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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:56 pm    Post subject: ~ YARD SALES: Done easily & profitably! LINKS TOO ~ Reply with quote

Just came across this & wanted to share with you Thanks to About ...

Tips for Garage Sale Success
Garage sales are not hard to do. All it takes is some time, a few organizational skills, a tad of marketing, and you will be on your way to turning your junk into cash.

Power in Numbers
Ask friends, family, or neighbors, if they would like to participate in a group sale. You will increase your chances of attracting buyers by the increase in selection and inventory. All of you can split the cost and the legwork of advertising the sale.

Pricing Your Items
Take the time to clearly mark every item that you will be putting into your sale.
For similar items, such as paperback books, it is acceptable to put up a sign, for example - All Paperback Books - 50 cents each!
Use quarter-dollar pricing increments to simplify the money exchanged.
Generally, figure around one-fifth of the retail price for items that are working and in good shape.
Also, for items only used once or twice, or those that were never used, you may get one-third of the retail value, depending on the item.

People Love BOGO Sales
A BOGO stands for "Buy One Get One" and it is used in retail stores to entice customers to purchase multiple items. Books, videos, baby clothing, and records, are all good items to include in this type of pricing structure.

Clean It and Fix It
Not many people want to buy dirty things. You will want to clean and fix the items you place in your sale.
Load the dishwasher with all the glassware you plan to sell and you will be amazed at how much more appealing it becomes when it is sparkles.
If something is in need of minor repair, go ahead and repair it.
For leather items like handbags and shoes, buff them with leather cleaner.
Run your clothing through the wash then neatly hand press or run a hot iron over them to make them more appealing.
Dust furniture, vacuum upholstery, clean spots, clean and freshen drawers.
It may sound like a big job, but it is worth it. In fact, often after we clean or fix something, we decide to keep it.

Advertise
Do not expect people to just find you. Real bargain hunters start checking the newspaper early, and planning their route.
Most newspapers have weekend garage sale advertising at a lower cost than the normal classified fee’s.
You will want to make sure you are included in this section of the paper the day before and the morning of your sale.
You will probably be charged per word, so it is a good idea to think up what you want to say before calling the paper.

What to Include in the Advertisement:
• Date and time of your sale.
• Your street address.
• If it is a multi-family or group sale.
• If you live in rural area, offer directions, a landmark that your home is near, or the color of your house.
• A brief run down of specific items you will be selling such as, baby clothing, toys, arts and craft supplies, artwork, furniture.
Use the name-brand items that are in big demand, like, BabyGap (size 2t - 4t), or Ethan Allen furniture.

When putting out your street signs
select the high-traffic areas of your neighborhood and around the streets that will guide the people to you.
Flimsy construction paper is not very effective for street signs, especially on rainy or windy days. A good piece of thick cardboard cut from a box, spray painted in a unique color, with your address, and sale hours printed large enough to read, will bring the people to your door.

Merchandising Your Items
Garage-sale hunters like to feel like there is a lot of nice stuff for them to choose from, so take the time to think out how and where you will place things.
Avoid putting items in boxes on the ground. Not too many people will bend over or kneel down to dig through it.

Hang clothing, such as dresses, suits, skirts, blazers, coats and jackets.

Designate a table for folded clothing; such as, sweaters, t-shirts, jeans, and select baby clothing.

Sheets, draperies, blankets, and bedspreads should be neatly folded. Use a pretty ribbon to tie grouped items together and price as a set.

Place your most appealing items within eyeshot of the street so people driving by can see them.

If you have sets of dishes, display all of them out. Avoid putting one plate with a note telling the visitor that there are more. Seeing is believing, and they will want to inspect each piece.

Tools, lawn equipment, workout benches, etc., will appeal to both men and women, so place them in a high-visible area.

Group your things - toys with toys; clothes with clothes. Think about the setup of your nearest Wal-mart, and section things similarly.

