Preparing for a Yard Sale: Next Steps

Yard sale, garage sale, barn sale. What if you don’t have a yard or a garage or a barn? Well, you can have a ‘tag’ sale in your driveway or your apartment or your sidewalk. If your location doesn’t get a lot of traffic, see if you can borrow a friend’s lawn or barn or yard.

If you’d rather join other sellers, you can sign up for a booth at a flea market such as the Rietta Flea Market in Hubbardston, MA. Many churches hold sales or flea markets on their properties. If your town holds a yearly town-side sale, sign up to be in the map they sell to people or reserve a spot on the common area they typically have. You can also have a neighborhood yard sale with people who live close to you.

How do you let people know about your sale? Place signs on street corners to direct people to your sale. (Don’t forget to take them down when you’re done.) You can also put a classified ad in a local newspaper or an online site like Craigslist. Town-wide yard sales typically advertise their sale ahead of time, and sell a map to people who come to check out the sales. Churches or other organizations that hold sales also do the advertising for the sale, bringing more people than you might be able to on your own.

You’ve got your items ready to sell and a location to sell them from. What else do you need to do? That’s a topic for another post.


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