Getting Ready to Move? Here are some dos and don'ts of having a Yard Sale.

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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

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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