Source: http://www.vocalpoint.com – by Alyssa B.
August 13 is National Yard Sale Day, so gather up your family’s unwanted and unused items and start prepping for your killer yard or garage sale. The most important feature of a great sale is planning, so check out these tips before you put up your first sign!
•Check with your neighborhood or homeowners association or local government about any yard sale requirements or rules in your area. Some developments and communities may have regulations about signage and how frequently you can have yard sales.
•Consider the day of your sale. Nix holiday weekends when people may leave town. Saturdays and Sundays seem like no-brainers but consider having your sale on a Friday—that’s often when dealers and retirees like to shop and you’ll have less competition.
•Ask your neighbors or friends if they’d like to join in the sale with you. It’s great to have extra help on sale day, plus a sale with lots of merchandise is more enticing than a paltry one.
•Put a price tag on everything. You can buy preprinted dot tags for smaller items, but use 3×5 index cards for larger items like furniture. You’ll (hopefully) be really busy on sale day, and having everything priced ahead of time will be a lifesaver. If you have a lot of things like paperbacks or matchbox cars you could always put them in a box labeled $0.25 each or 5 for $1.00 or make a sign stating that.
•A note on pricing: the point of a yard sale is to sell, and shoppers come expecting yard sale prices. So even if that Norelco razor you bought hubby for father’s day five years ago is still untouched in it’s original box, it’s used to your customers. Try using a 50-30-10 guideline when pricing items: price nearly new things at 50% of retail, slightly used items at 30% of retail and used items at 10% of retail.
•A week before your sale, start putting up flyers on community bulletin boards and list your sale on a site like craigslist.org or local online site. You could also alert your immediate neighbors about your sale. They’ll appreciate knowing in advance, rather than being surprised by extra cars and people when they step out to get their newspaper that morning. The night before your sale or early that morning, put up your signs directing shoppers to your house. Be sure to use sturdy cardboard, poster board and Sharpie type markers to make your sign. Write in big block letters so drivers can easily see your signs. Consider including big arrows directing people to your location.
•Most yard sales are morning and early afternoon gigs. Be sure to put a beginning and an end time on your signs, like 8am-3pm. You could include the phrase: “PLEASE NO EARLY BIRDS” to discourage the inevitable early bargain hunters, but expect some will show up anyway.
•The day before your sale, hit the bank for $75-$100 worth of small bills rolls of quarters, dimes and nickels.
•On the day of the sale, be sure to remove non-sale items from your garage or yard or cover them with sheets. You can guarantee that someone will want to buy your lawnmower or other items not for sale if they’re visible.
•Take some time to merchandise your wares. An organized, attractive looking sale will encourage drive-bys to stop and browse. Cover tables with cloths and group like items together (glassware, books, kitchen gadgets, garden tools etc.) and don’t display anything on the ground except furniture.
•Instead of a cash box, wear a fanny pack or multi-pocketed apron. That will reduce the risk of your profits accidentally walking away
•If you have a dog, no matter how friendly, it’s best to keep him/her inside on sale day. And don’t let any customers inside your house to use the restroom. Instead, direct them to the nearest gas station or fast food joint