Ever experience having your own yard sale?
Whether you have or not, I would like to share with you what I recently learned. Maybe it could help you and maybe me for the next one.
My conclusions come first:
1. Like everything else from vacations, home purchases, choosing restaurants, first dates, etc…Location, location, location seems to play a big role. Be in a high traffic area, so even if you strongly advertise to your ideal customers, the random passers-by will happily stumble on in as well.
2. Advertising is key. Craigslist really does work. I am not much of a Craigslist person so this was new to me and pretty cool to see that it really brought some people by.
3. Timing is something to think about and decide what works best for your schedule and the schedule of others for your stuff to sell. Is it pay day, a holiday or any big events taking place in your area? All are factors to think about.
Honestly, I had no clue what I was doing, however, I took the time, got logical about it and took these steps to prep for the event:
1. Set a date so you can get serious and prepare.
2. Go through your home (bedrooms, living room, kitchen, storage room) and separate items you want to sell the items you will want to keep or just give away.
3. Inform friends and family if they would like to partake and/or help out with the set-up and break down. You will appreciate the help!
4. Advertise on Craigslist two weeks prior and list what you are selling, where you are selling it and when.
5. Purchase signs and price tags (price signs are not necessary, but I think it helps set a price for negotiation if preferred).
6. Strategically place signs around your neighbourhood within the week leading up to the yard sale. This felt awkward, but kind of needs to happen. More so if your home is not in an obvious location. You can go crazy with the signs or keep it minimal…Play with it.
What I realized is I can experiment with this, do it more than once and see what comes of it, maybe create a following who knows. I am not going to lie, it was a bit of work and maybe seemed more so because of organizing in the midst of everything else going on in my daily life, but I enjoyed setting up stuff like a mini-storefront and using my fashion eye to merchandise similar items together in a way that I thought would lead the customers to buy. You have to have a good amount of stuff to sale. So that means you maybe-sorta-kinda have to like to shop, store stuff and then forget about it until one day you just want it all to be gone! Case in point. Maybe you are moving or changing your decor or personal style and need to make room and a little extra cash for the new. If so, a yard sale is worth a try!
You definitely have to be open, ready and willing to get rid of it at a very low fraction of what you originally paid. Yard sale shoppers are bargain hunters, they really want and demand a deal! Be ready to negotiate. Most of all enjoy the process and see what comes of it. You may discover something new like why you buy what you buy or that you have a knack for this.
Yard sale shoppers are bargain hunters, they really want and demand a deal! Be ready to negotiate. Most of all enjoy the process and see what comes of it. You may discover something new like why you buy what you buy or that you have a knack for this.
If you are planning a sale of some sort in the future, here are a few sites that can assist you in your endeavor to sell and others that can help with organizing and improving your storage skills.
Summers are for yard sales!
Live life in style! XO, Lysandra
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