A Few Links To Help
No-Brainer Garage Sales
Discover Miss Perfecto's Secrets On How To Run A Garage Sale:
http://www.nobrainergaragesales.com

Contact your local radio stations
& ask them to announce your sale! I did this last year & while a few offerred to charge me,I did end out with a couple that actually did it for free as well as some that have places on their sites to list it.
Here's a link to search for YOUR local radio stations
http://clearcontests.com/cc-common/stationLocatorNational.php

Trash & Treasure Garage Sales Listings
http://www.trashandtreasure.net/garagesales/upcomingsales.asp?action=state&state=Utah

Search Google for Your local Garage Sales as well as places for advertising be sure to change the state
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=utah+garage+sales&btnG=Search

Garage/Yard Sale - Supplies
http://www.garagesaletools.com

POST &/OR SEARCH HERE FOR GARAGE SALES:
*NOTE: You will need to change to your local area

http://sell.ksl.com/cgi-bin/classifieds.pl

http://www.TheMovingSale.com

http://www.SaleByYou.com

http://www.runwalkjog.com/garagesalesposted/add_your_listing.htm

http://www.kpcw.org/garagesale_add.php

http://www.infowaft.com/eHome/AdCentral/Enter_CarGarageSale.asp?AdCategoryID=16

http://classifieds.town-usa.com/classifieds.asp?O=A&S=UT&C=Tag%20and%20Garage%20Sales

http://www.domesticsale.com/cgi-bin/selectclassad.cgi?section=Announcements&ss

http://www.luv2bid.com/adinput/index.htm

http://www.garagesaleplanet.com/admanager/create.asp

http://www.gsonly.com/sellers

http://www.garagesaledaily.com/addGSale.asp

http://www.hometownusa.com/photoads/newad.html

http://ulife.asuu.utah.edu/classifieds/post.php

http://www.yardsalesearch.com/ads/newad.shtml

http://www.garagesalesource.com/submit/?city=17315 (Magna,Utah listing)

http://www.garagesalesource.com/submit/?city=17360 (Salt Lake,Utah listing)

http://www.garagesalesource.com/submit/?city=17393 (West Valley,Utah listing)

http://saltlakecity.sellstufflocal.com/index.asp?Page=10&City=180

$4.95 for 7 days: http://www.garagesalezone.com/listingtype.asp

UNSURE OF COST: http://www.thriftynickelads.com/dsp_placead_2.cfm

Here's an example of the ad I run every year for our neighborhood yard sales:

!!! NEIGHBORHOOD Yard Sales !!!
It's back! Our annual neighborhood yard sales will be held on Saturday,XXXXX 2006
...FREEbies while they last...
L-O-T-S of New & used goodies for all ages & genders.
New clothes WITH TAGS $1
SEALED Videos $2
Kitchenaid & Bosch gently used going c-h-e-a-p

Easy Directions:
1: Turn right at the light on xxxxx South & xxxxx Street. (You'll be going East)

2: (Include your directions here. Being sure to have them lead to your MAIN road first as that is usually easier to find).

3: Turn onto (MAIN ROAD'S NAME HERE) & you'll see FILL IN WITH YOUR ADDRESS Circle (it's the first circle on your left).

See a map of this address (NOTE: in order for them to have a map of the address,you'll need to fill in all the details at MapQuest)
http://www.mapquest.com

DON'T FORGET:
Individual State Yard Sale w/Freebies are found here:

http://stockpilesrus.servertalk.in/viewtopic.php?t=475
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

~ YARD SALES: HOT TIPS & Free Signs/Price Tags,Etc... ~

HOT TIPS - www.luv2bid.com/articles/GarageSaleTips.htm

HOT TIPS - www.garagesalezone.com/tips.asp

HOT TIPS - www.yardsalesearch.com/tips.shtml

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Printable Sign's & Tags - www.domesticsale.com/signs/garage.shtml

Printable Sign's & Tags - www.garagesalezone.com/signs.asp

Printable Sign's & Tags - www.yardsalesearch.com/signs

DON'T FORGET:
Individual State Yard Sale w/Freebies are found here:

http://stockpilesrus.servertalk.in/viewtopic.php?t=475
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

~ YARD SALES: List 'em & Find 'em + a Map to 'em ~

MAP/DIRECTIONS: www.MapQuest.com

List & Find: www.craigslist.com
*NOTE: Look to the right when you get there & you will see different cities. Click on the city closest to you.
Then,look towards the middle of the page where it reads "for sale". Click on "Garage Sales".

