Top Tips for Throwing a Successful Yard Sale

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

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Follow the Signs

When the big day arrives, make sure people can find you with clear, consistent signage. Place signs at every entrance to your neighborhood, and include arrow signs at every turn.

Don't clutter your signs by listing your address and everything you're selling because drivers won't be able to read it. A large, simple "Yard Sale" sign with the date and an arrow pointing the way works best. 

Make It Fun 

Create an inviting feel right from the start with colorful balloons on your mailbox. Set your iPod to shuffle, and provide some background music while people shop. To keep people shopping, set up a table and offer refreshments and small snacks.

Everything Must Go

Free For All.
Have a box or two of free items at your sale filled with things you would typically donate anyway. "People like that because they don't expect to go to a sale and walk away with anything for free," says Jennifer. "And it's one less thing for you to take to Goodwill."

Super Sale. Decide in advance that by a certain time, any items you have left will be 50 percent off. During the last hour, offer everything for free. "People took things that they might not have bought otherwise, which made our job easier at the end of the day," says Betsy.

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