Yard Sale Tips to Earn More Money

Get the 8 best yard sale tips to make more money hosting your sale—plus, save time using this preparation checklist.

Laura Adams, MBA
5-minute read
Episode #297

If your closets are overflowing, you have no idea what’s stored under your bed, or the thought of trying to find something in your attic is frightening, it’s time for a yard sale! I’ll give you some great tips to organize a sale that makes people want to spend money and leaves a wad of cash in your pocket.

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After making the decision to relocate from central Florida to the San Francisco Bay area by the end of 2012, my husband and I knew it was the perfect time to have a huge yard sale and get rid of lots of stuff. Although I can’t say having a garage sale is easy, it can really pay off.

When you’re ready to get rid of unused items, downsize to a smaller place, or just raise some cash, follow these 8 tips to get the most out your next yard sale:

Tip #1: Deliver Notices

At least 2 weeks before your sale, create a letter or flyer to notify everyone in your neighborhood, building, or workplace about your upcoming sale. List the sale dates, times, and categories of items that you’ll be selling—like china, glassware, sporting equipment, or antiques. If you have any special or high-end items, include a short description of each one.

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Tip #2: Have a Pre-Sale

The notification you send out serves a couple of purposes—one is to invite people to a pre-sale. On your flyer, include one or more days and times that you’ll be available, before the real sale, to let people see what you have.  

I was shocked at how much stuff our neighbors and friends purchased right out of our overloaded, dusty garage several days before the real sale. Having a pre-sale allows people to get the good stuff early and leaves fewer items to price and haul out on sale day.

Tip #3: Collaborate With Neighbors

Another reason to spread the word about your yard sale to friends and neighbors ahead of time is...


About the Author

Laura Adams, MBA

Laura Adams received an MBA from the University of Florida. She's an award-winning personal finance author, speaker, and consumer advocate who is a frequent, trusted source for the national media. Money-Smart Solopreneur: A Personal Finance System for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, and Side-Hustlers is her newest title. Laura's previous book, Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love, was an Amazon #1 New Release. Do you have a money question? Call the Money Girl listener line at 302-364-0308. Your question could be featured on the show.