Having a Yard Sale? Start Your Planning with this Timeline
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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