Have you ever tried to declutter and get rid of stuff? I am sure that you have, especially if you have kids. They tend to accumulate
stuff junk on a daily basis! It has gotten to a point at our house that we are just ready to sell and donate everything. At least I thought so.
We had a yard sale this past weekend and getting ready for it was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I was expecting the tough physical demands of trying to clean out closets, toy boxes and storage areas while keeping three kiddos happy, fed, and alive. What I wasn’t expecting it to be hard mentally or emotionally when deciding what to get rid of. I am not huge into fashion, I basically live in workout clothes or jeans and a tank top, but going through my closet was even a bear. T-shirts from college sorority days, jeans that I will squeeze back into even though they don’t fit my post baby hips, and maternity clothes all have no need to be in the closet anymore. Even though I haven’t worn these clothes in years, or plan to ever again (no more preggers for me!), it was still hard to throw them in the yard sale box.
Going through the kids rooms was tougher than I thought too! I HATE cleaning up little toys every. single. day. so I thought their rooms and closets would be a piece of cake. But again, the decisions were still hard. We are planning to hit the road in a 5th wheel in June, so we have to get rid of A LOT of clothes and toys. We also still have a couple months until we leave, so I kept telling myself that they would want to keep playing with those toys for a few more months, I don’t need to get rid of them yet.
I went from ready to get rid of all the things to wanting to hold on to most of them for a few more months. ugh. I’m not a fan of this struggle. I know as we start getting rid of more things, that we will feel more freedom and want to get rid of even more! So time to suck it up buttercup and just do it already! I struggled putting out this Christmas China set. I think in 4 years I have used it one time. It doesn’t really have sentimental value as it came with the house when we bought it. But I just liked it. Oh well. FOR SALE!
As I mentioned, this past weekend we had our second yard sale since deciding to sell everything and do this trip. We have been putting things in our office ready to sell for a couple weeks, and it was piled high! Robbie has been clearing out his garage, and had a whole pile to go to the yard sale too, but that pile didn’t make it out this week. Next time! We still ended up having a lot of stuff to sell. It looked like baby and kid things made up about 75% of it. This time after baby boy, the baby items didn’t go back in the attic. They went for sale. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have any emotions about selling the baby items because he is our last, and of course it’s sad. But this body can NOT do pregnancy again. Three pregnancies in 3.5 years was enough for me! Please don’t get me wrong, I am super thankful for God blessing me with my children! I had such a hard time getting pregnant, and was even told by my doctor that I would never be able to get pregnant unless I had this surgery he wanted to perform. That is a whole different post for another day, but basically I was able to have my kids naturally and I thank God for them every day. I also pray for sanity on a daily basis. 😉
Back to the yard sale. We did pretty well. We made $623, and more importantly got rid of a lot of stuff! Almost everything that didn’t sell was donated to goodwill. That wasn’t easy either. We make our living buying and reselling stuff online so donating some things we knew we could get some money for was hard. But most of it was only a couple dollars so not worth the time to do it. We kept a couple of the bigger items like the kids power wheels and a large princess carriage bed to post them online to sell.
We have our yard sales down to a science pretty much now. They definitely are work, but we usually have a steady flow of people coming to check out what we have.
Here are 5 things that we do to have a successful yard sale:
1. The most important thing you need at a yard sale is PEOPLE! They are your customers. You want people to show up to buy your items. If no one shows up, it’s safe to say you won’t make any sales. In order for there to be a good turnout, people must know about the sale. You can add your sale to local Facebook yard sale groups, your local online newspaper, or sites like gsalr.com to let people know it is going on. Another great way to get a crowd is good signage. People driving by will stop in if your sign gets their attention. We put bright neon colored signs in 6-8 locations near our house. We write HUGE yard sale on the sign, along with our address, and an arrow pointing where they should go. Sometimes we will even put balloons attached to the signs for some extra attention.
2. Be organized. A good organized yard sale will get people who are driving by to actually stop in. If you just have a few sheets thrown on the ground piled with stuff, most likely you will not sell a lot of it. If people have to sift through everything they most likely will miss a lot of items. Have tables set up in a line with items on them is much more visually appealing and people can find things easier. This past yard sale we borrowed 6 tables from friends and it was so much better than the last sale when we only had 2! It is also a good idea to put items that are in the same category in the same area. For example, kids items, kitchen supplies, clothes, outdoor items, & furniture, should all be grouped in the same general vicinity for ease of the customers. Some people may not have any interest in kid toys and completely miss the camera you have for sale sitting in the middle of them.
3. Price all your items before the sale starts. We are guilty of not always getting this done, and it always stresses me out the morning of. It’s so much easier if the buyer knows what you are asking for an item without having to ask you on every single thing. Some people won’t want to ask you repeatedly and you could lose sales because of it. This past sale we did a great job doing this the night before, and we actually even set up most everything on the tables the night before too! It was such a time saver because I didn’t hear my alarm go off, and my girls decided yard sale day would be the one morning they sleep in. (They are usually on the side of my bed waking me up in the 6 o clock hour.
4. Offer refreshments and FUN! We like to have a cooler with bottled waters and sometimes sodas (for sale), and have even baked cookies and brownies with our nieces and had them sell them at the sale. We also like to set up our toddler bounce house in the front yard so any little kiddos can play while their parents shop (and buy more of our stuff!). Our little ones are getting bigger now and are loving to participate in the yard sale process. They spent the entire morning in the bounce house or riding their bikes in the driveway (trying not to run over anyone). We thought about setting up our cotton candy or snow cone machine at this sale, but didn’t decide to do it. Maybe on the next one!
5. Have some good stuff to sell. It feels so liberating to get rid of excess. The whole point of our trip and this blog is to simplify and declutter. But, you want to make sure you aren’t just selling junk. Some people love the little knick knacks, but be sure to have some good useful items in there as well.
Our next yard sale will probably be in another month. When are you having YOUR next yard sale? Check out our list of 6 Best Selling Yard Sale Items HERE before your next sale to make sure you can make the most of your Saturday!
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