Sunday, July 10, 2011

Yard Sale: The Logistics

Steve and I decided to host a yard sale on Friday and Saturday. It was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun. We spent quality time together, made a little cash, and cleared out some of the non-essentials to make more space in our home. It was also fun to meet new people, reconnect with neighbors we haven't visited with in awhile, and enjoyed the outdoors. We were so fortunate to have beautiful weather on both days! If we make the time and energy, we may have one more sale this fall. Here's what we did correctly: 1.) We had the sales on both Friday and Saturday. Fridays are usually the best day around here. 2.) We had three brightly colored signs and arrows that we posted to direct us. 3.) We had a tent so our stuff wouldn't get too hot (or melt). 4.) We marked the prices (except for a few that I missed). 5.) We were able to be flexible with prices. We talked one person into buying our framed Darth Vader lithograph. You can say we used the Jedi Mind trick. :) 6.) We cross-advertised with the kindly neighbors around the boulevard. 7.) We were nice. 8.) We didn't hover over the customers. We gave them space. Here's what we could have done better: 1.) Advertised in the paper or on Craigslist. Although be careful, you may attract some unwanted visitors. 2.) Communicated better with neighbors. 3.) Had larger and more merchandise to attract people. Once we put out the bookshelf and the garden bench, people started flocking. 4.) Opened up earlier in the morning. The 8 a.m. yard sale call was hard enough for me. We lived and learned. :)

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