7 Step to a Summer Yard Sale
Organize a Yard Sale to Declutter & Organize
Summer is coming to an end and after such a long break our homes usually beg for a big decluttering and organizing session.
The end of summer is also a great time to check what can go and what can stay, replenish the drawers and to rotate the warmer clothes out of storage areas.
Having a summer yard sale is a great way to declutter and to generate some extra cash for those “special” items the kids may be asking for. Here are some tips to help you organize a summer yard sale and in the process, declutter your home for the new season ahead.
Where to Start
Begin the process by going from room to room in the house and quickly listing the items you don’t want anymore. Think about clothing items that don’t fit or that you just don’t like. Household goods like that extra set of dishes or those pots and pans that Aunt Tilly gave you that you really didn’t want might sell really quickly for good prices in a yard sale.
Next, visit your kids’ rooms.
Do they have clothing they’ve outgrown that are still in decent shape? Maybe they’ve got toys they don’t play with anymore.
Children’s clothing and toys tend to sell really well, so you’ll definitely make a few extra dollars for school shopping on those items.
Next stop – the garage.
Have you been placing boxes of stuff out there that you don’t know what to do with? Perhaps you ought to go through the boxes and do a quick sort to get rid of the items you can live without.
A yard sale has almost no cost to it, just a bit of labor. Launder all clothing and make sure any household items or knick-knacks have been washed.
If you want to sell your items quickly, plus get top dollar for your back to school purchases, avoid displaying broken or dusty objects.
You might want to pay a few dollars for stick-on pricing tags or group items by price in different tables. If not, use a roll of masking tape to write your prices and place on the objects to be sold.
Getting the Word Out
If you advertise your yard sale in the local newspaper, you’ll most likely pay a small fee. Advertising can pay off, though, as avid “yard-sale shoppers” devote their weekends to driving from yard sale to yard sale advertised in the newspaper. Put it on Craigslist, too. In a well-trafficked area, you only need to put out a couple of signs directing people to your residence. Plan on having your yard sale over two days – Friday and Saturday are most recommended.
1. Do a walk-through of your home and list items you want to sell. Bring a laundry basket or bags to help you start collecting.
2. Check the garage. Sort through boxes, separating out the items to put in your yard sale.
3. Wash clothing and clean items to be sold.
4. Buy stick-on price tags or a roll of masking tape and price your items.
5. Advertise in your local paper and online at Craigslist if you like.
6. Put up signs in your neighborhood directing potential buyers to your home.
7. Use the profits from your yard sale for back to school purchases.
Having a summer yard sale will not only clean out your rooms and garage, it’ll earn you dollars for those back to school supplies and clothing that your kids need. Who knows, your yard sale profits may be all the money you need to prepare your kids to return to school!