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Operation Don’t Go Broke: How to have a successful yard sale

Operation Don’t Go Broke is devoted to bringing readers helpful tips on ways to save in college.

Junk has a way of accumulating throughout the years. If you have a surplus of stuff at your place, consider having a yard sale before the producers of “Hoarders” come knocking at your door.

Follow these tips for a successful yard sale:

  • Use effective signage.

Don’t lose your shoppers on the route to your house. Offer easy-to-follow directions and post signs directing drivers.

  • Price each item.

Applying price tags to each item before the sale will save time and confusion later.

  • Effectively display merchandise.

Tables are crucial for displaying smaller items. Borrow, rent or put together makeshift table of two-by-fours and plywood and cover with a tablecloth.

  • Let shoppers test out items.

Have an extension cord or two plugged in so shoppers can test electronics.

  • Advertise for free online.

Post on Craigslist, Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. Include photos that will entice shoppers.

  • Price to sell.

Remember you’re trying to downsize, not get rich.

  • Set toys out in childrens reach.

Sell toys and stuffed animals for 25 cents each.

  • Keep sale items organized.

Keeping similar items together makes it easier for patrons to purchase multiple items.

  • Place large, big-ticket items in front.

Catch potential shoppers attention as they drive-by.

  • Smile.

Make your yard sale inviting by welcoming the public on your property with a friendly smile. Make small talk and invite friends over to mingle with shoppers.

  • At the end of the day, just give it away.

On the last day of your yard sale advertise, “Everything Must Go” and stick to it.

Second year COCC nursing student Anna Quesenberry is a wife and mother of two who is passionate about saving money.





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