If you're still standing out in your front yard with a yard sale sign, and all of the items you're trying to get rid of are still there from last year, this article is for you.
In a world where pinning, posting, liking, and tweeting are all commonplace terms, yard sales should be simple, and successful. However, in order to clean that garage or attic out, going digital is key. The ability to reach not just your neighborhood but church groups, regional shoppers, and online cannot be ignored. Therefore, here are a few tips on how to get your yard sale online:
- Use your Facebook account. Use the "Create an Event" area in the top right-hand corner of your Facebook timeline page. Also be sure to keep people updated on how it's going and how many items are left.
- Post to Craigslist: Craigslist is a mover. In this case you want to post two ads: One in the Free stuff section, and one in the "for sale" section. The reason you want to add a free item is so that you can draw perspective customers to your yard sale. When they come to pick up whatever items you deem to be free, they will also get a good look at what's for sale.
- Be ready to accept credit and debit cards: Most yard sales miss out on sales because they only accept cash. Be sure to invest in mobile card readers [Search Here] like Square and PayPal.
Add the right details on your flyer: If you're posting flyers in your community, add the following along with the when, where, and what time:
- That you take credit cards
- Prices are negotiable on most items
- Refer them to your Craigslist ad if they can't make it to your yard sale immediately.
Take sales online
It should also be noted that designating someone to take sales over the internet can also increase revenue for you. Most services like PayPal allows you to send a person an invoice for payment. The only thing left to do afterwards is to print out the receipt, and put that item aside for pickup.
As a complimentary note, have some plastic bags ready for shoppers. Hand them a bag, they will fill them.