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Having a Yard Sale? Start Your Planning with this Timeline

Having a Yard Sale? Start Your Planning with this Timeline


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Spring has arrived! And this often means spring cleaning and yard sales.  Getting organized for a yard sale can take some effort, so here is a timeline to help you plan. 

2--3 Weeks Before the Sale

  • First, of course, choose the date and time frame of your yard sale. Get the whole family on board with it, so no conflicts arise.
  • Next, start going through your house and load up boxes and containers with the items you plan to sell. Be as organized as possible, separating items by type: clothing, toys, appliances, books, etc.
  • Approach neighbors if you are thinking about making this a street-wide sale. Confirm the date and time frame of the sale and decide who will be in charge of advertising.


1-2 Weeks Before the Sale

  • Start planning your advertising. There are numerous online sites that accept free yard sale listings, from Facebook to Craigslist to independent sites.  Here are 4 Sites that Offer Free Posting of Yard Sales.
  • If your town requires a permit, apply for that at least 2 weeks in advance of your sale. Educate yourself on your town's laws for putting up yard sale signs.
  • Clean the items that you plan to sell. 
  • Purchase yard sale signs, markers, hangers, price stickers and other supplies.



1 Week Before the Sale

  • Place your ads online, and in local papers if you intend to do so
  • Prepare your signage. Be sure to use a variety of signs - directional signs, posters, and flyers. The latter two can be hung at this point.
  • Create a pricing list, and place price stickers on items.
  • Obtain tables and display racks if you plan to use them.

1 Day Before the Sale

  • Organize your cash drawer, and make sure you have plenty of small bills and quarters so you can make change.
  • Set up your cash-out station.
  • Plan your yard set-up and put out tables and racks.

The Day of the Sale

  • Put up your directional signs.
  • Open your cash-out station and be ready to sell at least 15 minutes before the announced start time. Avid yard sale shoppers will arrive early, especially if you have advertised hot items.
  • Remember to take down all signs at the end of the day, so no shoppers turn up the following day.


Are you holding a yard sale in preparation for selling your home?
By all means, contact me to discuss next steps in your home sellling process!

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Comment balloon 4 commentsKathryn Acciari • May 04 2017 05:33PM


'tis the season for yard sales, Kathryn, and this is a terrific list to help people get organized.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 3 years ago

Sales also need easy parking so check your location out it may be better to have it elsewhere.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 3 years ago

Thank you for that tip, William. Makes sense, especially if it is on a busy road.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Thank you, Nina. We have several enormous antique flea market sales here from May to September, and folks like to plan their yard sales in time with the flea markets.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 3 years ago