35 Tips on How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

How to have a successful yard sale.  This may be something your are thinking of in order to pay off some of that holiday debt. Having a yard sale is a great way to make some extra money, so I put together 35 tips on how to have a successful yard sale.

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale, @gina_horne
I asked the savviest people I know their ideas on how to have a successful yard sale and here are the 35 tips we came up with.

  1. Advertise in your local newspaper and on Craigslist.  
  2. Get Group Yard Sales together, especially with your neighbors.  This will help attract more people and help save you the cut the cost with advertising.
  3. Takes some pictures of the items you are selling and provide a link in the ad of photos.  You can use sharing sites like Photobucket, Flickr and so on.
  4. Make Lots of Signs.  List Big Items on your signs, such as:  Tools, Baby, Furniture etc..
  5. For your signs, use a bright background color and keep the colors consistent.
  6. Make Letter BIG!  Stand across the room and make sure you can read it.  Letters on your sign, should contain Big, Bold and Black lettering.
  7. Make a big sign that says You are Here!
  8. Have your yard sale around the 1st of the month.
  9. Consider the weather.
  10. Make your displays attractive as possible
  11. Try to get everything up off the ground.
  12. Group Like items together
  13. Hang up your clothes and make sure they are clean.
  14. Don’t have enough tables?  Use totes and boxes as tables instead.
  15. Keep it simple, people don’t want to dig through a bunch of stuff.
  16. Place large items near the curb
  17. Color Code your pricing – Use plain dot stickers
  18. Don’t ask for a lot, people want deals, not somewhat reduced retail prices.
  19. Keep prices under 50% of retail.
  20. Create a price layout plan, so everyone helping out knows the prices.
  21. Have a least 2 people working at all times.
  22. Keep your money with you at all times.
  23. Don’t use a cash box.
  24. Run larger bills inside and place it in a safe place.
  25. Get lots of small bills and change.
  26. Don’t accept large bills such as $50’s and $100’s.
  27. Go with your gut feeling if a bill seems fishy.
  28. Don’t let people inside to use your bathroom.
  29. Save all of your grocery bags to use for the items you sell.
  30. Offer something free with purchase, such as balloons for the kids.  You don’t need helium, just blow them up, the kids will love it.
  31. Have a free box to pick out items from.  Spend $5 get 1 free item, Spend $10 and get 2 free items and so on.
  32. Offer fill a bag items.  $5 to fill a bag.  This will help you quickly sell off books, nick knacks, etc..
  33. Make Signs that say the following:  All Sales Final, No Returns, Items sold As-Is, Cash Only – No Checks, No Bathroom.
  34. Wait until the last day to discount items.  Start discounting them 2 hours before you shut down.
  35. Pack up all remaining items and donate them.


You may want to check out my other post:  5 Tips on How Can I Get Money and Payoff that Holiday Debt.

Do you have anything you’d like to add to the list on how to have a successful yard sale?

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Gina is an overwhelmed mother of 4 children which includes twins. She often looks for ways to make life a little easier. When she's not chauffeuring her kids to school, cleaning the house or taking her kids to their activities, she finds her sanity though this blog and through social media. Her journey would not succeed without remembering to put Faith first, Family second and Work third.
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  1. Hi Gina — stopping by from the SITS challenge to say Hi and take a look around! Our neighborhood does one big garage sale each year — these are GREAT tips. #35 is huge — I always want to save some for “seed” for next year’s sale. It should all go for donation because somehow there is always enough accumulation for next year!


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