The month of March is exciting for all sorts of reasons! For sports fans it is all about March Madness, and for fans of warm weather it is about the first day of spring. However, for fans of organization like me, a Professional Organizer, it is the start of yard sale season and the time to pitch those things in your home that you don’t want or need, and that are taking up valuable space in your home!
Why not start collecting things around the house now, so that by April or May you have a good amount of things to sell. That way you are not under a tremendous time crunch and it won’t be such a tedious process…I promise!
Go room by room and pull the whole family into the action. Make it worthwhile to kids by telling them that they will get the money that comes from the sale of their items. Remind them and remember yourself, that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Now see how fast things suddenly disappear from their rooms and end up in a pile to be sold!
Get together some boxes to collect the items. Not sure where to find boxes for free? Call ahead to your local office supply store and see if they can hold onto some for you. When you get there to pick up the boxes, pick up a pack of the circle sticker labels in a bright or neon color. The brightness will stand out on your items. Most office supply stores also have premade yard sale/garage sale signs that are clear and concise.
Keep boxes in a central location, the kitchen or foyer, and fill them with the items you no longer (or maybe never did) use or need. Keep a running list of what goes in each box. If you have a price in mind, jot that down too. After each box is at capacity, move them into a corner or a closet and stack them on top of each other–don’t worry, this will only be temporary. Use your judgment when it comes to pricing, or do some research. I generally price items at one third of their original value. Put a price label on each item now so when it comes to the morning of the sale, setup will be a breeze! This especially comes in handy for those inevitable early birds who come asking “How much is this? How much is that?”
About a week before your yard sale, put signs up around the neighborhood and post an ad in the garage sale section on Craigslist, which is free. If you’re not familiar with Craigslist, choose your city, and look for Garage Sale under the For Sale section.
Before your yard sale, type up the written list of all the items you plan to sell and categorize them according to clothing, kitchen, furniture, etc. and print it out. If you have this list prepared ahead, you can include it in your Craigslist post so shoppers can get an idea of the items you’ll have for sale. During your yard sale, you can cross items off as you sell them. Afterward, you can then edit your original document to include only those items so you’ll have a document to pair with a donation form from where you choose to donate your items. That means self-satisfaction as well as a tax deduction!
Get the entire neighborhood involved! Plan a date at least one month out (three months is better) to give your neighbors plenty of time to get their for-sale items together. You’ll get a better turn out if shoppers know they’re coming for multiple yard sales at once.
Happy Yard Sale Season!
What are your tips for having a yard sale?
GetOrganized! wishes to thank Naomi Cook for contributing this post. Naomi Cook is a Professional Organizer and Owner of Open Doors, who aims to make the organizing process fun for her clients. With a background in Interior Design, she knows how to maximize the use of every little area in a home. She is passionate about repurposing items that are already in her client’s homes and finding recycling and donating options for other items that are no longer needed. Find out more about Naomi at her website.
*Image courtesy of Stuart Miles.