So you are a hoarder. So am I. Last October I had a really successful yard sale. Successful to the point where we did not have to take one thing to the Thrift Store for donation. (And I made a bunch of $$, which is always a bonus!) So here are my tips on how to have a garage sale your neighbors will envy.
I am super lucky because we are the last house on a partially developed road so I had TONS of space to spread out.
Also remember the rule here at VR. DON’T YOU JUDGE ME. (Also, my hoarding has been better controlled lately)
After 3.5 hours it looked like this:
And then 30 minutes later it looked like this:
And by the time I made it back out to take a picture EVERYTHING was gone. Even the free sign.
So do you want to have a killer yard sale?!
Here are my tips:
1. Stand out from the 100’s of others going on that day.
I did not advertise as a yard sale. I advertised as a Hoard Sale because A) its way funnier and B) that’s what it was! The ads from Craigslist were so awesome that people came from 2 hours away just to see what a Hoard Sale was. Here are a sampling of the ads:
HUMONGO hoard sale this Saturday! (October 8) According to my husband I am a freakin hoarder, and he is mad at me. Which means that I have to get rid of a ton of my treasures to save my marriage. Starts at 8 on the dot. No early birds, I will call the cops. Just kidding I wont. But really don’t come early. This is a DIYers paradise! Need a dining room chair or 21? Good cause we have those! See you there! Also I like cookies if you want to bring me some.
There are only a few days until the Hoard sale on Saturday!! Are you EXCITED!?!? I am selling tons of amazing crap! 8 o’clock is when it opens. Only awesome people are invited.
The first annual Vintage Revivals Hoard Sale is tomorrow Saturday oct 8. The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 8 am exactly. 99% of the sale is furniture and home decor!! Follow the pink signs and balloons. It’s going to be AMAZING!! This is like the Black Friday of yard sales people.
I mean SERIOUSLY. Who wouldn’t want to go to a yard sale like that?!
2. Make Your Signs Uniform and CLEAR.
I hate when you see a yard sale sign and you start driving and then you don’t see another one. We used bright pink poster board and balloons on EVERY sign so they knew which one they were supposed to follow. Also they were funny. (sorry for the not awesome cell phone pics)
We also had arrow signs to tell people to keep going in one direction. When they see the sign you’ve hooked them, when they see the easy guides you are totally reeling them in.
3. Have great prices.
If you are selling something super valuable then of course you should charge more for it, BUT people yard sale so they get crap at a great price. Don’t be disillusioned by thinking your used stuff is better than everyone elses. Most of my chairs I sold for $10 each. Could I have sold them for more? Probably, but it was more important to me to have them gone.
See this hutch? It was a 1/2 finished project that I decided I didn’t have space for anymore. It sat this way for almost a year. So instead of holding on to something I knew I wouldn’t use, I sold it for $40. It would have been cute finished huh?
4. Team up with your friends.
My BFF Hailee and my SIL brought their crap over to sell too. When you can advertise as a multi family sale it draws more people. How many times have you not even gotten out of your car because something seemed really picked over? The more stuff you have the longer you can draw people in.
5. HAVE FUN!
I mean it is early on Saturday morning, the weather is probably beautiful so enjoy it!
This is April and Summer. They are the Vintage Revivals Super Fans. I love these cute girls and their mountains of support.
And this happy face was the best part of all.
Love Your Guts, Mandi
Make sure you check out the sale I had 6 months later. I tried to stop hoarding, I really did…