Are you planning on doing your first-yard sale soon? 

Yard sales are all the rage for a reason: they’re cheap, easy, and fun. That said, there are some steps you have to take to make them run. If you want to make the most of your weekend, you’ll need to think through your setup in advance.

Here’s a guide on how to hold a successful yard sale.

Pick a Good Day and Time for Your Sale

When picking a date for your yard sale, select one with a good forecast. Weather can have a major impact on sales success. Consider running your sale at least twice if you have enough items, giving people opportunities to attend on days with better weather.

Before having a successful yard sale, it is important to make sure you have enough space to store items to be used during the sale. Covered storage units are a great way to ensure that items are not only out of the way, but also protected from inclement weather.

Advertise in the Local Newspaper or Flyers

Advertising in the local newspaper and distributing flyers are two great ways to spread the word about your yard sale.

For the newspaper advertisement, include the address, date, and time of the sale, any features of the sale (like giving the first 25 people a free tote bag), and describe the items for sale.

Supplying flyers is also effective—include the same information as in the ad and a bright and eye-catching image of your yard sale.

Be Friendly and Make Them Feel Welcome

Be friendly and make them feel welcome. Have an abundant supply of warm smiles and pleasant conversation on hand. Keep the atmosphere fun and encouraging. Give a friendly greeting to shoppers as they enter. Reassure them you’re willing to negotiate on the prices of items if they make an offer.

Have Change and a Credit Card Reader Ready

One of the key elements to having a successful yard sale or holding a garage sale is being prepared for a variety of payment methods. This means having small coins, paper currency, and even a credit card reader if you can get one. To ensure that everyone who approaches your sale can purchase items, consider having a variety of prices that cater to a variety of customers. 

Encourage and Make Deals

One of the best ways to draw customers and increase the chances of sales is to encourage them to make deals and bundle items. You can do this by setting prices low and being willing to lower them. Having items that go together can also be beneficial.

Thank Them and Offer a Discount Coupon

If you want to hold a successful yard sale, you will want to thank your customers for their support and offer them a discount coupon for their next purchase. After your customers have made their purchase, take the time to express your gratitude for their support and offer them a discount coupon or something similar. You could print off coupons offering a percentage of their purchase the next time they visit your sale or another discount similar to that. 

A Guide to a Successful Yard Sale

Yard sales are a great way to make some extra income and clear up your home. With some planning and preparation, you can have a successful sale. Remember to advertise price items and bring plenty of change. Now it’s your turn to go and have a successful yard sale!

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