Top Tips for Throwing a Successful Yard Sale

Throw the best yard sale in the neighborhood with these clever tips.

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Big-ticket items, like furniture or baby strollers, should be front and center where drivers can easily see them.

Put something equally eye-catching at the back of the sale like a large painting, mirrors or a floor lamp. It doesn't have to be your best item, "but something interesting that people will be willing to wander through your whole sale to see," says Betsy.

Nobody wants to stop at a sale that looks picked over, so keep reviewing things throughout the day. As items sell, close any large gaps by moving things closer to the street, so it appears you're still well-stocked with potential treasures.

Try these other display tips to make your sale a success:

  • It's All in the Details. Thoughtful touches can help your sale stand out. Try wrapping sets of baby linens or fabric with twine or ribbon, says Jennifer. Betsy suggests displaying jewelry on custom card stock that matches your sale signage. "It makes items seem much more special and interesting, and they sell more quickly," Betsy says.

  • Tables Everywhere. Don't make people bend down to look at your things. Use regular tables for most items and low tables for kids' items.

  • Hang Them Up. Hang your clothes on a portable rack to add a boutique feel to your sale.

  • Display in Groups. Do you have several lamps, purses or picture frames to sell? Group them all together in one place so buyers can easily see what you have.

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