Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

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Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

-Dealers and collectors visit sales, so clearly display one-of-a-kind items.

-Dressers, bookcases, baskets, tables, toys, and tools also attract traffic.

-Large items bring the most foot traffic.

-Make sure any appliances and electronics work.

-Tag all items with prices but be prepared to haggle.

-Garage sale experts say 10-30% of retail is a fair price for most items.

-Clean everything. 

-Items sorted by size and type and organized on shelves or rack fetch higher prices.

-Clearly mark your sales area. If you have a sale in your garage, cover anything you want to keep.

-Place an ad in a newspaper.

-Partner with neighbors.

-Make neatly lettered signs to direct traffic to your house (but take them down when the sale is over).

-Check the weather when planning your sale. Even if your sale is indoors, bad weather keeps customers home.

-Saturday is often the best day for a sale, but in some places, people favor Thursday or Friday sales. If you're new to an area, ask around.

-What to Do with Leftovers: Store them for next year. Give them away. Have them picked up by a charitable organization; keep a receipt for tax time.