Yard sales can help make you some serious kaching!
January 17, 2009 8:03pm CST
Yard sales aren't just a way to get rid of things that you no longer want, they're a great way to make good money. People love yard sales because they can find things they want and like and not pay much for them. With the addition of some other items, yard sales can turn out to be a very profitable venture. Last summer, my neighbor had a big yard sale that included several different families and we decided to join in. At first we had just intended to sell the stuff we had purged from our attic and around the house. Then we got the brainstorm to sell some baked goods. They went like hotcakes the very first day, so we made more and sold them, too! I have an Avon business, so I sold some items that I had left from people who had either changed their minds about buying or couldn't pay for the stuff. I decided to put out some Avon brochures and got several orders from people who took them. Between all of the different things we sold we made almost $200. Not bad for a three day sale. This year, we've decided to increase the number of baked goods and I'm going to stock up on Avon products that people love to buy along with whatever other items we decide to sell. A couple of us are also knitters and do other crafts, so we've decided to make some things to sell, too. So before you get rid of unwanted items in the trash, hang on to them and sell them and combine the sale with some other things that you can make and sell along with them. Think about what your talents are. Are you a good baker? Do you know how to make crafts? Do you have a home business of some sort that you could advertise at a sale? Be creative, don't be hasty in ruling talents out, and don't be afraid to advertise. Happy yard-saling!
• United States
18 Jan 09
We did a garage sale last year, and we did pretty well. I think we made about $200 for two days. I'm going to try and set it up a little better this year. Maybe we'll do better this year than we did last year. I have a few months to get things around. If it looks like it's going to be a nice weekend, we'll sell pop and cookies. I guess it'll depend on what's going on that weekend.
• United States
21 Jan 09
That's great. I'm glad you did so well. In this economy, the saying "every little bit helps" is absolutely true and everyone is having to be more creative about how to make money and make it go farther. A couple hundred bucks may not sound like much, but it could mean the difference in having food to eat or paying the electic bill. I wish you luck with your sale in the spring.