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Tips for Holding a Yard Sale

Hold a yard sale to reduce the clutter in your home and get rid of items you don’t want to move.

  • Check with your city government to see if you need a permit or license.
  • See if neighbors want to participate and have a “block” sale to attract more visitors.
  • Advertise. Put an ad in free classified papers, and put up signs and balloons at major intersections and in stores near your home.
  • Price items ahead and attach prices with removable stickers. Remember, yard sales are supposed to be bargains, so don’t try to sell anything of significant value this way.
  • Check items before the sale to be sure you haven’t including something you want by mistake.
  • Keep pets away from the sale.
  • Display everything neatly and individually so customers don’t have to dig through boxes.
  • Have an electrical outlet so buyers can test appliances.
  • Have plenty of bags and newspaper for wrapping fragile items.
  • Get enough change, and keep a close eye on your cash.

Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online by permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.


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