The weeks leading up to a move are the perfect time to evaluate your possessions and let go of any unwanted household items before the moving company arrives. A moving sale can serve the purpose of unloading extra stuff while putting a little extra cash in your pocket to help cover moving expenses. First, we’ll point out some of the ways a moving sale can work to your advantage. Then, read on for 10 essential tips to ensure your moving sale is a success.
Save (and Make) Money with a Moving Sale
Relocating your family comes along with the task of moving all your household goods. Holding a moving sale to get rid of unwanted items can reduce the weight of your shipment, lowering the cost of your move. Of course, a successful moving sale can also generate some additional funds to offset other moving expenses.
Preparing to move is the perfect time to decide what you will keep and what you wish to leave behind, from furniture and appliances to clothing and toys. The key is determining which items you no longer use (or won’t need at your new location) and items that you may wish to replace at your new home. Ask your family members about items they wish to sell, including clothes and toys your kids may have outgrown or are no longer interested in.
Make sure all items are still in useful condition. Your unwanted stuff may become another person’s treasure. If you’re holding the sale in your yard or garage, make sure the area around your house looks nice, too—especially if your house is on the market. If you haven’t sold your home yet, a moving sale may even attract the right buyer!
Best Moving Sale Days and Times
Select a date and time for your sale as soon as possible, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare. Fridays and Saturdays are best, as they’re typically the busiest days for yard sales. Sundays are a good second-day option for sales that start on Saturday. Try to avoid scheduling your yard sale over a holiday weekend, as many families plan out-of-town trips for long weekends. Establish a rain date, too, if you think it may be necessary.
Next, determine the hours for your sale. Keep in mind that many yard sale shoppers like to arrive early to get first dibs. Start your sale early in the morning, around 7:00 or 8:00 AM. Look up yard sale listings in your area and make sure yours doesn’t start later than most. Otherwise, potential buyers may be out of cash and energy by the time your sale starts.
Plan Your Location
Check with local authorities about any applicable restrictions for yard/garage sales in your area. Once you confirm that your location is good to go, decide where to set up your moving sale. Popular options are in the garage, carport, yard, or basement. Make sure there is ample parking nearby and enough space for people to move around.
You might also consider organizing a neighborhood yard sale. Combining the efforts of several families helps attract more buyers and spread the word.
Advertise Your Moving Sale
Craigslist is a great place to advertise your moving sale. It’s free, and one of the most popular websites for local shoppers to find yard sales. Mention the most desirable items in your post, such as furniture, appliances, tools, and electronics.
Another way to attract potential buyers is through posting flyers around the neighborhood. Use large lettering on a bright background and include the date, time, and location. You may also want to place signs in high-traffic areas on the day of the sale with arrows and directions. Before placing any signage out, check for any local restrictions that may apply. Your local Chamber of Commerce can assist you with questions.
10 Tips to Prepare for a Moving Sale
1. Determine Prices
Evaluate your items and their condition. Look online for similar items to get an idea of their value. You can also visit secondhand shops or check out a few garage sales nearby to compare prices.
2. Tag Items
Record the price on a tag or sticker and place on the item in an easy-to-see location. Use different colored stickers or an identification code on the tags if more than one family is involved in your sale.
3. Gather Supplies
Start saving shopping bags and cartons to make it easier for customers to carry their purchases. Have some tissue paper or newspaper on hand to wrap glass and other fragile items.
4. Package Sets Together
Bundle or package any sets, parts, or units together so customers know what they are getting. Put loose game pieces in a sealable bag and secure inside the box.
5. Separate Sale Items
Set up your yard, garage, or basement so that all “For Sale” items are clearly separated from any items that are not part of your moving sale. Try to keep the space as organized as possible.
6. Create Categories
Display items in groups according to type. Create categories for kitchen utensils, sporting goods, tools, etc. If possible, hang clothing on a clothesline or rack for easy viewing.
7. Prepare a Pay Station
Set up a cashier’s desk with a cash box and plenty of change. Keep a calculator, scissors, tape, string, and markers nearby. Designate a family member to be the assigned cashier or take turns. Make sure they are able to spot the basic differences between legal and counterfeit currency.
8. Plan for Weather
Be prepared for the weather to change at any time. Have several tarps or large sheets of plastic handy to quickly cover everything in case of rain.
9. Sell Cold Drinks
Buy a few varieties of soft drinks and bottled water. Ice them down in a cooler and set it up at your moving sale. To keep kids busy, put them in charge of the drink station. On a hot summer day, a cold drink will be a welcome relief to shoppers.
10. Assign Responsibilities
Enlist the help of a few family members or friends. Assign everyone a responsibility for the day, such as cashier, clerk, or organizer.
Taking the time to prepare will be worth it. Just follow the tips above for a successful moving sale!
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