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How to Host a Yard Sale: Tips & Tricks

In Community, Lifestyleby Adam's Crossing Apartments

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New season, new you! Although spring cleaning is typically the go to, why not try some fall cleaning? If you find yourself holding onto a lot of old things, this can easily result in unnecessary clutter. Fall is the perfect time to clean out clothes that you no longer wear, as well as knick-knacks that you keep around the apartment. If you’re thinking about participating in a local yard sale at any point, it’s a great way to clean out your things and make some extra cash. Check out our tips on how to prepare for a yard sale.

Organize Your Things

Before you jump into the neighborhood yard sale, make sure that you have your things together! It’s important to sort through your items to determine exactly what you’re going to be selling. However, going through your things to decide what to give away can be difficult. Especially if it’s been years since the last time you did a cleanup! To begin, take it one room at a time and set goals for yourself. Create piles that you will keep, and those you will give away. Unsure of whether to keep or sell something? Sleep on it, and decide the next day! Particularly for clothes, if you haven’t worn an item in a year, it’s a safe sign to consider donating or selling it. Parting with saved items can be difficult, but really think about the last time you used an item. If it’s been months to years, let it go! It will help to make the decluttering process quick and easy. After you have found the items you are ready to give away, sort your items into different categories so that your customers are able to easily process what’s available and the selling goes smoothly. For more tips on organization, read our blog here.

Price Your Items

Now you’re almost ready to sell! The next step is to price your items. Not sure how to price each item? Be reasonable, as it will be a used item. Additionally, be sure to price each item individually to avoid confusion on the day of the sale. For more information, you could attend other yard sales or ask someone you know who has participated in one for what the pricing may be like. When assigning prices, keep in mind your customers won’t have sentimental value attached to the items like you may have to them. Be sure to bring a red marker to the sale so you can market down items that aren’t selling. Remember: The goal is to declutter your apartment, not to necessarily make a large profit.

Alternatives to Yard Sales

If you don’t have time to participate in an old-fashioned yard sale, or you simply don’t have enough to sell, there are a variety of other ways to sell your items. For instance, if you have clothes that need to be sold, you could always take them to a consignment shop like Plato’s Closet. They may take some of your items and will pay a discounted price for them as well! If you don’t want to go anywhere to sell your items, try different online selling apps like ThredUP. On ThredUP, they will inspect your clothing, professionally photograph it, and then ship it to buyers for you! Need to make some extra money, but save yourself some time? ThredUP and other selling apps may be perfect for you.


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Adams Crossing provides residents with the top affordable luxury apartments in Charles County. Close in proximity to a variety of fall activities, our luxury apartments are perfect for those who want to take advantage of all that the area has to offer in the fall.  Schedule a tour with one of our marketing professionals to see why we’re a 2018 Top Rated apartment community through ApartmentRatings!