Moving can be both a trying and a rewarding experience. Sometimes it can even be both at once! One of the easiest ways to lighten your load on moving day is to offer your unwanted belonging available for a yard sale. Alternatively, items in good condition can be offered to local charities for sale or even to homeless shelters or other community outreach centers. Montreal movers discuss in more detail these fun ways to make your upcoming move profitable and rewarding.
Sort Your Stuff
Let’s face it; one man’s junk is not always another man’s treasure. If you decide to have a yard sale, carefully select which items will be included. Clothing that is stained or too worn will probably not sell. Likewise, furniture that is broken, snagged, or stained will not look attractive enough to place in the front yard for sale.
Not only are these items practically unsalable, but they may also deter potential customers from approaching to see what items are available. Typically, most shoppers will assume that what type of items they can see from the perimeter is what makes up the entire yard sale. Make their first impression worthy of stopping in to see what other treasures are available. Keep articles of clothing together by size whenever possible.
If you have a lot of baby items or miscellaneous toys for children, they should also be grouped together. It is also a good idea to have toys for sale available in boxes on the ground so that if children wander in, the toys will be easily accessible.
Make sure to put a sign out front of your house and at the nearest busy intersection. This sign should include your address and the date and time of the yard sale. This will attract many more people.
Be Willing to Bargain
Sometimes in yard sales, people are not willing to pay the price you would like to receive for your unused or unwanted items. While the yard is really no place for proper negotiations, consider haggling to achieve a sale. Perhaps you have some old compact discs or books that you want to part with. If someone is not willing to pay full price for a blouse or small appliance, offer to throw in a book or compact disc to sweeten the deal. People love free stuff!
Also, if someone is interested in one or two clothing items, offer to sell a group of items for a discount. This also works well with toys, books, and collectibles.
Donate Unsold Items
Plan to box up any unsold items at the end of the day and donate to your favorite charity. Many local communities offer free pick up of unwanted items. Again, the items should be in fair to good condition, especially if it will be delivered to a charity that resells items in a retail store.
If you have well-worn furniture or larger items that you want to donate, ask in advance if they will be able to accept those items. Often times there is only one driver per truck, but if they know that there will be a large pickup that day, another delivery person will be on board to assist the driver.
Remember, the primary goal of a yard sale is to get rid of some extra stuff that you don’t really need anymore. Making money is just a bonus. So plan your yard sale during nice and warm weather and enjoy the day!