My wife and I have decided to put our house on the market. Our current home is too large and we would like to downsize. To get our home into order we have decided to have a yard sale. You don’t realize how much stuff you accumulate until you take an inventory. It is a bit overwhelming.
We are having the yard sale at my parent’s house because our home in the city isn’t conducive to a yard sale, so we are going to transport all of our items there. This is definitely a step I would skip if at all possible. Here are the things we have done in the last few days in preparation:
- Browsing: Go through every room of your home and browse for things that you don’t use or don’t need.
- Sorting: After doing the first walk through of your home separate everything into logical categories; kitchen, bathroom, baby clothes, baby toys, back to school college items, and then box them up for easy transport.
- Trashing: You will inevitably come across some items that no one would ever buy. Don’t waste your time by including them in your sale, so get the trash bags ready.
- Pricing: It is a yard sale, so price everything very reasonably. Nothing we priced is more than $5. Some furniture items will most likely be priced higher, but we marked those as “make an offer.”
- Consultation: Try and get some pointers from a yard sale veteran in your neighborhood. We have the expertise of my mother-in-law who has had many garage/yard sales under her belt. She also frequents the yard sale circuit and is familiar with what people want and how things are priced.
Here are some additional tips from our experienced consultant:
- Start an hour earlier than other yard/garage sales. Since most start at 8am, start yours at 7am.
- Put an ad in the classified section of your local paper, Facebook Marketplace, and other online classified ad services such as Craigslist, to run the day before the sale.
- Be sure to mention key items in your ads, such as collectibles, antiques, maternity, furniture, baby clothes, electronics, etc. Those are the most looked after items.
- Directly after the your sale, make arrangements with a friend or family member with a truck to pick up the unsold items to take directly to a donation center.
We’re looking forward to this uncluttering opportunity and the extra money will come in handy too.
This post has been updated since its original publication in 2007.