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Yard Sales

Many home sellers have a "moving sale"--they hold a yard or garage sale after thier home has been sold, right before they move. It is a much better idea to hold your sale before you even put your house on the market. If you have visited any of the other pages on this Site, you probably know how important it is to not have any clutter, excess furniture, or just plain junk anywhere in your house when it is on the market. A perfect opportunity to get this accomplished is to:

1) Plan ahead. Sell the desirable items at a resource such as Ebay to get maximum return. What doesn't sell...
2) Have a yard sale to sell any excess items. What doesn't sell....
3) Give away or donate to charity. What you can't give away...
4) Pitch!

Hints for a successful yard sale

Plan at least 2 weeks in advance so you can schedule advertising.

Organize everything that you will be selling. Keep like items together from the beginning.

Prepare signs to be put up the night before the sale. Locate areas where signs can effectively (and legally) be placed.

Put prices on everything before the sale. It will save you a lot of time answering questions and buyers will feel more comfortable. But, be prepared to negotiate!

Have as many tables available as possible to place items for sale on.

Have $25 or $30 in small bills and coins for change.

The day of the sale get up early and prepare. Your first customers will probably be early!

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Backyard Money Machine : How to Organize and Operate a Successful Garage Sale
by Les R. Schmeltz


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