When it’s time to move, many people have a revelation: Oh my god, how did I accumulate so much stuff? We all have that item that seems unnecessary, but holds tremendous sentimental value. But we all have those five old books you’ve already read and won’t pick up again. Or the boxes of clothes from four years ago that don’t fit or you’ll never wear again. It can be hard getting rid of things, but moving house is an excellent excuse to declutter your home. Sure, some items you’ll donate or give to friends, but you will probably find that you are at a loss on what to do with the rest of your unwanted stuff. There’s a simple answer to your problem. Have a moving sale!
Moving sales can be a fun and rewarding experience. You will find yourself walking down memory lane as you sort your items. On top of this, you will be able to pocket some cash to put towards your move or buy something for your new home. To sweeten the deal, getting rid of all these extras items will save on moving costs. Here is a guide to pull off a successful moving sale.
As with so many other parts of the moving process, you will want to organize what you’ll be selling. This can be a fun process. As you go through your home you are bound to feel nostalgic. Some of the things you happen upon will be articles to relocate to your new home, like photo albums. You should designate a room or area for all the items you intend to sell. You don’t want your child’s favorite toy or your favorite sweater to accidentally get purchased. It can also be beneficial to keep an inventory of all the items you plan to sell. Another great tip is to set items of the same category or room together. On moving sale day you will want similar items close to each other. Separating items into categories before the day of the sale will make set up much more efficient.
Another step in organizing your sale is checking local rules on yard sales. Some communities have restrictions on where signs can be placed, where people can park, or might even have a fee for putting on a sale. You will want to know ahead of time any regulations you will need to follow to help your sale go smoothly. If you are planning to hold the sale in your yard or garage, you will not need to worry about location. However, if you plan to hold the sale elsewhere, like a park, you may need to book the venue or pay a fee.
Once you identify the items that can be sold you will want to set prices. While some people enjoy haggling over price the day of, it can get chaotic. One tip is to set prices, but inform your customers that some prices are negotiable. If you have inventoried the items being sold, you can keep track of how much you hope to get buy detailing the price you set on the inventory list. While you want to make some money from your moving sale, you must also remember that most people coming to the sale are looking for a bargain on gently used items. Pricing items to sell will give you a better chance at selling more items. Another useful tip is to give the items you are selling a little TLC before sale day. Washing and hanging clothes nicely, dusting and cleaning up furniture will allow you to price these items higher than if you just throw them out in the yard for your moving sale.
A moving sale will not be successful if no customers show up. You will want to utilize several avenues to get the word out. Your social network is a great resource. Both word of mouth advertising from friends and family as well as social media posts will help let people know you will be having a moving sale. You can also post the time and place of your moving sale on local sites, like Craigslist, as well as flyers at local businesses and bulletin boards. Making signs is another great way to advertise as well as direct people to your sale on the big day. You will want to make sure that as you spread the word, people are aware of the time and place of your sale. All of your advertisements will want to prominently display the day and time the sale will take place. If there is parking available nearby that should also be displayed on your advertisements. Being unable to find parking or not knowing where to go could drive away potential customers.
The days and weeks leading up to the sale, you should make sure you have everything you need. You will want to gather tables and hanging racks. Your customers will want to easily be able to see and go through items, so things thrown together in a box on the ground is not the best way to promote sales. You should also keep bags and newspapers to wrap sold items in. You will also want to obtain a fair amount of change from your bank as well. Many people will come with larger bills, so be prepared to make a lot of change. You should also procure a lock box or fanny pack to keep money in. You do not want to leave money unattended. If you are keeping money in a box, you should make sure someone is with it at all times. Before moving day, you should gather volunteers. It is difficult to pull off a successful moving sale as one individual. Having at least two or three helpers will allow you to keep the sale running smoothly. Getting friends and family involved is a great way to share the experience.
Moving Sale Day
When the big day arrives, you will want to be well-rested. You will need to get up early to set up your sale. You should expect at least a few people to arrive early. Welcome them and offer to answer any questions they might have. A friendly disposition, even early in the morning will make people feel comfortable and more willing to take their time browsing and hopefully buying. If you are able, offer water and coffee, and maybe even cookies or snacks. These refreshments help entice people and add to a happy atmosphere. Some people choose to sell these items as well, while others make them free to customers. A lemonade stand can be a great way for young children to be involved as well.
Once the sale ends, you will want to move all tables and any leftover items back inside. Hopefully not much is left, but plan to donate any unsold items to friends or a donation center. You can now sit back, take a deep breath, and see how you made out after your moving sale.