Have a yard sale

To get the most money for your garage sale treasures, Chris, the Yard Sale Queen, offers these suggestions:

  • Put a price on everything. The price should be on top of an item, not on the bottom. And remember, the bigger the item, the bigger the price tag.
  • As a general rule of thumb, price items about a quarter or third of what they would cost new.
  • When selling books and CDs, arrange in a box so the titles can be easily read by the customers.
  • Let kids set up their own table selling their old toys.
  • If you have a ton of kids’ clothes or small toys you are dying to get rid of, consider a “fill a bag for a set price” kind of deal.
  • Display some of your more interesting items at the end of your driveway to lure people in.
  • If you’re having a yard sale on a hot day, consider selling sodas or having the kids run a lemonade stand.
  • During your sale, keep your sales tables attractive by filling in empty spots as things get sold.
  • Guard your money! Have lots of coins and small bills available to make change. Do not leave money laying around in a box. Wear a fanny pack or carpenter’s apron and keep the wad of bills in there.
  • Have plastic grocery bags available to put items in.
Chicago Parent Editorial Team
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