List & Find: www.domesticsale.com/local.html (Find your local area,then click on"Announcements".

List & Find: www.finditclassifieds.com

List & Find: www.garagesaledaily.com/index.html

List & Find: www.garagesalehunter.com

List & Find: www.garagesalesource.com

List & Find: www.infowaft.com

List & Find: www.runwalkjog.com/garagesalesposted/default.htm

List & Find: www.garagesalezone.com

List & Find: www.yardsalesearch.com

Auction or storage unit type yard sales: www.luv2bid.com/articles/worldsLargestGarageSale.htm

Swapping Service: www.swapthing.com

NOTE: Know of other National Garage Sale listings? Please Post Here

NOTE: Know of other Local Garage Sale listings? Please Post them in Your State Forum

DON'T FORGET:
Individual State Yard Sale w/Freebies are found here:

http://stockpilesrus.servertalk.in/viewtopic.php?t=475
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:46 pm    Post subject: Suggestions for Yard Sale in Rural Area? Reply with quote

I have sooo much stuff to get rid of, and I can't seem to even give the stuff away (on groups, etc.). Most of it is GOOD stuff, so I'm thinking it might go better at something like a yard sale, where people can come look at all of it at once. Problem is, I live in an area where everything is rural, and there's no way the average garage saler is going to drive the 1.25 miles up my gravel lane to get to my yard. None of our friends are in a much better area, because the whole county is like this. Any suggestions?? Question
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly ... WELCOME to our lil' spot on the net Smile
Now onto your Question ...
When Mark & I needed to get rid of exta stuff + make a few bucks, we would load up the vehicle & sell at a flea market that's about 45 minutes away from here. It cost us $10 to sell there + gas, but it was worth it sometimes, sometimes it wasn't.
Another thing we've done is pass out fliers to everyone in our neighborhood (just on our street alone there were over 30 houses!)
In the homemade flier we wrote a request for a neighborhood yard sale & stated it would be on a certain date. We did this for a few years & when we advertised it, we contacted radio stations & put signs up in the stores announcing '10+ family neighborhood yard sales + bake sales + FREEbies'. That really draws extra people towards an area they normally would not travel too Wink
Also, host a church or a donation to a charity type of sale, those are always good ones too!
HTH (Hope To Help)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:36 pm    Post subject: How to Have a Great Yard Sale or Garage Sale Reply with quote

Thanks to Julia Gaynor eversave
Yard sales and garage sales are the perfect way to clear out the clutter you no longer need, as well as a great way to enjoy the outdoors and mingle with your neighbors.

Before you start dragging your unwanted items out to the front lawn though, read our step-by-step guide to holding a successful yard or garage sale.

Permit Yourself: Check with your local government to see if you need a permit to hold your yard sale. Some communities have limits on how many yard sales or garage sales can be held in a month, or how many one person can have per year, so make sure you’re in the clear before you start planning yours.

Do Your Research: Before you have a yard sale or garage sale, visit some local yard sales in your area to get a feel for what others are doing and how they’re pricing. You want to be in line with the competition, so do your homework (and you might just find some great bargains while you’re at it!)

Advertise: Definitely use online resources like your local state group (as long as you are offering freebies that is, a great way to gain exposure) find yours here: http://stockpilesrus.servertalk.in/viewtopic.php?t=475
as well as other online & community listings sites that you’re aware of such as some tv or radio stations. Your local paper is another fantastic place to put an ad because yard-salers always look there when planning their yard sale route for the day!

Sineage: Try posting signs wherever you’re able to make them stick, but be warned that different communities have different rules- and different levels of enforcement. You can’t post on utility poles or trees, but some cities let you post on traffic signs. Poster board is the best material for yard sale signs, and black permanent marker should be your writing tool. Hot pink or bright orange signs are real attention-grabbers, and some people even cut their signs into the shape of arrows to help direct people to your house. Post signs at as many intersections near your house as possible, and obviously, post plenty of signs on your own house along with balloons, to attract drive-by and foot traffic. If you have items that you know will be popular (such as furniture) list those on your signs and put them out front to attract attention too.

