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Manage your sale like a pro

Stored under Selling Tips 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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