How to have a Yard Sale when you live in an apartment

When you live in an apartment building, you’ve got to get pretty creative when it comes to hosting a yard sale. Lack of space is your biggest issue, but the good news is that there are several ways you can still have a yard sale…even without a yard of your own. Below you will find 5 ways to host a yard sale while living in an apartment.

1. Parking lot – If you are lucky enough to have a parking lot in the complex, you can try to clear out a few spots and set up some tables with your wares. You may want to check with your neighbors ahead of time, renters HATE it when their parking spots are taken!

2. Find a busy street – It’s not uncommon to see yard sales on busy street corners or on the sidewalk. Lots of city dwellers have found that having a yard sale on the street is a GREAT way to take advantage of foot traffic.

3. Borrow a friend’s yard – If you’ve got a friend who owns a home, ask them to borrow their driveway or yard. This can be a great way to get more space to sell your goodies, especially if they live in a high traffic area. The only downfall to this option is that you’ll have to transport all of your stuff to their house.

4. Organize a community yard sale – Do you know what’s better than a single yard sale? A community yard sale! Yard sale shoppers love a community yard sale because it means they don’t have to travel too far to hit up other sales. Ask a few neighbors or put up some flyers in your building to see if anyone else is interested in having a yard sale with you.

5. Join a community yard sale – Many communities & towns around the country host annual city-wide yard sales. This can be a great opportunity to get rid of some stuff! Usually these sales are hosted in a single location, like a popular football field or convention center. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to see if your city hosts an annual yard sale. (Here’s a list of some of the largest city-wide yard sales)


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How to advertise a Yard Sale held at an apartment complex

There are two cardinal rules of advertising a yard sale: great signage and internet promotion. There are a few best practices when it comes to advertising:

Yard Sale Signage:

  • Use white or neon foam board with a black sharpie marker
  • Signs should be at least 11×17, but bigger is better
  • Your sign should be legible from at least 15 feet away
  • Post arrow signs at every turn and intersection
  • Use a variety of sign posts and staple your posters to nearby telephone poles
  • Check out this list of yard sale signs for inspiration

List your yard sale online:

  • You must list your yards sale online to attract internet savvy shoppers
  • Go to, or GarageSaleTracker and list your sale
  • Upload photos (the more the better!)
  • Use a catchy headline for your yard sale listing
  • Be sure to list any brand name and high end items in the yard sale description
  • Bonus Tip: If your apartment complex has a Facebook page or group, be sure to let your neighbors know about the yard sale!

Now that you are armed with some helpful yard sale tips, we’d love to hear how you pulled off the ultimate apartment dweller yard sale. Head over to our Facebook page and let us know how it went!