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Yard Sale Checklist


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BEGIN BY PREPARING YOUR SALE ITEMS

  • sort items into categories (kitchen, books, kids, clothes)
  • clean and repair items as you go
  • price items and label with a description when applicable

CLARIFY YARD SALE REGULATIONS

  • call city or county government for local yard sale regulations
  • find out about "signage" rules (size, shape, placement)
  • find out if you need a permit to hold a yard sale in your area

DECIDE ON NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING

  • call for prices and deadlines (don't forget "free" and local papers)
  • include date, time, address, directions, and items of interest
  • run your ad at least 1 day before and day of your sale

DETERMINE YOUR YARD SALE POLICIES

  • determine the length of your sale (number of days and hours)
  • decide if you will accept checks or hold items for people
  • decide if you will allow early birds or let people in your home

GATHERING YOUR SUPPLIES

  • decide if you will allow early birds or let people in your home
  • "checkout" items (cash box, extra bags, tissue / newspaper)
  • "try-before-you-buy" items (extension cords, batteries, bulbs)

MULTI-FAMILY SALES

  • ask friends, neighbors, and family to join in
  • have each participant mark his / her items differently
  • keep track of each person's sales in a notebook

PUTTING UP SIGNS

  • put posters at major intersections and along your road
  • put up fliers in local stores, laundromats, and churches
  • include address, hours, arrows, and major items of interest

SETTING UP YOUR CASH BOX

  • get change ($20 in coins, $50 in ones, $40 in fives)
  • create a list of "minimum prices" you will accept for each item
  • make arrangements for a charity to pick up your leftovers

SETTING UP YOUR SALE AREA

  • make sure nothing is blocking traffic flow
  • display like items / complementary items together
  • make sure everything is clearly visible

TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

  • make arrangements for a charity to pick up your leftovers
  • recruit helpers (at least 2 people to stay the length of the sale)
  • educate helpers about your pricing / negotiating

WEEK BEFORE THE SALE

  • put up fliers in public areas around town
  • place your newspaper ad
  • gather supplies, get change, and confirm "helpers"

WEEK OF THE SALE

  • put up directional signs around your neighborhood
  • block off any areas you don't want shoppers to enter
  • get a good night's sleep

WHAT TO DO DAY OF THE SALE

  • start setting up 1-2 hours before sale scheduled to start
  • put one person in charge of cash box -- never leave unguarded
  • have fun -- let your kids sell snacks and play some peppy music!

 

Copyright Ramona Creel, all rights reserved-- you are welcome to reprint any article, but you MUST include this resource box.

Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.


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