How to Hold a Moving Sale
A move is a good time to get rid of a lot of the possessions that may have been weighing you down. A moving sale won’t just save you money in terms of not having to pay to move the items or pay someone to do removals. It can actually make you money. You’ll just need to go through your belongings and decide what you no longer want.
Check with friends and family to see if they’d like to add some of their own unwanted possessions to the sale. Neighbourhood-Wide sales can be popular as well.
Choose a Time
Fridays and Saturdays are the best days for sales as long as it isn’t a holiday, and be sure to have a contingency plan in case of rain. Keep in mind that you may get “early bird” shoppers, or people who turn up before the official start time for the sale.
Choose a Place
Decide whether you want to hold the sale in your front yard, a garage or even in your house. The spot chosen should make it easy for people to park and move around, so if it’s a neighbourhood sale, someone else’s house may be a better choice.
Get in touch with the classified section at your local paper and find out how much they charge. Be sure you know what the deadline is as well. It’s a good idea to be specific about what you’ll be selling such as baby clothes, furniture and more, and mention your most popular items. You may want to include your phone number in case people have questions or if your address is difficult to locate.
Signs and flyers in the neighbourhood are another excellent way to advertise.
Don’t Leave Out These Crucial Steps
- Price your items based on the typical costs for them at area secondhand stores.
- Put prices on each item, and use colour-coded stickers for multi-person sales.
- Prepare ahead of time with packaging. Save up bags, cartons, newspaper and more to give to your customers and for wrapping fragile items.
- Make sure items that go together are secured in bags or boxes, and that it’s clear to customers that they are a set.
- Make sure customers can tell what items are for sale and which ones are not. If you’re not planning on selling your porch furniture, for example, move it away from the main sale.
- Be logical about your display. For example, put all the kitchen wares together. Make sure the clothes are easy to go through by hanging them on a rack or clothesline.
- Be sure your cashier has everything needed including a calculator, a pair of scissors, tape, string, markers, someplace to store the cash and a lot of change.
- Be prepared for rain. Have a plan and sheets of plastic to quickly cover items if necessary.
- If the weather is warm, prepare ahead with cold drinks in a cooler and sell them to shoppers. If you have kids, let them keep the money from the drink sales for helping.
- Make sure everyone knows what their role is including cashier, organiser and more.
By Corey K (follow me on Google Plus)