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Yard sales pop up in the spring like mushrooms and go “poof” like puff balls by the late fall. There is an art to having a blow out yard sale. The first order of business is to get pen and paper and travel through each room in your house. Evaluate everything you have and don't get sentimental. Make an inventory of “Must go”, “Takes Up Too Much Room”, or “Can't Part With It”. Remember that the more clutter you get rid of the bigger your yard sale profit will be. How you organize your merchandise is important. Items should not be heaped in a mess, but organized and accessible. There shouldn't be too many things over $10.00. The junk you really want to get rid of should be priced to sell at under $2.00. Expensive things such as antiques, big household appliances, etc. are better off advertised in the newspaper or taken to a second hand store because people don't want to pay a lot at a yard sale. Put your yard sale ad in the local newspaper and remember, that yard salers get up at the crack of dawn and often show up an hour before your starting time. Keep at least $20.00 worth of bills and change in a pouch worn around your waist so that you have your money ready for your customers and nobody steals your profits. With any luck the weather will be good and you will make some $$!
|Sheri Ann Richerson|