June 01, 2015

The Great Yard Sale Dilemma

Every summer, yard sale signs sprout like flowers in suburban yards. There’s something appealing about the idea of gaining some space and some money by selling your unwanted stuff to people.

The reality is that yard sales take a lot of work and generally don’t yield great profits.

I recently worked with a client who was setting things aside for a yard sale. When I asked about her plans, she said that she was participating in a community yard sale at a friend’s house and that she had a charity pickup scheduled for the day after.

Participating in a neighborhood-wide event saves you the trouble (and expense) of advertising, and brings the potential of more customers than a single-family yard sale.

My sister recently put out a table during her community’s yard sale and made about $30. Considering the time it took to gather and price items, in addition to the hours spent at the table, the payoff was minimal.

If you enjoy meeting with your neighbors and haggling over prices, then you can count it as a fun way to make a few bucks. If, however, the thought of all the effort it takes to put together a yard sale overwhelms you, call a charity and make an appointment for a pickup.

Organized by MarcieTM: Save time and money by letting go of what you don't need and finding room for what you value
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