With summer in full swing, it’s time to sell your stuff!  Read on for tips and tricks for hosting a successful garage sale.  


It is important that you advertise your yard sale so that people know when and where you will be hosting your sale.  Put signs up in your neighborhood the night before your garage sale pointing people towards your home.  Post on social media the details about your sale, and it may be useful to find a Facebook group specifically for advertising yard sales so that you can advertise to people who may not be in your immediate social group.

Label Prices

Even though people will have to talk to you in order to buy things, it can be awkward to ask how much everything costs.  Get small, colorful stickers from the store and put up a color-coded price list so that everyone can see it. That way, people will only be coming to talk to you when they are serious about buying something.  Be careful not to price things too high, or they will never sell.

Make Checkout Easy

Instead of having one place for a “checkout,” put on a cute apron and keep cash on you so that you can do transactions quickly.  Make sure that you keep a notebook handy so that you can write down what you sold and for how much.  Towards the end of the day, go ahead and offer items at a discount.  It’s better to make a little money than to just take your items off to a local charity.  

Display Smart

No one likes to bend over to look at the goods, so set up a couple of folding tables so that items can be easily seen.  Hang clothes up on an old curtain rod to avoid folding and refolding items all day.  If you have a lot of one item, such as lamps, picture frames, decor, etc. group them together so that buyers can peruse your yard sale with ease.  And if you have something awesome for sale, like a couch or baby chair, make sure that it can be clearly seen to draw people to your yard sale. 

Offer a Free Gift

Have a box of small items that you don’t think will sell and offer them as a free gift with every purchase.  It makes purchasers feel like they’re getting a deal, and it’s one less thing that you have to haul off to the DI or other local charity.  

Don’t Be Afraid to Haggle

At a yard sale, no price is final.  Don’t be afraid to offer in additional items at a discounted rate, or give counter offers.  It can be fun, and the more flexible you are, the more things you will sell.