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My family is ramping up for our first yard sale ever! I’m excited and nervous at the same time. While I understand that this isn’t an earth shattering decision, the thought of preparing our personal items to sell to the public scares me. What if nobody comes? I came up with a very simple solution for this possibility; whatever doesn’t sell goes to Goodwill the same day. Another cool idea I came up with was agreeing that my kids can keep the money they make from the sale of any of their belongings. This seemed to spark a surprising amount of energy from my son and daughter. Keep in mind that good preparation is the key to a successful garage sale. Here are some tips to help you rake in the dough if you decide to give it a shot.

Start early. Avid garage sale goers are up and ready to buy as early as 6am!

Use brightly colored signs to help people find their way to your home.

Organization helps – Group items together as much as possible; kitchen items, electronics, clothing, shoes, etc.

Be willing to bargain. Part of the fun is haggling until you and your shopper can agree on a price. Remember, the goal is for the item to leave in their hands so be flexible.

Make sure you have change. You don’t want to lose sales for this reason. Veterans will come with singles and $5 bills but you may get some novice shoppers who show up with tens and twenties.

Display your items on tables waist high to make them easier to see.

Get the word out at least a week ahead of time.

Turn on some music and enjoy this quality time with the family!

What’s the most money you’ve ever made on a garage sale? Share your tips with Mommynoire readers!

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