Yard Sale Advice - Elmira,NY

Updated on August 05, 2008
L.M. asks from Elmira, NY
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I am looking for experience yard sale hosts and/or shoppers. What do you think is acceptable to charge for clothing? I think $1 is abit much, but $.50 too little. What about 3 pieces of clothing for $2? The clothes are nice, but obviously used sizes 3-7 boys and girls. Any other tips for success?
Or...are yard sales just a thing of the past no one bothers with??

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answers from New York on

My girl friend and I go to tag/yard sales all the time. We've also hosted a few.

A few suggestions...

Advertise - You may want to take out an ad in your local paper. Make lots of signs. Be sure you can read the date. It's hard to read an address so sometimes a simple "Yard Sale - Sat 8/3 - 1/2 mile ---->" is best (depends on your location).

Pricing - It's a balance of how bad do you want to just get rid of it and how much money do you want to make.

For those really nice outfits, jackets or snowsuits that are good quality (oshkosh, healthtex, gap) and still in good shape, you may want to price them individually ($2 to $5) and lay them out on a table or hang them.

For all others consider $.50 per item, 2 piece $1.00, 3 piece $1.50. Keep it simple.

I usually won't take time to sort thru a bin/box. If you use bins/boxes clearly mark it's contents, example: sweatshirts sizes 3 to 7.

Have lots of change available. One of your first customers will spend $1.50 and give you a $20.

Toys usually sell really well. Make sure they're clean and have all the parts.

Ask a friend to help.

Check with some neighbors and see if they might be interested in having a yard sale at the same time. Neighborhood sales usually attract more customers and you can split the cost of an ad.

Be prepared to bargin. I've had people show up at my yard sale expecting me to basically give the item to them (I'd price it for $4, they'd offer a $1)

Good luck.

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answers from New York on

I think a dollar each is a good starting point and you could either post a sign or tell people that you are looking to make deals. People love to get things for less than what they are marked at garage sales. Or, you could price things for a dollar or dollar-fifty an outfit (top and bottom) and let people put together what they want for that price. HTH



answers from New York on

When I have yard sales my goal is to bring as little back into the house as possible so I price the clothes 2 for $1.00 or $1 each(makes them have to pick out at least one more item to get that bargin). 3 piece items in good shape are $2.00.

I also have a large area of free stuff just to get it the heck out of the house.



answers from Jamestown on

It really depends on how 'new' it looks.
Most of the time, I will pay $1 for stuff that looks new, or if it is adult stuff. Kids stuff, usually .25-.50 a piece. Outfits $1.
It also depends on how badly you want to be rid of everything.


answers from Albany on

give your shoppers plastic grocery bags and they can fill them for a flat price. $5.00 per bag.

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