Now days everyone has mountains of debt and with the econimy on a serious downslope paying it off gets harder and harder, so here’s a fun (not simple of easy enough) way to get a couple thousand of it paid off.
Step one- Set the date– for the most successful yard sale you need a few months to plan everything out, i’d suggest 4 to 6 months, set the date and make a timeline with the following steps
Step two- Location- pick a location that it open and has plenty of room (like a parking lot or empty lot) and pick a spot along a busy road or that can be seen from a busy road. if you have a walmart in your town this is a great place to do it, and if you include a non-profit number (offer to let a certain percentage of your profits to go to the charity in exchange for their non-profit number on co-operation) and walmart will double what you make (but you have to set it up a few months in advance)… so pick the location and make sure you can have it on the date you’ve picked.
Step Three- storage- find a place that you can store the stuff until the sale, an empty garage or a storage unit, or even a spare room.
Step Four- Struff- (1) go through your own stuff (2) ask friends and family for stuff (3) claim free stuff from online or the paper (4) go to yardsales and offer to pick up their left overs at the end of the day in exchange for the stuff, if you a little info paper with the info about your sale and the reason for the sale (out of debt and raise money for charity and your name and contact info) you’ll be surprised how many people will willingly give you their stuff
Step Five- Price– you wanna do this at least a week in advance so if you run out of time you’ve still got a few days to catch up. throw a pricing party and invite some friends, provide some pizza and arm each person with a marker and pricing stickers, you can also make some of your signs at this time too (see step 6) you can bulk price too- like all coats are 3$ or all books are .50cents, which will help cut the time it takes to price everything.
Step Six- advertising- make at least 10 of those bright poster board signs and put them in every direction pointing to your sale, balloons add a fun touch too, to show people that it’s all the same sale, then make sure you post your sale in the paper (this cost a bit but will pay off 100% make sure you include the reason for the sale, and also make flyers that you can post places. if you offer to helpout some local buisnesses, by puting a card or flyer of theirs into every bag of stuff sold at your yard sale sometimes they’ll donate some stuff you can use at your sale (see step 7)
Step Seven- day of- make this the biggest and best sale ever, have bottled water and food people can buy (as simple as snacks or as big as hotdogs, sometimes you can even get a local buiz to donate the food, to help with the charity cause, or to get the word out about their food), have bags (plastic shoping bags) that you can put purchases in, and maybe even have some music playing, or a musician friend playing live (helping to get the word out about them). Start early, be organized, everything in it’s sections and on tables, try to keep things off the ground unless – except maybe the clothes with should be on a tarp or blanket.
Step Eight- closing time- in the last hour of your sale make a special deal- like 5$ for whatever you can fit in your bag- this will help clear out alot of the stuff and get some great last minet buys. also if you let a local thrift store know about your sale and when it’s ending, and offer to donate what’s left sometimes they’ll send a truck to pick up the rest of the stuff, so all you have to do is pack up the tables and blankets and money and go.
Step Nine- end result- Count your money, minus costs spent (on advertising, food and whatever else) – check with double offers (like walmarts double deal) and take out the percentage promised to the charity and send the rest to pay of a big chunk of that debt off! breath a sigh of relief, cause you helped the economy, not only did you pay of some of your debt, you helped people get stuff for real cheap, you helped a charity and you donated the left overs to a thrift store… be warned, your friends will flock to you to help them with their own “get out of debt” sale- just pass on these steps to them!