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This is the continuation of my first post on the topic of having a successful yard sale. Hopefully, if you are planning a yard sale soon, these ideas/suggestions will be of help to you.

1. Price everything. As a yard sale shopper, almost nothing annoys me more than having to “ask” for a price. I like to know what the price is in advance. You can get stick-on price tags at Dollar Tree. Also, for clothing, you can put a sign up “$1.00 per item” or something similar. I would recommend setting your “asking” prices slightly higher than what you really want for something, so shoppers can “haggle” down.

2. Set up and Open on Time. Shoppers like to come to a yard sale where the sellers are set-up and ready to go. Be prepared for early yard-salers.

3. Have a plan for inclement weather. Set a rain-date in advance.

4. Have lots of plastic grocery bags on hand to bag purchases. Also, make sure to have plenty of newspapers in order to “wrap” fragile items.

5. ALWAYS keep your money in a safe spot. Do not “man” the yard sale alone. Some people prefer to keep the money on their person (a money belt), while others use a money box. Never leave it unattended.

6. Watch the buyers. People steal. It’s unfortunate, but true. Have someone watching your items, the money, and the buyers at all times.

7. Get your children involved.  Have them help sell their toys, their outgrown clothing, or cookies and lemonade. There are lots of “real-life” skills they can practice—counting money, making change, earning their own money, etc.

8. Reduce prices towards the “end” of the sale to move your items. Most people don’t want to haul unsold items back into their homes. Decide if you want to donate what is left (and where), and make plans on how to do this.

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