- Schedule the sale for the same weekend as your "neighborhood sale" -- this will increase potential buyers in the area;
- Combine your items with friends and family -- if there is a lot of stuff, it will catch the eye of bargain hunters;
- Be Type A about your display -- group like items together, hang clothing, set up the furniture in a way that is inviting, etc.;
- Make sure that you don't have to pay for child care while you are at the sale. Paying a sitter will eat into your profit;
- After the clock hits Noon, put up a sign that everything is 1/2 Off;
- Offer baked goods and beverages for sale....even bottled water (price it so you make a small profit);
- Have small bills, change, and batteries on hand for shoppers;
- Save your precious time and use a colored dot system for pricing -- blue is $1, red is $2, etc. Have this clearly on display at the register and entrance as well as the tables;
- Have good signage, use balloons and other things to attract attention (just be certain not to block the view for traffic); and
- Be willing to haggle on price.
Please share your stories, both positive and negative about sales. I plan to have one next year, and am already putting things in place in my mind.
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