9 Tips for Making Your Yard Sale the Most Successful Ever

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Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired June 14, 2016

Now that the weather is warm, it’s yard sale season! If you’re looking to clear the clutter and make some dough in the process, read on for organizing expert Peter Walsh’s 9 tips for making your sale the best ever!

No. 1: Set Up Your Sale Like a Department Store

Set up tables and displays that group different kinds of items together, and make sure the area is spacious so that shoppers can move freely.

No. 2: Display Clothes Properly

Peter has some clever tips for displaying clothes. One is to hang them on a clothes line so that they’re clearly visible, the other is to display them on a coat rack.

No. 4: Use a Window Screen to Showcase Jewelry and Other Small Items

Just take an ordinary window screen out of one of your windows, and prop it up to hang small items like jewelry for easy display.

No. 5: Bundle Linens

Bundle your linen sets and tie them with a ribbon so that they will look more attractive and stay together as a set.

No. 6: Matching Shirts and Fanny Packs

Make sure that everyone who is working the yard sale is wearing a matching shirt, so that shoppers can easily identify them, plus everyone should wear a fanny pack to keep cash in.

No. 7: How to Set Prices

You should price used items at about 25 percent of their retail value, while new or mint condition items can be priced at 50 percent. If you’re unsure of the value of an item, search for similar items on eBay. This can help guide your pricing.

No. 8: Lower Prices Dramatically at the End

Your goal is to get rid of stuff, so at the end of your yard sale, you should lower the prices dramatically. Donate whatever is left over.

No. 9: Hourly Red Hot Special

Your goal is to get rid of stuff, so at the end of your yard sale, you should lower the prices dramatically. Donate whatever is left over.

For three tips on how to get the best prices as a yard sale shopper, click here.

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