How to Host a Yard Sale

Posted on June 8, 2015 in Tips

Are you tripping over yourself looking for some free space to cram all your old Back Street Boys CDs, that ever growing collection of holiday sweaters, or the heaps of pots and pans that have been stacking up in your kitchen? If you’re like most people, clearing out all that clutter can be a dull, and sometimes daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Why not say goodbye to you inner packrat with a yard sale? It’s a great way to get rid of a lot of the stuff you no longer use, and make some cash at the same time.

Check out our tips on how to host a successful yard sale—your home and your wallet will thank you!

Gather Your Stuff

Now that you’re in declutter mode, it’s time to riffle through your closets, cupboards, and drawers, as well as your basement and garage for some great yard sale gems. This process can take a while, so getting a decluttering partner to help out will save you tons of time—and the help is well worth a share of the yard sale profits.

Deciding what to get rid of can be challenging. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used the item(s) within the last year (and don’t seriously plan to use them any time soon), your unused books, clothing, videos, and cookware are probably good candidates for your yard sale.

Pick a Day

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time when planning your yard sale—3 weeks to prepare and advertise should do the trick. Weekends normally garner the most traffic, but if there is an upcoming holiday that you think could provide the perfect window of opportunity, then go for it. You’ll also want to choose a time of year when the weather is not ice cold or blazing hot. This might be a bit of a stretch, but do your best to have an idea of the weather forecast ahead of time. Nothing keeps item hunters indoors and kills a yard sale faster than a downpour of rain.

Spread the Word

The key to a successful yard sale (or any sale for that matter) is getting the word out. Posting signs around your neighbourhood is a great way to let people know about your up-and-coming yard sale. You can put fliers up at local coffee shops, grocery stores, community centres, and your choice of many reliable telephone poles. Plus, Craigslist and social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram can be really effective options to help spread the word, especially if you think you have some “hot” items people would travel from a fair distance to snatch up.

Have a Plan for Leftover Items

After you’ve sold what you can, it is important to know what to do with your unsold merchandise. The last thing you want to do is to toss whatever is leftover back into your garage, basement, or attic. If your items are in good condition, you can always donate or recycle them. Hiring a professional junk removal company to get rid of your junk is a great idea. Your unwanted items will be picked up and properly recycled and donated, ensuring they don’t end up in landfills.

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