Yard sales can be fun, but to hold a successful yard sale, it might require the participation of your local community, your neighbors. It will take proper planning, but with your neighbors help, it’s sure to be a success.
Instead of planning a single yard sale, ask your neighbors to participate, everyone has an abundance of items to get rid of, they simply never find the time to plan, organize and take action by holding a yard sale. By asking them to participate, they will be motivated to tackle the project.
Steps to take when planning a community yard sale
- Make a simple flier “I’d love to have a yard sale, do you?, let me know if you’re interested and we’ll work together to make it a successful one”, I’m at (leave your address or contact number)
- Pass out the flyers to all your nearby neighbors, don’t put it in their mailbox, it is illegal; just leave it at the door.
You’ve got a few neighbors, now what?
- Decide on a date and time that works for all of you
- Divide the marketing efforts of your upcoming yard sale, most online yard sale listing sites are free, but if there are any costs, they just go minimized with the group effort.
Yard Sale advertising tips to remember
- Ask local restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores if you can post a flyer 1 week prior to the sale with a date and time
- The evening before, pass out flyers to all the neighbors that did not participate in the sale (potential buyers)
- Each of the participating neighbors can send emails to their local contacts and ask them to spread the word.
- Create a Facebook community event and make each one of the yard sale members a host to invite others, for a few dollars, you can boost the post to thousands in your local community, remember, turn as many people into hosts as you can, it’s the best way to get the attention you need.
- Each house participating in the sale can identify itself with balloons or ribbons the day before the sale with a sign that says “Yard Sale Tomorrow, you don’t want to miss it!”
- You can try all these, or simply do it all for yourself. Groups tend to create more attention and teams are very successful if organized well. On the day of the sale, enjoy selling all your unwanted items and the feeling of success. Remember to come back and tell us all about it.
Got any yard sale tips up your sleeve?