Yard Sale and Garage Sale Tips and Strategies

Whether you're having a garage sale or you shop at yard sales, there are great tips for everyone!

3 BENEFITS OF GARAGE & YARD SALES

  • LESS TRASH IN THE LANDFILL
  • FINDING UNIQUE ITEMS
  • SCORING DEALS FOR RESALE

Most people having a garage sale just want to get rid of their "junk". However, that "junk" is likely worth some money. Buying items cheaply at garage/yard sales and reselling on eBay, Amazon, or Etsy is a great source of supplemental income.

GARAGE SALE PRICING GUIDE

A simple guide for how to price your garage and yard sale items.

YARD SALE SCAMS

A few tips that may protect you from scammers at next yard or garage sale.

YARD SALE ETIQUETTE

A few do's and don'ts for both buyers and sellers to keep in mind.

GARAGE SALE STRATEGIES FOR RESELLERS

SHOPPING TIPS

Whether it's knowing how to find sales or how to batter with the seller, there are a lot of great tips for garage sale shopping.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

A list of items to be on the look out for whether you're an eBay, Amazon, or Etsy seller. Keep checking back as the list grows!

PLAN YOUR DAY

Time is money (and so is gas for your car) so planning out the best route and having an efficient day is important!

PLANNING FOR YOUR YARD SALE

GATHER YOUR STUFF

Spend a few weeks before your planned garage or yard sale gathering things around your house that you need to sell. Create a designated space in your house where these items can be grouped together.

You'll want enough items to fill your garage... only a few tables with items doesn't look appealing to garage and yard sale shoppers. If you can't come up with enough items to fill your garage or yard, consider asking your friends and family if they have anything that they would like to sell at your garage/yard sale.

START PRICING & ORGANIZING ITEMS

As you sort through your garage sale items, price them and put like items into separate boxes... kitchen stuff in one box, holiday decoration in another box, etc. 

You can use pre-printed garage sale stickers or masking tape and a pen to price your items. On antiques and other awkward shaped items, you will want price tags with strings that you can hang on the item.​

Learn more about how to price your garage and yard sale items here.​

ADVERTISE YOUR SALE

Take note of the major intersections around your sale. Make note of which intersections and how many signs you will need to purchase. Keeping record of where you want your signs will also help you remember where to go when it's time to take them down.

Make sure to use a large sign with big bold letters that can be easily read from a vehicle. Also include a large arrow pointing in the direction of your sale. On the back of the sign, print the intersection where you want it posted. This will make it easier for you to remember where each sign goes when you put them out.

Also, don't forget to put an ad on Craigslist with many pictures of items you will be selling at your sale. Also include your address and the hours your sale will be open.

GET YOUR MONEY READY

You'll want to have a money box ready to give change to people. 

Your starter money should include:

$20.00 in one dollar bills

$20.00 in ten dollar bills

$10.00 in five dollar bills

$3.00 in quarters

$1.00 in dimes

$0.50 in nickles

Learn more about how to price your garage and yard sale items here.​

THE DAY BEFORE THE SALE

  • Look over your items. Is everything priced and sorted correctly on the tables?
  • Check your money. Do you have enough starter money to get the sale going?
  • Blow up some balloons. Punch a hole in the bottom of your signs to tie a balloon or two with string. If you use helium balloons you can put the hole on top of the sign.
  • Place an ad on Craigslist. Make sure you take many pictures add them to your Craigslist ad.

ON THE DAY OF THE SALE

  • Eat a good breakfast. You'll need a lot of energy!
  • Post your signs. Make sure all arrows are pointing the right direction so people can easily find you.
  • Get set up. For garage sales, open your garage door and start moving items outside. For yard sales, you'll need to start setting up tables and moving things out earlier.
  • Get some help. By now, you'll probably have buyers stopping by. Have one person handle the money and interact with the buyers while you finish setting up.
  • Turn on some soft music. Be sure to mark the radio "Not For Sale", unless your selling it.
  • Stay Safe. Pull your window shades down and lock your doors.
  • Put your free box by the curb or sidewalk. People might be more likely to buy something if they also got a free item.

AFTER THE SALE

  • Decide what stays and what get's donated. Sort your items by what happens to them next. Don't bring anything back in the house that you aren't going to use.
  • Count your money. If you had more than one person's items in your sale, divide the money based on what was sold by each person.
  • Take your signs down. Use your piece of paper where you recorded the intersections and take down each sign.