Well, the yard sale was a great success. The most important thing we succeeded in doing was getting rid of a ton of stuff we don’t use anymore. (In some cases, it was stuff we never used.) I was expecting to sell about $200 worth of our stuff. We ended up selling $500 so that was a pleasant surprise.
Some highlights and more tips:
- The most expensive item we sold was an Ikea chair for $37. It was a chair we purchased a few years ago that never found a place in our home.
- My wife set all the toys and child-centered items on low tables at kid’s eye level. It proved to work very well. All of my baseball cards were gone in the first few hours.
- We found out that “National Garage Sale Day” was on August 10. Our sale was on Saturday the 11th along with numerous others in my parent’s neighborhood. We were not hurting for customers. The weather cooperated which also helped our sale become a success.
- Everything we didn’t sell was immediately packed up in a truck and taken to the local Goodwill. We only had one truck load to transport.
- The sale started at 7 am, but our first customer was there at 6:40 am. We also sold a couple large furniture items to neighbors that took a sneak peek at our sale the night before.
- Some one stole a bag of old t-shirts from us, their lack of payment was made up by the fact that they uncluttered our lives a bit more.
- Don’t be afraid to give stuff away. We gave quite a few things away for free. Usually, it was a toy but we did get rid of a love seat that saved us an extra trip to the Goodwill.
All in all, the sale was a great success. We got rid of tons of stuff that we didn’t need. I would definitely do it again, but hopefully we won’t accumulate that much stuff again.