Having an Effective Moving Sale

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Selling things you no longer want or need or can’t take with you when you moving is a good way to make some extra money for the move. Here are a few pointers to maximize your return.

Advertise

Let people know when, where, and what you’ll be selling. Certain areas have local websites devoted to yard/garage/estate sales. You can also put up flyers at local businesses or promote your sale via word of mouth.

Prepare

A moving sale is a little bit different from your run of the mill garage sale, because it implies that the stuff you’re selling must go in order for you to relocate comfortably. That being said, it can be a little bit more involved. Sometimes, it means selling practically everything and starting over in a new place. Sometimes it just means ridding yourself of clutter so you don’t have to lug it to you new home. Either way, it’s important to sort through EVERYTHING in your home before hand, with plenty of time to research, price, and set up your treasures.

Price Right

I’m a strong believer of pricing every single item you’re selling. Not everyone feels this way and it is quite a bit of work, but it helps people shopping and it will help you too when things get busy and you have many people asking you how much you want for your items all at once. When pricing, be realistic. This is something you’ve decided you really don’t want in your life right now, so don’t get too aggressive about your profit margin. That being said, it is okay to aim a little bit higher than what you would really be willing to take; many people go into these sales expecting to haggle so it gives you and advantage to start high.

Put up Signs

The benefits are 2 fold. Putting up street signs in surrounding areas is another form of advertising, and arguably one of the most effective ones. But it’s also helpful to give people some direction. If you live in the back of a subdivision like me, many potential customers could have no idea you’re having a sale, or could get so turned around on the way they abandon the venture altogether. Brightly colored signs with directions or arrows can be a big help

Be Flexible

Putting a bunch of your stuff in your yard and asking other people to pay for it is something that we really embrace in this country. However, norms and expectations are different in every area so keep an open mind. Some people may show up just as you’re setting up. Things may not sell at the price you want. Customer volume may dwindle early or really pick up when you’re ready to close down. Be prepared to change your plan and adjust your expectations. If it’s going to be a particularly large sale, it helps to stretch it over multiple days or weekends so you can make adjustments where needed.

 

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