Having a Successful Yard Sale

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.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

PREPARATION:

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.

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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.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

Friday night before the sale on Saturday, I set up all the tables that would hold our goodies.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

ADVERTISING:

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!

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

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.

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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.

Thrift Store donation, yard sale

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.

Hazel by SCIO

Hazel by SCIO

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.

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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.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

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! 🙂

 

 

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22 comments

  1. Lisa Hollowell says:

    Wow! Now that was a successful yard sale! I know it was a ton of work. But what a pay off and how much more you could enjoy your trip. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      It was SO nice to feel free to spend money and not worry about whether I should or shouldn’t! You are right, it WAS a ton a work, but worth it. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Grammy! No, I didn’t. I bought those at the thrift store, or at yard sales. I kept one that I really love and got rid of the rest because I am doing a bit of an update to my living room. 🙂

  2. Victoria says:

    I love yard sales. Last year my sisters and I went to Charleston So. Carolina and we spent two days shopping yard and estate sales. So much fun. You did at your sale.

    • gwingal says:

      I love shopping yard sales, and its always better with a friend! Estate sales are the bomb! Thanks for visiting Victoria. 🙂

  3. Loretta says:

    I used to love yard sales. But living in Santa Barbara has changed that. Having one here is so strange….no one shows up! In Oregon people would be there before 7am. Also, the ones here seems to be just clothes. 🙁

  4. Capt Jill says:

    Thats a great idea about posting all over Facebook. I’ve been wanting to do a yard sale for a while, but keep putting it off due to all the work it will entail. Dragging everything out in the yard and then back in again. I will follow some of your suggestions and maybe won’t have to bring so much back inside.

  5. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Our entire community is having a yard sale this Saturday. We’re only allowed one per year, and I hope I sell tons of stuff, and what we don’t sell we’ll donate because the trucks will be coming through the neighborhood at noon when the sale is over! Yours was so successful, WOW!

    • gwingal says:

      Oh I would LOVE a neighbor yard sale!! I’ve always thought it would be cool to live in a neighborhood that had block parties and 4th of July parades and outdoor potlucks…. Is your neighborhood like that???? Oh so cool. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Yard Sales are fun aren’t they Mary?! I have always had a yard sale just before moving, and here you are having one after moving?? I can’t wait to hear about yours. I wonder if they are as popular in NY as they are here. 🙂

  6. Florence says:

    This is great Nikki! Great post & congrats for selling so much! I love all your tips for advertising on FB. I learned some new tips I haven’t heard before. Pinning. Wish I’d seen your sale since we live in the same neck of the woods!

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