Inside: A yard sale is a perfect way to clean up the clutter and make some extra cash. But you don’t want to throw some items on a table and call it a day. Check out these flea market tips for the best money possible.
It seems that every time I look around my house and decide to relax, I have to get rid of more and more things! Sure you can donate these items, but you could easily turn around and make some cash !! After all, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Don’t just toss everything on one table and call it a sale. In order to have a successful flea market, you need to do some prep. I’ve had numerous sales and made over $ 1,000 on multiple occasions. Follow my yard sale tips to get the most profit from your sale.
1. Schedule your garage sale at the right time
Choosing the right day and time is the first step in preparing for a flea market that can make money. However, it all depends on where you live.
In my region, the best sales times are Friday evening and Saturday morning. In other regions it may be Wednesday. To find out when to have your sale, watch out for signs in your neighborhood and city. You can also check your local newspaper for flea market deals.
Take the time to find out when there are some local flea market Because if you schedule your sales on the same day as others, you will get more traffic. Customers want to get as many sales as possible in one day. So work with the best days instead of against them.
As for the time and number of days that you conduct your yard sale, this is your personal preference. But if you want it on a weekday, try keeping it running well into the evening so you can catch the people who have to work too.
2. INSTEAD OF PLANNING NEIGHBORHOOD SALE
Often times, if you can post a neighborhood or subdivision sale, you have a bigger draw because people know they can go to one area and make multiple sales. If you are into a multi-family sale, I recommend a seller list.
Each participating household gives its address and the type of items that it offers for sale. It’s available at the entrance to your neighborhood – on the signs – so people can see where they might want to go shopping.
123 Main: Children’s items, furniture, housewares, miscellaneous
125 Main: tools, sporting goods, bed linen, miscellaneous
3. ORGANIZE YOUR GARAGE SALE
When potential buyers go to a sale and it’s all tossed on a table and they can’t even see what’s for sale, they’ll most likely turn around and walk away. If you take the extra time to split up multiple tables and items, you can make more money.
Here are some Staging tips to follow when it comes to organizing a yard sale. You need several tables and want to put similar items together. For example, you might have a table for toys and stuffed animals, one for kitchen gadgets, and one for baby clothes. By keeping similar items together, users can find the type of item they want without having to scan tables of items where an item can be missed. Here’s a list some buyers will use to identify what to buy at a yard sale, and what not to buy.
When potential buyers see the pride in how you display items, they’ll be told that you took care of them. Things thrown in a pile or randomly on tables are less attractive and will turn those buyers away.
4. Make sure your items look good on display
When you pull out your things to put on your tables, make sure they are clean. Nothing is worse than picking up a plate of food or a picture covered in dust.
Spend some time wiping or even washing items before putting them on display. This simple trick can mean the difference between making and losing a sale.
5. WASH AND HANG YOUR CLOTHES
If you are selling clothes, take the time to wash everything before you sell them. Are you sure you want to buy a coat with chocolate ice dripping on the front? Probably not. However, if it were clean, you might be more interested.
Take the time to wash and fold everything. Neatly fold them on tables and sort them by size and gender. This makes it easy for shoppers to find what they’re looking for, and when it’s neatly and neatly folded, they’re more ready to buy.
When you have outfits, take the time to squeeze them and hang them on the display. Ironing is no fun, but a wrinkled shirt may not sell while a well-pressed shirt does (and often for more money).
I do too recommend hanging clothes on a clothes rack. This will help you in more ways than one:
ONE: It helps flea market buyers browse all of your items without rummaging through a table, resulting in a pile of crumpled clothes.
TWO: It can add value to the outfit. When you hang or fold an outfit on a hanger, it is worth more to the buyer. It also helps you because all the items are already together at the time of sale and you don’t have to look across three tables to find the right hat or socks.
THREE: People feel like they are shopping in a store rather than a flea market.
Use paper plates as size markers when hanging clothes. Cut a hole in the middle and slide the plate onto your rod. The more organized your sales, the more successful you will be.
6. Use price tags to identify all items for sale
While you may be ready to negotiate your price, labeling your entire sale with “Make Me a Offer” can turn a lot of people away. Most need to know what you are asking. place Stickers on all items So buyers know the price.
When you are ready to negotiate, hang the “We are negotiating” signs around the room. People will then know that you are ready to haggle a bit. Yard sales can even be a way Teaching Children to buy used and bargain.
When it comes to Flea market pricesCheck out eBay or Craigslist so you can be sure you are getting a fair price for your items. Just make sure you don’t underestimate your stuff!
7. USE YARD SIGNS TO ADVERTISE
Make sure you set up Sign with direction arrows to lead people to your sale. Place your largest flea market sign at the busiest intersection closest to your home, then from time to time place signs along the way to your home to direct people to your sale.
If you don’t advertise, people can’t find you. I’ll even put a sign in my yard so it really helps attract people.
8. Make sure you can make changes (and only accept cash)
One of the best tips for a successful flea market is getting the right change. Make sure you have enough small invoices, like ones and fives, and quarters, etc, so that you can make changes for your customers’ purchases.
How much change do you need for a flea market? I recommend $ 75 to $ 100 change. But don’t keep everything to yourself. Put the extra money in the house and run inside to get it when you need it (you don’t want to seduce people by flashing too much money).
I also recommend keeping your money in one cash register or even a carpenter’s apron. Never leave it sitting outside as it is just too tempting for the wrong person to grab it and run.
Another recommendation: when you start getting a large sum in your box, bring some of it into your house so you don’t have so much to spare for others. Even the person who appears harmless might try to grab and walk and let you down.
Make sure you only accept cash. You don’t want to deal with potential check fees. You should also be careful of large bills because you don’t want to get paid with fake bills!
When someone makes a very large purchase, ask them to make a deposit on the large ticket item. Then they can get the money and then come back and complete the transaction. That way I don’t miss a potential sale if they say they want it (and I don’t sell it) and they never return.
9. Start your sales on time
If you announce that your sales will start at 8 a.m., you can open your doors until then. Often times, people arrive early to find the best deals. If you don’t open in time, you can lose someone who was willing to buy many of your “treasures”.
10. Don’t worry about negotiating your price
My final tip for a successful flea market is to be willing to negotiate prices. Always know how much you have to make selling each item. Start high and be ready to negotiate with the buyer. Simply setting a higher price will give you the leeway and act like someone you can talk to easily.
The final hours of your sale are a great time to get rid of those last piles of trash that you really don’t have to pack to cart away. I offer a 50% discount on all marked prices during the last to one and a half hours of my sale. It’s amazing what you can discharge when you say it’s highlighted. Even something that someone can pay 25 cents versus 50 cents for is a business for many people. Finally, there is 25 cents more in your pocket than you will get when you have to get rid of the unsold item later.
Hopefully you are ready to make your sale a success. Oh, and don’t forget the most important detail: what are you going to do with all your newfound money! ??!
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Published March 2018. Updated May 2021.