8 Tips to Help You Host the Yard Sale of the Summer

by Alex ThatcherJune 14, 2017

Make Sure You Pull Off This Summer’s Yard Sale With Style

Summer is here and there are few more perfect ways to get rid of all the lightly used items you’ve gathered from your spring cleaning than to hold a great summer yard sale. The most important thing, of course, is to sell as much as you can at the best prices possible.

First things first – you won’t be selling anything if no one knows you’re hosting a yard sale, so many of these tips will help you find the best ways to get out the word. When your yard sale is well attended, chances are strong you’ll get more cash for your wares. To help you host the perfect yard sale this summer, Homes.com has compiled an easy to follow list of eight tips so you can move your old items along to a new home.

Post Your Yard Sale Online on Multiple Sites

It seems really simple to make a post on Craigslist, but you might have some stiff competition during summer weekends. These days, there are multiple sites that are free to advertise your yard or garage sale.

Lynette, a blogger for The Fun Times Guide, has an article listing all sorts of free sites to post on but suggests not using personal information. Instead, use a junk email address for privacy protection. Other sites that come highly recommended include Gsalr.com, YardSales.net, YardSaleSearch.com, GarageSaleFinder.com, and GarageSales.com.

Post Pictures! (and Lots of Them)

If you’re posting online on sites like NextDoor.com, be sure to include pictures of your items and an initial asking price on larger items like couches and bedroom sets. This way people can reserve items in case they may be at work or home, and you can consider it a pre-sale.

Provide Easy Directions or GPS Links

List your address on posters and online along with directions so people don’t get lost. Consider posting signs with arrows leading up to and ending at your house.

Make at Least 2 Big Posters for the Nearest Busy Streets

A recent post on AllThingsThrifty.com says you should use real 22×28″, brightly colored poster boards and a big black marker, adorning your signs with balloons on at least two corners of the busiest street near your home. This will be sure to draw people’s attention when they’re driving by on their way home from work or running errands, which is the perfect time for them to explore a sale.

Hold Your Yard Sale at the Right Time

Even if you’re a stay-at-home mom, don’t hold the sale during normal business or school hours. Kids love garage sales and it’s the perfect way to meet and greet your neighbors after school or work, or on the weekends. If you’ve got a lot of stuff to sell, consider holding your yard sale for 2 days instead of just one day to accommodate busy schedules.

Use Social Media

People constantly check their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media feeds obsessively throughout the day so it’s a good idea to post leading up to the sale itself, featuring “hot” items that will tempt people to stop by.

Consider Doing a Multi-Family Yard Sale

If you haven’t gotten around to cleaning the garage or yard, or you don’t have too many items for sale, consider holding a multi-family yard sale that pools resources and space for a win-win situation for all the neighbors involved. Advertising this way can bring more people, too.

Have Music Playing

One self-named yard sale fanatic suggests having some good background music to ease tensions and to allow buyers some privacy while discussing whether they should or shouldn’t buy.

Happy Summer Yard Sales to You!

The most important thing is that you have fun at your yard sale this summer, but if you want to maximize your profits, here’s one more tip from realsimple.com: get organized! Make sure to hang clothes up on racks, and to have bookshelves and tables. Also, stick clearly marked price tags on everything to avoid getting low-balled by bargain shoppers. Good luck and happy yard sale to you this summer!

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.

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