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If you’re like me and enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood on Saturday mornings, you may notice an increasing number of people gathering on lawns to get rid of junk. Yes, friends, it’s yard sale season! All of us at A Clear Path are enthusiastic yard salers so we have compiled some tips to help you clear out the clutter, make some money, and connect with your community.

Set the date of the yard sale several weeks in advance to allow for adequate preparation. You’re going to want time to: advertise, collect/clean what you want to sell, round up helpers, stage the selling area, etc.

Advertise your yard sale. Make signs/posters and scout high-traffic areas in which to place them. Advertising may be done online via Craigslist and social media as well. Take some pictures of what you are going to sell and post online to give people a preview. Be as specific as possible about the yard sale event details so there is no confusion about the date, time, location, etc.

Clear out and designate an area to organize items before the yard sale. Go through all the spaces in your home, office, garage, closets and drawers collecting things to sell. Carry a box or bag with you as you go through each area and fill it with that which you no longer use, want, or desire. Be ruthless. And try to not let guilt guide your decisions about letting go!

The day before the sale you should know how the staging area will look. Maybe you want everything on the yard on top of a blanket, folding table, etc. Take the items to be used for/during the sale and place them close to the front door. Remember to clean items before setting them out, no one wants to buy something dusty! Keep a change purse with several $1s, $5s, $10s, and coins.

The day of the sale get up and out EARLY! People will be waiting when you get outside. Feel free to politely ask them to return at the designated time or… start selling! Put a tall/large item near the curb to attract people driving by your house.

If the point of your sale is to get rid of your old stuff, don’t put a price tag on anything. When a customer asks about the cost, ask what they want to pay and take their money! Or name a price, and banter back and forth with the customer until you come to an agreement. If you’ve got a big-ticket item such as a treadmill, couch, or dining set, go ahead a name a price and gauge a customer’s reaction. Bottom line: sometimes when an item has a price tag, it may discourage the customer from asking for a lower price. I’ve done at least 25 yard sales (personally and professionally). I’ve never tagged a single item and always had a great sale.

I wish you amazing success! Put what you’ve earned in the bank, or take yourself and a friend out to dinner! But please don’t go shopping or you’ll be yard-sale-ing again in a few months.

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