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By NPI, Inc.

NPI Marketing Team
NPI Marketing Team


Our 5 Best Yard Sale Tips

 July 20, 2018 |  DIY, Just for Fun |  Spring, Summer, moving, entertaining

Holding a successful yard sale is fairly straightforward, but subtle differences in timing, signage and pricing can all have a big impact on how well-attended and lucrative your efforts are. Here are a few yard sale tips to help you stay organized, stay sane, and of course, make as much extra cash as you can.

1. Think outside the box when it comes to advertising.
There’s nothing wrong with advertising your yard sale via classic hand-lettered signs—in fact, we encourage it. But you should also extend your reach to get the word out. Try advertising on your local Buy, Sell, Trade group on Facebook and on sites like You can also place an ad in your local newspaper and hit up bulletin boards at the local library, community center and other well-trafficked areas in your town.

When you do go to make hand-lettered signs the day of your sale, be sure to use flashy poster board and large, bold lettering that can be read by someone 200 to 300 feet away. Be strategic about where you place signs and make it easy for anyone driving to be able to pull spot the news and find their way to your home.

2. Title your event accurately and strategically.
Is it a mere yard sale? Or is it a moving sale, estate sale or multi-family sale? Don’t be afraid to jazz up what you call is as long as you’re still being accurate. You just might attract people who wouldn’t otherwise stop.

3. Consider starting your sale on a Friday.
Setting up shop on the weekend is a given, but what about Friday? If you’re selling antiques or other collectibles in particular, you’ll attract dealers and retired people if you start your sale on a Friday morning by 9:00 a.m. Saturday is another great bet, but Sunday will likely be your best sales day. This is because many people reserve Saturdays for errands. You might expand your Sunday sale hours and stick a few extra signs in the ground.

4. Price goods fairly and be open to making a better deal.
Anyone shopping a garage sale is there to get a great deal, so it’s best to leave the eBay prices online. As a general rule, like-new items can be priced at 50 percent off retail, gently used items can be 60 to 70 percent off and obviously used items can be 90% off retail price. If a guest is in the mood to barter, be open to accepting reasonable offers on your items, but never feel pressured into parting with something for less than you’d like. It’s also never a bad idea to include a few buy-one-get-one-free deals on items you have a lot of, like books, DVDs and dishware.

And remember, price stickers are your friends. You can even buy pre-printed ones so that untidy writing doesn’t keep people guessing about the price of each item.

5. Create pleasing displays.
The best part of a yard sale (after the awesome deals, of course) is its homegrown, DIY quality. By “pleasing,” we don’t mean fancy. There are plenty of inexpensive ways to put your merchandise in the spotlight without breaking the bank. Some ideas include purchasing a rolling rack for displaying clothing and covering all of your tables with tablecloths. Avoid placing items on the ground, even if you spread out a blanket first. Not only will they just not “shine” as much, they’re far more likely to get damaged this way.


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