Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Yard Sale

Well, we all survived the family yard sale. It was busy, hot, and we even made some (a little) money.

IF we do it again, here are some things we learned:
  • Do as much of the pricing beforehand.
  • Price every individual item if at all possible.
  • Make sure the prices on the items are correct. The kids switched some of the stickers without our noticing, and I think some of the items did not sell because the price was too high.
  • The early birds can be REALLY early. We said 8:00 in the ad, and had someone sitting on the curb at 7:15. It was difficult to be finishing up the pricing and dealing with customers at the same time.
  • Do the pricing at a time when people will not stop by, or behind the garage doors. We did some of the set up on Friday morning, and people kept stopping by, thinking we were having a sale. That really slowed us down.
  • Do not underestimate the number of tables or flat surface needed to set out all of the items. We had to go get more tables.
  • No one came after 1:00 p.m. Officially run the sale from 7:00 to 1:00 instead of 8-3.
  • People can be incredibly cheap.
  • People can be incredibly rude.
  • Put baby clothes in different bins that are labeled e.g. 0-3 onesies, 6-9 outfits. People just rifled through the piles, and it was difficult keeping everything straight.
  • Do put an ad in the newspaper.
  • Do have the money box and table all ready to go before uncovering the tables.
  • Do have the tables all set up in the driveway and just cover them the night before.

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