Having a Successful Yard Sale
As I mentioned HERE in my post about cute walking shoes, we are on a trip to New England, and just before our trip I planned a yard sale. In doing so, I hoped to kill two birds with one stone: Make some spending money for our trip, and clear some things out of our way.
The weekend before our trip, was the planned yard sale, so the weekend before THAT, we were in full preparation mode! We went down to one of our
storage rental houses and brought back two loads of items that we were ready to get rid of.
Then I started going through boxes that have been packed for years, which was a lot of hard work! But we ended up letting go of a lot of things that we just didn’t love any more.
Friday night before the sale on Saturday, I set up all the tables that would hold our goodies.
We got up early Saturday morning and put up all the signs that I had made. Making them all look alike makes it easier for people to follow to your location. I used 6 poster boards, cut in half, making 12 good size signs to hang on telephone poles in various prominent locations near our house. I also used 1 poster board cut into 1/4’s and used those to hang on NOTICE bulletin boards on the local stores. Advertising is KEY!
I also had been making posts on Facebook Marketplace, Facebook yardsale pages, and on mine and Mr. Menace’s personal Facebook pages all during the week. On these posts, I shared pictures of some of the items that would be for sale. This always help attract attention.
All the advertising paid off. We had a steady stream of shoppers all day long. I had set the closing time for 2 pm, but people kept coming while I was packing up and so I continued to sell. That WAS the objective after all….
AFTER THE SALE:
After all that salesman work he did, Mr. Menace needed a nap, so while he rested I went through what was left and made the KEEP or DONATE decision. I made a huge pile to donate and the keep pile was very small.
This is the donate pile loaded up and ready to drop off at the thrift store.
POST YARD SALE SALES:
While I was packing up, I listed the four items from my KEEP pile on Facebook marketplace. An inquiry came in immediately on these beautiful antique HAZEL dishes by SCIO. They sold immediately for double what I had been asking for at the yard sale.
By the next day I had several inquires on the antique Armoire. It sold to the fourth person, although she asked me to store it for her until her house closing at the end of this month.
I regretted having to sell this table. It really appeals to me and I’d love to use it, but a round table fits so much better in my skinny room. I was happy to sell it to a girl who thought it was perfect for the farmhouse look in her new home.
I only have one item left on FB Marketplace and I’ve had a couple of hits on it, but no sale yet. But its a small item and no problem to store.
Obviously, we had some big items to sell, but we ended up making right at $1000. This worked out perfectly. We were able to go on our vacation and eat expensive meals and go on some really cool adventures without dipping into our regular budget!
I can’t wait to share our trip with you, but in the mean time, HAVE A YARD SALE! 🙂