The 4 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Selling Your Items at a Yard Sale


What should you sell at a yard sale?

When it comes to determining what to sell at your yard sale, you should first think about the reason you are having a yard sale in the first place. Do you need to de-clutter? Are you down-sizing? Are you hoping to make some money? Once you determine WHY you are having a yard sale, you can then begin to go through your items and sell the items that help you achieve your goal. For instance, if you are moving to a smaller home in the near future then perhaps it would be a good idea to sell any oversized or underused furniture. Or if you are looking to make some money at your yard sale, you might want to consider selling some of your more valuable items.

Questions to ask yourself before place an item for sale:

Have I used this item in the last 6 months?

Asking yourself this question as you go through your belongings will give you an eye opening experience as to whether or not you actually need the item in your life. If you haven’t used an item in the last 6 months, or worse, it’s been hiding under your bed for longer than that time period, you may want to consider selling it. There is a frugal rule of thumb that says if you use something less than 45 minutes a month, you would be better off renting it than owning it. This is especially true for kitchen appliances…which might explain why we see so many bread makers at yard sales. Although we had the best intentions upon purchasing the   items, the truth is we just don’t use it anymore, in which case you should sell it.

Would I buy this item again?

If you didn’t already own this item, would you buy it again? This is a great question to ask when going through your clothing. Sometimes we buy things because they are on sale or we think we’ll eventually fit into them, but then those same items sit on a hanger because every morning they get passed over. So take a look at your clothing and ask yourself, “Would I buy this item again” If the answer is no, then add it to your sell pile.

Does this item bring me joy?

This particular tip comes from the book, “The Life-changing Art of Tidying Up”. The premise of the book is that if an item no longer brings you joy, it’s time to get rid of it. Admittedly, it seems a little hokey. But if you think about it, we all buy items for a particular reason, spur of the moment, or feeling. And if that moment has passed and your favorite bell bottomed plaid jeans are just hanging in your closet unworn, then maybe it’s time to pass them on for someone else to enjoy.

Can it be replaced if I regret selling it?

Moms, this one is for you. Children’s clothes, toys and keepsakes can be sentimental, so we have a hard time letting go of them, however we sometimes NEED to get those overflowing boxes of clothes out of the closet, basement and hallway. So we sell them. ACK, what happens if you immediately regret it? Ask yourself, can this item be re-bought if I regret selling it. If the item is one that is readily available for purchase then go ahead and sell it. If not, than you may want to think twice about selling it.