I had it at the same time as 2 neighbors. I plan to have another sale this May.<br><br>
I labeled and organized all the clothing and put signs above them on the wall. I didn't have too many people asking to make a deal. A lot of people came back multiple times.<br><br>
Oh and I listed on craigslist too.
 

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Last time, I went to the swap meet. It brough lots more traffic. I've also done a neighborhood garage sale and a single home garage sale. I advertised the location for that one (by neighborhood), but didn't give an address. I only put out signs when I was ready for people, although the neighbors came early (no problem with that).<br><br>
Now I can't do many garage sales. I like to sleep in...and my dh gets migraines from that "old book" moldy smell that sometimes haunts garage sales.
 

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It's also worth asking someone you know who has their own business, if they would like to handle the advertising costs in return for you giving out their business card/flyer/catalog or whatever to anyone who shows up.<br><br>
This is what I do with my clients.<br><br>
The other thing I'd ask (and maybe it just happens in my area) is please, don't <i>repurpose</i> a real estate Open House sign for your garage sale! Every year we lose $$$ worth of signs to people who snitch them for their garage sale signs. It's so frustrating.
 

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LOL. We used real estate signs for our last sale, but my parents are agents so they were our signs. So you as a real estate agent you offer to foot the bill for advertising if they give out your business card? I'd be interested in knowing more about how you do that (ask them to give one to everyone or just put them on a table) and whether you've gotten clients that way.
 

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I am not a big garage sailor. I know plenty of people who live for them and do them as well. My friend who does it annually stays up until like 1am the night before getting it ready and then has it. She pocket about $50 a day for doing it. I would rather donate and take the tax deduction or freecycle it.<br><br>
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There is a few resales in my area that do a consignment w the seller. If you want to sell at the sale, you pay an entrance fee like $5 or $10 and then price your own goods and drop them off. You keep 75% of what you sell and the resale takes 25%. The one I usually go to is twice a year- fall they do winter stuff and Spring they do Spring/summer. My favorite one is huge and mamas line up hours ahead of time. Another one I go to is next Friday night and then we all go out to dinner afterwards.<br>
Last time I got winter coats for lijke $2. One still had the tags on it from when the seller bought it.
 

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I'm already preparing for a yard sale this spring. I'm planning on doing it when a few of my neighbors do it in May and I have at least 1 or 2 friends that might join me at my house. We are done having babies so I'm going to be getting rid of the last of the baby stuff. We will be putting an ad in the local paper and hanging signs at major intersections near us. I've made anywhere from $30-$300 at a yardsale. One rule I do have for myself regarding yardsales is that once an item leave the house, it doesn't come back in. I bring it to goodwill.
 

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i love having yard sales but i don't really look at them as a money maker<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
just a chance to get some stuff outtta the house and maybe meet some people.<br><br>
an ad is worth the money though!
 
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