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Tips for Holding a Yard Sale

Use a yard sale to reduce the clutter in your home and get rid of items you don't want to move.

  • 1. Check with your city government to see if you need a permit or license.
  • 2. See if neighbors want to participate and have a "block" sale to attract more visitors.
  • 3. Advertise. Put an ad in free classified papers, put up signs and balloons at major intersections and in stores near your home.
  • 4. Price items ahead and attach prices with removable stickers. Remember, yard sales are supposed to be bargains, so don't try to sell anything of significant value this way.
  • 5. Check items before the sale to be sure you haven't including something you want by mistake.
  • 6. Keep pets away from the sale.
  • 7. Display everything neatly and individually so customers don't have to dig through boxes.
  • 8. Have an electrical outlet so buyers can test appliances.
  • 9. Have plenty of bags and newspaper for wrapping fragile items.
  • 10. Get enough change, and keep a close eye on your cash.