How to have a Killer Yard Sale

OK. Everyone has had one at some point in their life. Most of us have walked away thinking, "Never again!" ....too hot, mean ladies chewing your prices down, kids breaking things, a ton of work and very little profit to show for it. Yes, those are all legitimate reasons not to have a yard sale, but if you need the money, read on. Follow my lead and let this be the year of the killer yard sale!

START BY ADVERTISING. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT try to have a yard sale without putting it in the paper or at least Craiglist or Postaroo. A small ad, should cost you about $24 bucks. (People LOVE to see "Multi-family yard sales" advertised, is there a neighbor or friend who might throw in a couple things to beef up the sale?)

DUMPSTER DIVE. I am serious. Apartment complexes all across the city have dumpsters with microwaves and vacuums, old fridges or broken lawnmowers sitting out beside them. They are there in hopes that someone will take them. That someone is you, and that profit is yours! There is no shame in picking up stuff to sell. At the end of my year at college, people would throw out everything under the sun, and my friends and I raked in loads of yard sale-able stuff.

WHITTLE SOME STAKES. Anymore, the police are told to rip down yard sale signs that are posted on telephone poles. It damages the wood or something. Anyway, people MUST be able to find you. A balloon on the mail box is NOT enough. Do it up right, with florescent signs pointing the way from all the close intersections.

THINK AHEAD. 2 Days before the sale, formulate a game plan. What creative way can you display hang-up clothes? What make-shift tables can be made? Note: People hate yardsales where everything is laying on the ground! Make your signs and label your stuff. You can always lower it later, but get it labeled. Now you have 2 days left to consider if there are any extra little things you can do to make extra money.

GET CREATIVE. Could you sell coffee for a buck a cup? How about turning some background music on so people feel festive? On a hot day, sell bottles of water out of an ice cooler for a dollar. They will sell, and you will have some extra pennies to count!

DONATE THE LEFTOVERS. Goodwill and Salvation Army will take almost anything. They don't come and pick it up anymore, but if you can just scribble down a word or two description of each leftover, you can actually get a great tax write off at the end of the year for all that stuff. Just ASK FOR A RECEIPT. I have forgotten too many times. The program I reccommend for keeping track of this is called "It's Deductible" They put a government approved value on each donated item. It will amaze you just how much you have both made and saved by doing this.

There you have it. You knew most of this already, but if you follow all 6 steps, you should have some good number of pennies in your pocket following all that work!

3. Amazon

Amazon is one of the easiest places on the net to sell stuff. It used to just be for books and media, but now it has expanded to carry just about everything! As for my personal experience with them, I have only sold books, but had great results with it. Amazon has streamlined the process so much, that all you have to do, is enter the ISBN number you find on the bar code on the back cover of your book. It automatically pulls up a picture and description for you! You might be suprised at how easy it is, with little or no computer wizardry needed! CLICK HERE for more on Amazon. Good luck!

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2. Flea Market Booth

I opened the tiniest booth available at a local indoor flea market/antique mall here in town. It doesn't bring in much, but for a flat weekly rate of $15, (they take no additional commission) it works out well to clean the clutter out at home, sell stuff and recoup some of the cost it was purchased for, and make a bit of profit on the side. I have to visit it to move inventory around and replenish it with more odds & ends about once every week or two.

There is also a Flea Market at the County Fairgrounds once a month. A small booth rents for around $60 for 2 days, I think. I did it once, worked my tail off all weekend, and made to the penny....$60. So breaking even just wasn't worth the work and sweat! Now a friend, Roger, sells brand new Nascar and model car stuff at the County flea Market every month and will make $1000 - $2000 profit each time. For him, it is totally worth it. I think it depends what you are selling, time of year, etc. It is something to consider.

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1. E-BAY

E-bay is more expensive than ever before, but it is still relatively simple for anyone to sell via internet auction. I recommend small items that won't get damaged in the mail and are worth more than $10. The effort you put into lesser items just isn't worth it. That's my 2 cents worth.

Most people have bought or sold on e-bay before, but there are more ways e-bay can be an effective tool. Hopefully, by now you have heard about my unique auction style request for support. If not, CHECK IT OUT HERE. This will give you an idea, of one way, you can use e-bay. I have heard from people in many states and even overseas. It's pretty wonderful.

If everyone were to think outside the box, we would all be in trouble, but few ever do, so if you have happened across this blog and want to try....to step out of the box, that is, feel free! There are so many creative ways to make extra money if you are willing to do the work, and don't mind a few second glances. Come back for another idea tomorrow. I will post as often as I come across one you might be interested in.