Keys to a Successful Yard Sale

Keys to a Successful Yard Sale

Fair and Low Prices

People go to yard sales expecting a bargain. Offer a more exciting experience than a retail discount shop, but right in your own garage or lawn.

Set the prices low and fair so your junk sells.

When it's close to finishing time, cut your last visitors a closing sale, for example, "fill a bag for $5."






Arrange clothing with similar sizes, items, and colors. Hang your best brands or items on racks and forefront displays. Try to keep clothes and bins higher up on tables instead of the ground so shoppers aren't having to bend over to browse.

Make sure you've got plenty of cash on hand for your money / change bag. Arrange plenty of chairs and seating, even a few for your shoppers. Think about parking arrangements. Have bags available for shoppers to take home their items. Be sure to label everything you have to save yourself from answering repetitive questions about costs all day.

Things you'll need:

  • Clothes Racks
  • Tables
  • Shopping Bags
  • Storage Bins
  • Labels / Stickers
  • Posters
  • Notebooks
  • Pens / Sharpies
  • Money Bag / Safe




Digging through a stranger's stuff can be weird, so go above and beyond to enchant your sale with allure.

Make sure your items are in top-notch despite being used. Wash the clothes, dust off the antique lamps.

Be present and available. Be ready to assist and answer any questions, but don't follow the shoppers. Try not to stare. Keep a book handy to read discretely while shoppers look, or tidy up any disorganized clothes and trinkets from previous shoppers.

Ensure the location is easy to find from the roads. Use bright signs and thick, black font on them. Try helium balloons for additional charm. If you have a sound system, you might enjoy playing modest-volumed music for background ambience.

Lots of parents have kids, so think about having a station with bubbles, chalk, or other toys children can play with while their parents shop.

  • Pull Flag Banners
  • Neon Signs / Vibrant Posters
  • Patterned Table Cloths
  • Balloons
  • Snacks
  • Music
  • Engagement




If your area allows it, offer snacks! Not only does this help with the sale's appeal, it's a great way to make additional money.

Don't be offended if people pass on your brownies and lemonade, though. It's weird, you're a stranger, etc. There are others though who may want to take a risk for nostalgia and sweets' sake. Homemade apple and peach pies? Fresh coffee in the foggy morning? Fresh-squeezed, ice cold lemonade for the hotter afternoon?

Southern yard sales often unintentionally end up becoming tailgate parties, so make sure there's something nearby for visitors to munch on.

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