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Fluff your yard sale

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 31, 2006 at 11:54 AM
This weekend, front lawns across Canada will begin sprouting yard sales like mushrooms after rain. But gone are the days when it's enough to empty your closets onto the grass in the hopes of making a little extra cash. The lowly yard sale has become very big business indeed.

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, about $4-billion (U.S.) is exchanged in the estimated nine million to 10 million such sales held in the United States every year. Take a look around your own neighbourhood and it will be evident that Canadians from Parkdale to Prince Rupert are in a similar sell-it-or-bust mentality.

What's driving the yard sale's newfound respectability? Call it the eBay effect: The giant digital marketplace has made casual buying and selling a worldwide phenomenon. Advice books (The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Garage and Yard Sales) and websites (yardsalequeen.com) abound. Professional yard-sale bargain hunters troll city streets on weekends. With a marketplace this hot, how can you cut through the clutter and make the most of your sale?

You can make eBay work for you by checking out some of your items on-line to see what they typically fetch. Vintage pieces like rotary phones, portable record players and old typewriters are cool collectibles, as are fashion finds like tooled cowboy boots and seventies caftans.

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Yard sale bargains may be hazardous to health

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 23, 2006 at 12:28 PM
With yard sale season started, Health Canada wants to remind Canadians that some of those yard sale treasures may be safety hazards.

Safety laws do not just apply to new products sold in retail stores -- they also apply to second hand items sold at garage sales, flea markets and second hand stores. People selling used products are responsible for making sure that the items sold meet the requirements of the Hazardous Product Act (HPA). Of particular concern to Health Canada are items such as children's sleepware, car seats, baby gates, playpens and baby strollers.

Health Canada said that it was illegal to sell baby walkers in Canada, whether they were new or used and advise that people who have one should destroy the walker before throwing it out so that it cannot be used again. Another second hand item that Health Canada was concerned about, where children are involved, was second hand window blinds. The government agency said that extreme caution should be taken when hanging the blinds to make sure that the cords do not cause a hazard for children.

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Yard sale yields Civil War-linked find

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 23, 2006 at 11:47 AM
Monday, May 22, 2006 BY JERRY L. GLEASON Of The Patriot-News

A Civil War-related document that Herb Kruger rescued at a yard sale will find a home at the Centre County Historical Society in State College.

The framed document, which has been appraised at more than $500, recounts the Civil War service of David Love of Bellefonte, who served as a private in Company E of the 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

Kruger, who is president of the Historical Society of East Pennsboro Twp., had stopped at the yard sale in the township to pick up some items related to Enola Yard and the Pennsylvania Railroad for the society's museum. The woman asked him if he would be interested in the document, which is in a wooden frame measuring 29 inches by 35 inches.

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Bargain hunt: Garage sale tips guarantee success

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 17, 2006 at 12:21 PM
"You can tell a lot about a person by what they sell at their garage sale," 43-year-old Wynetta Wilson said early last Saturday morning. "What kind of books they read, what kind of music they listen to ..."

Wilson stood in the street next to her mother, Gloria. In the background, other garage sale shoppers dashed from home to home in search of a good deal.

"I can tell you, when I go to a garage sale, whether the inside of the house is clean or not," said Gloria.
The mother-daughter team comprises garage sale veterans. They've been rising every weekend for close to four years in search of anything they may need around the house. The pair doesn't always have a game plan, but on this particular day, Gloria wanted a stadium seat cushion. She found it by house No. 3.

"You're always looking for stuff," Wynetta said. "I collect old books. I am forever looking for things for the yard."

This garage sale actually was a neighborhood-wide event. Lafayette resident Charlene Morella organized it knowing regular garage sale shoppers would love the chance to knock out so many homes in one shot.

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Manage your sale like a pro

Stored under Selling Tips by Kevin on May 15, 2006 at 12:19 PM
Yard sales can bring in pocket change or enough to help pay for a vacation.

What you reel in can depend on the quality of the goods, but a lot depends on marketing and presentation. Some tips to help you get the most money from your sale:

TIMING

# Plan your sale around paydays, right after the first or 15th of a month.

# Avoid a yard sale on major holiday weekends when many people are on vacation unless you live in a resort area.

GETTING THE GOODS

# Clear your clutter. If you haven't used something in more than a year, it's probably good garage sale fodder.

# Ask family members, especially those not living at home anymore, if it is OK to sell their stuff. It might have sentimental value.

# Give boxes to family members. Ask them to put in two or three items in addition to what's already been set aside. Allow them to keep the money from the sale of those items.

# Toss the broken and unmatched items that you would not buy if you were shopping. Or stick those items in a free rummage box for people who might be able to use an item for its parts.

# Let other family, friends and neighbors know you're having a sale. They may want to participate, allowing you to advertise it as a multifamily yard sale.

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Timing also is key to successful garage sale

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 15, 2006 at 12:17 PM
A garage sale can be an effective way to get rid of the clutter in your home and make a little money.

Planning and the right mindset can pull off a successful sale.