Don’t Go it Alone: Solo yard sales are a lot of work without much of the fun, so if you can’t get someone to host a yard sale with you (multi-family yard sales are always much more effective), ask a few friends to stop by periodically to help out as your temporary sales force. That way, you won’t be the only one fielding customers during a sales rush and you’ll have someone to talk to and drink coffee with when you hit a slow period. If you can get a friend or neighbor to do a multi-family sale with you, that’s fantastic because you can also split the cost of things like advertising and the sweat equity of making and hanging signs, setup, etc.

Start With Plenty of Change: As a general rule, if you have a lot of small, low priced items, $80 or $100 is a good amount to start with. Here’s a good breakdown of what denominations to start with: Two $10 bill, four $5 bills, 25 $1 bills, 1 roll of quarters ($10), and $5 in nickels and dimes. If you have a lot of higher priced stuff, start with more money and different denominations. For instance, if you have a lot of $10 items, most people will probably give you a $20 bill and expect change, so beef up on your supply of $10 bills.

Give your Stuff a Once-Over: Go through the pockets of all clothing you plan to sell, as well as inside of books and any containers. You never know what you might find inside! Jewelry, $20 bills, credit card receipts. You don’t want to lose those!

It’s All in the Presentation: No one wants to crouch down on the ground to look at every yard sale item, so put out some folding tables with old sheets over them to display some of your items. Moving boxes placed upside-down can also work for displaying lighter items. If you’re selling battery-operate items, put batteries in them (they can be old, half-used batteries)
Get an inexpensive clothing rack for your clothes (or find one for free at your local recycle group: http://stockpilesrus.servertalk.in/viewtopic.php?t=475 ) and use cheap metal dry cleaner hangers to avoid losing your nice hangers. Many people assume that the hangers come with the clothes – if they’re dry cleaner hangers, you can happily add them in as an “extra” item.

Sell like you Mean It: Sure, it’s not your full-time job, but if you’re excited, friendly and enthusiastic, your customers will have a much better time and just might buy a few more things and/or tell their friends to stop by later. Yard sales can be a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors or just to socialize. And the more fun you make it, the more fun you’ll have.

Bags and Newspapers: Have plastic grocery bags available to put sold items in. If selling breakables, have newspaper available to wrap fragile items. Having a calculator handy is helpful in totaling up purchases.

What’s the Right Price? A rule of thumb is to price things a third of what it cost new, within reason. If you’re trying to offload a pair of rollerblades from 10 years ago that are missing ball bearings, you’ll be lucky to give them away. Junk is junk and if you want to get rid of your junk, put it all in a box labeled “free.”

Label Everything: It might seem tedious, but it will be much more tedious in heat of the moment to have to come up with prices for everything on the spot. Also, if you sit with your possessions and rationally assign prices rather than throw out numbers in the heat of the moment, you’re more likely to come up wth fair and reasonable prices. It’s really not too difficult to do. Just get those round sticky labels and quicky label things and you’ll save yourself headaches later.

Show Full Retail Price: If you’ve got a popular item that’s fairly new, show an ad from a catalog or store flier with the item in it and it’s price and tape it to your item. It shows the buyer that spending $10 for an item that normally sells for $40 new is a good deal. Don’t overuse this trick, though. It’ll lose its effectiveness if you use it on everything.

Learn Local Pay Schedules: Learn when the major companies in your area have their paydays and schedule your yard sale for the next day. Similarly, look for when Social Security checks are mailed in your area.

Bonus Haggle Tactic: Some buyers will expect you to bargain with them. If it's early in the day and you don't want to bargain yet, say "I think it's worth that price. I may lower the price later in the day if it doesn't sell."

Celebrate! After a long, hard day of yard-saling (at 2pm, you’ll feel like it’s 6pm, we promise!) treat yourself and your team to pizza or another cheap but delicious dinner you can have delivered. Chances are, no one will want to get dressed up to go anywhere, but everyone will appreciate some hot slices of pizza to celebrate a day well spent – or saved!

Can you think of a tip we missed?
Please share your ideas here Smile
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