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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 3/24/2020

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Online tools make it easy to find good estate and moving sales. Here's how to catch the best of the local offerings.

Your Smartphone Can Keep You Posted.

Do a search for find garage sales near me and you'll immediately see online apps that work on your phone to tell you about yard sales and estate sales in your area. These even show you the photo albums, lists of major available items posted by sellers, and routes to the sales.   

Use the app you like to set up a free, weekly alert. You can request a listing of all sales within 10 miles of your home. 

Except for a few weeks in the winter, you'll get more listings every week than you can possibly plan to hit in a weekend. Choose about three sales within five or six miles of each other, and hit them all in one foray. If one is so-so, another may be just what you wanted. 

Extra Weekend Time? Hit the Sales!

We're big fans of local estate sales, and here's how we make the most of them:

  • Look for cues in the listings. When you see the term "huge, multi-family," it often isn't. The real gems generally turn up in the architecturally interesting or older homes.  
  • Look through the pictures posted online by the seller. These will show you whether the focus is knickknacks from the attic, office furnishings, antiques, or something else.
  • Bring cash. Most sellers take local checks, but a limited wad of cash helps you get a nice bargain for the items you pick out.

Weekend events run by professional estate sale companies are more expensive. All items have price tags. But the professional sellers managing the sale often have permission from the homeowner to bargain.

What Are the Top Estate Sale Finds?

Top finds are chairs, tables, and desks. Estate and moving sales are fabulous for offering older furniture. Well-made furniture can last generations. Focus on pieces 20 years old or more. Worn upholstery or mildly scratched wood can usually be renovated. 

Estate and moving sales can also be the source of beautiful dishware and like-new kitchen gadgets. Some are treasure troves of Tiffany lamps, fireplace tools, useful touches for home offices and gardens, or vintage albums.

Meet People. Appreciate Their Stories. 

The early bird is overrated. Get the best bargains on overlooked finds late in the sale schedule. It's a less hectic time, and a time when sellers are most willing to let their hair down.

Hear seller's stories, appreciate their life changes, and, if it feels right, you may be able to pitch in with a little moral support.




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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 4/25/2017

Online retailers like eBay, Pop Sugar and Bonanza prove that selling used products pays off. They aren’t alone. Consignment stores and charities also realize the worth in used items. These organizations are doing what homeowners who host yard sales have been doing for years. They are taking furniture, clothes, toys, household accessories and other items and making them available, at a reasonable price, to people who find them valuable. Tips to Make Your Yard Sale a Winner Host a yard sale and you could use the money to pay for a vacation, your children’s school clothes, concert tickets or another expense. To increase the chances that your yard sale will be successful:

  • Pick the right day and time. Yard sales are often held on Saturdays. Be open to holding a yard sale on a weekday to attract college students, parents and self-employed people who work from home. Schedule a rain date in the event that the weather takes a sudden turn.
  • Get enough help. Solicit the help of family and friends. Assign someone to operate the cash register, someone to field customer questions and someone to help carry large items to customers’ vehicles. Ask two other people to roam the area, answering customer questions and providing security so no one walks off with items without paying.
  • Position art pieces, great values and attention grabbers near corners and curbs, to attract visitors. Colorful items, especially items with bright, large print, attract attention which is exactly what you want.
  • Group toys, clothes, furniture and other items together to make it easy for visitors to find what they want. The easier you make it for visitors to pick up what they want, the quicker you may land a sale.
  • Have enough change and consider accepting debit and credit card payments. The last thing that you want is to watch a potential sale walk off because you didn’t have change to handle their purchase. Keep dollar bills, fives, tens and two to three rolls of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies on hand.
  • Promote your yard sale online and offline. Post information about your yard sale at your social media accounts, places like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Tell your colleagues and neighbors that you’re having a yard sale. Be sure to let them know the day and time of the yard sale.
  • Put signs in your yard a few days prior to the yard sale. Add the date and time for the yard sale to each sign. Make sure that the signs are large and printed in bright colors like red and white.
  • Ask visitors to spread the word about your yard sale. When people visit your yard sale, ask them to tell at least one other person about your yard sale. If they bring two or more people with them to your yard sale, consider giving the referrer a discount on an item that they purchase.
  • Offer great deals but make sure that you generate a profit. Research online prices for similar items that you are selling. Try to beat online and offline deals, but make sure that your yard sale is profitable.
By hosting a yard sale, you’ll be cleaning your home. You’ll also create more space for newness. And you’ll offer household items to people who find the items valuable. Host three or more yard sales a year and you may learn additional ways to yield more success from the sales. With experience and the right amount of advertising, you could generate $1,000 or more off of each yard sale that you host.




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