A yard sale can be a great way to declutter and reduce the amount of stuff you have to move when you move out of your home. It is also a great way to make a little extra cash in the process. Here are some tips for making the most of your yard sale in Nova Scotia.
Price everything before the sale starts.
Price your items realistically. The general rule is 25-33% of the original sale price. However, that is not a hard and fast rule the condition of the item etc. will play a role in determining the price.
Research pricing for valuable items. Ebay is a great way to find comparable items for sale.
Assume that people will haggle with you over the price. Add 15-20% to the price you would like to get for the item to account for this.
Mark "firm" on items you are not willing to haggle over.
Have change on hand. People pay in cash, and many will not have exact change.
Don’t keep your money in a shoe box etc. Wear it if possible, to prevent theft.
Hang up clothing to make it easier to shop.
Use low-tack stickers if possible, and do not put stickers on anything that the adhesive may damage.
Be welcoming, greet people who stop in to your sale.
Don’t let strangers into your home to use the restroom etc. and be watchful for theft.
Don’t do it alone: Get help (and a babysitter if you need one).
Advertise online as well as in your neighbourhood.
You can find other ideas for yard/garage sales on yardsalequeen.com.
Some of the ideas for this blog were sourced or inspired by The Spruce article, Yard Sale Pricing.
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By Briana O’Grady, Associate Lawyer
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