Even if your next yard sale is months away, start sorting through your belongings now. Put each item in one of four storage containers: Keep, Toss, Yard Sale, and Undecided. “If you’re not using it in the next year, don’t keep it,” says Dave Valliere, senior product manager for home storage at Yardsalequeen.com.
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The most popular start time is 8 a.m. Saturday. But there are regional differences. Yard sales begin later in upstate New York and earlier in the South. Check ads in your local paper to determine local custom. If you have lots of stuff, host a two-day sale for Friday and Saturday, Saturday and Sunday, or two Saturdays.
Caging Early Birds
If you don’t want people at your home the day before, don’t advertise in the paper and don’t add arrows to your signs until sale day. “The moment you put your signs out, your yard is fair game,” Littlefield says. But be realistic: For a hassle-free sale, be ready 30 minutes in advance of your advertised start time.
Lure Them In
Don’t Sell It If It Isn’t Yours
Mind Your Money
A forgotten cash box is an easy target for thieves. Use a fanny pack, apron, or pocket to keep money with you at all times. You can also buy a special counterfeit detector pen at an office supply store. Make a mark on the bill—if it turns a different color, it’s counterfeit. Don’t take checks or large bills.
Space Is Important
Give people room to browse. If they feel pressured or watched, they’ll leave. Greet them, and then chat with a friend or sip some coffee.
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