"Have a variety of things geared to people with young children, something to appeal to men and decorating things for the home, kitchen or bath for women," says Liz Thiner of Sioux Falls, S.D., a seasoned garage sale operator.

Everything is important, including the sale date.

People tend to have more money at the beginning of a month, so have the sale on a non-holiday weekend near a payday, such as the first or the 15th of the month. If you don't have enough stuff, ask friends, neighbors and relatives if they want a neighborhood rummage sale to drum up more business, Thiner says.

"The more stuff, the better the sale," she says.

Then advertise a lot, says Cathy Pedigo, author of "How to Have Big Money Garage Sales." Publicize items such as baby gear and toys collections, furniture and big-ticket merchandise.

Study other sale ads to see how they’re worded. If something jumps out at you, use it in yours, says Elizabeth Hagen, a Sioux Falls organizing expert, speaker and someone who has had numerous garage sales. Make your ad larger than others.

Decide on the sale's hours and stick to them. In your ad, discourage early shoppers by saying they'll pay double.

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Instant Garage Sale

Stored under Selling Tips by Kevin on May 12, 2006 at 10:42 AM

First and foremost, we are always looking for ways to making having a garage sale easier. I was surfing the internet recently and came across a blog post entitled 'Instant Garage Sale'. This intriqued me and I continued to read. The idea behind this is a collection of premade document files that you can easily print out to speed up the proceed of setting up a garage sale. These include signs with 3 directional arrows and using business cards as price tags.

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Yard sale or bust: Looking to buy or sell? Here are a few tips

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 11, 2006 at 2:42 PM
Yard sale or bust: Looking to buy or sell? Here are a few tips Treasure aisles abound for secondhand goods What to do with the leftovers Here are tips for a successful shopping experience Secondhand can be second-rate for safety

By KELLY B. SOUTH
kbsouth@jacksonsun.com

Whether you're looking for items to replace things you lost to a tornado, vintage costume jewelry, or music equipment, you're not alone. Yard sales are a fun and interesting way to fulfill your needs.

Nona Brummett first got interested in yard sales after her home was destroyed in the 1999 tornado. It doesn't matter how much insurance you have, she said. Everything can't be replaced brand new.

"As you are trying to rebuild your home, you don't know exactly what you need or want. So my daughter and I started going to yard sales and picking up items to make do, until I got all the decorating ideas worked out."

Now, Brummett explained, she continues to seek out yard sales for two reasons.

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How to organize a mega-yard sale

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 9, 2006 at 2:39 PM
Yard sales are better in bunches -- and no one knows that better than the canny Michigan homeowner with too many old clothes, books and outgrown toys in the basement. Here are some ideas for whipping one up:

Get your neighbors excited about the project. Ask for their ideas and farm out the work among everybody.

Split the costs of newspaper ads, signs and maps among all families participating or charge a flat fee, say $5 or $7.


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Advertise, organize for a successful sale

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 9, 2006 at 2:35 PM
By Dorene Weinstein Gannett News Service

A garage sale can be an effective way to get rid of the clutter in your home and make a little money.

Planning and the right mindset can help pull off a successful sale.

"Have a variety of things geared to people with young children, something to appeal to men and decorating things for the home, kitchen or bath for women," says Liz Thiner of Sioux Falls, S.D., a seasoned garage sale operator.
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Everything is important, including the sale date.

People tend to have more money at the beginning of a month, so have the sale on a non-holiday weekend near a payday, such as the first or the 15th of the month. If you don't have enough stuff, ask friends, neighbors and relatives if they want a neighborhood rummage sale to drum up more business, Thiner says.

"The more stuff, the better the sale," she says.

Then advertise a lot, says Cathy Pedigo, author of "How to Have Big Money Garage Sales." Publicize popular items such as baby gear, toys, furniture and big-ticket merchandise.

Study other sale ads to see how they're worded. If something jumps out at you, use it in yours, says Elizabeth Hagen, a Sioux Falls organizing expert, speaker and someone who has had numerous garage sales. Make your ad larger than others.

Decide on the sale's hours and stick to them. In your ad, discourage early shoppers by saying they'll pay double.

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Garage Sale 101: The early buyers get the bargains

Stored under In the News by Kevin on May 2, 2006 at 3:21 PM
After a long winter, Battle Creek area residents are ready to get back on the garage sale circuit.

Nathaniel and Nancy Lussier learned that on Friday. They had prepared for a week to have a garage sale and were up early for the 9 a.m. start.

But people were ready to buy at 7 a.m.

As the Lussiers were bringing out boxes of items, more than one customer was already looking.

"One guy was picking out of the box as I was bringing it up," Nathaniel Lussier said.

"It was beyond crazy," his wife said. "There were a lot of people. I was just grabbing money."

As the dandelions spot Battle Creek yards, people around the city are beginning to haul baby clothes, old tools, books and video games onto makeshift tables for weekend sales, which allow them to clean out their basements and/or closets and make a little money at the same time.

The season may be just starting, but some people were in midseason form on Friday, shuffling through cloths racks and tables crammed with coffee cups and toys, and either grabbing a prize or moving on.

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