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Yard Sale Checklist

Checklist and Timeline for Organizing Your Yard Sale

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When you're planning a yard sale, following a timeline and staying organized are musts. Otherwise, it's far too easy to forget something crucial. To minimize the stress and increase your profits, organize your yard sale with this simple yard sale checklist:

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Three to Six Weeks before the Sale

__ Set the date

__ Purchase any required permits

__ Check local rules or restrictions for yard sale signs

__ Gather definite yard sale items into one area of your home or garage

__ Use the three question test on iffy yard sale items

__ Attend a few yard sales in your area to get a feel for local pricing on common items

__ Research pricing on antiques, collectibles and other items of value

__ Start saving shopping bags and newspaper

__ Arrange to borrow or rent folding tables if you need them

Two Weeks before the Sale

__ Drive the neighborhood and decide where you'll place your yard sale signs

__ Buy supplies for yard sale signs: neon poster board, thick black marker, staple gun or duct tape, and wooden stakes if you can't mount them on telephone poles or street signs

__ Buy pricing supplies: preprinted neon price stickers, or blank neon stickers and fine-point permanent marker

__ Buy or borrow a multi-pocket apron or fanny pack

__ Clean, polish and wash your items for sale, as needed

One Week before the Sale

__ Place yard sale ads in the newspaper classifieds and on Craigslist, scheduled to start running a day or two before the sale date

__ Price and tag every item for sale

__ Make yard sale signs

__ Decide what you'll do with unsold merchandise: schedule a thrift store pick-up or make "Free" signs to place on curbside leftovers

Two to Three Days before the Sale

__ Get change from the bank: 25 - 50 one dollar bills, at least one roll of quarters, and a handful each of dimes and nickels

If you're having the sale in your garage:

__ Move non-sale items out or mark the items with "Not for Sale" signs.

__ Set up your sale by item type

__ Reserve a few showy items for the driveway to attract customers

__ Set up small, pricey items in an easy to watch area or by the cashier's table, if you have one

__ Set up a table or box for shopping bags and newspapers so customers can wrap fragile items

The Day before the Sale

__ Pack your apron or fanny pack with your change and a small calculator

__ Hang or place your yard sale signs

__ Mark or move non-sale items, like planters, garden hoses, and statuary, from your yard and porch

__ Rope off any areas where you don't want customers to go

__ Charge your cell phone

The Morning of the Sale

__ Lock the house

__ Put your cell phone in your pocket

If you're having the sale in the yard or driveway:

__ Set up your sale by item type

__ Place furniture and other showy items nearest the street to attract customers

__ Display small, pricey items in an easy to watch area or by the cashier's table, if you have one

__ Set up a table or box for shopping bags and newspapers so customers can wrap fragile items

After the Sale

__ Gather leftovers for thrift store pick-up, or place them on your curb with a "Free" sign

__ Remove all of your yard sale signs

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