Posted August 4 2010, 2:23 AM PDT by Windermere Guest Author

Yard Sale Success

Posted in Selling, Community, and Living by Windermere Guest Author

Yard sale season has arrived! Many people shy away from the idea of having a yard sale, but do you truly need that broken down accordion or the 80’s styled prom dress? A yard sale is a great way to get out with the old and make room for the new. Here are some tips to help make your yard sale a success …

1. If you haven’t used it in more than a year you most likely won’t use it in the next year. Sell it.

 2. Get the community involved. Contact your neighbors and coordinate having one large neighborhood sale on the same day. This will give consumers a greater incentive to come.

  • Helpful Hint: Have each participating household pitch in a few bucks for directional signs or an advertisement in the local paper.

 3. Get your whole family involved. Set up a lemonade stand or have a small bake sale for your kids to run.


 4. Promote yourself through your favorite social networking site … for free.

  •  Create a facebook event page and invite all your friends

  •  Tweet about it. Create a fun Twitter hashtag and offer a prize to those who Tweet about your sale.

 5. Offer an incentive. Give away a free grab-bag to your tenth customer.


 6. Price slightly higher than you’re willing to sell that way, there is room for negotiation.

 7. After your sale is over, do not, I repeat, DO NOT put the leftovers back in your house, garage, or storage. Immediately donate them to your local thrift store, so there is no chance of procrastination or keeping things you do not need.

 We would love to hear your tips when it comes to yard sale success!



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  • I posted my last yard sale on Craiglist. Most of the shoppers found my yard sale through Craiglists and were looking for the specific items I listed in the ad. It also brought in a more hard core yard sale shopper so be prepared to haggle. The other thing I learned is that most of the buying happens in the first 20 minutes and the last hour. Experienced yard sale shoppers know these are the opportunities for the best selection and biggest discounts.

    Posted August 13 2010, 3:00 AM by Justin Waskow

  • Good gosh NO! PUHLEEZE do not Facebook me your garage sales!! And DON'T add me to your Twitter info either!

    Posted August 04 2010, 5:40 AM by guest commenter