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Successful Yard Sale

June 10, 2014

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I recently had a yard sale at my house. When we added it up at the conclusion of the yard sale, we had made $686 (profit)! I am so having a yard sale again!Have you seen my post over at The Pursuit of Riches? It’s about Compromise! I’m also posting about Saving vs Paying Off Debt over at Budget Blonde today! Yay for guest posts 🙂

Hey everybody! I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post where I finally revealed some more info about me, including my first name. I’m really excited to get to know all of you a little better.

So, as you all know, I recently had a yard sale at my house. The yard sale was a combination of stuff from my house, my mom and dad’s house, my grandma’s house and my cousin’s house. Luckily, we picked a perfect weekend weather-wise. It was about 80 degrees F and sunny the whole time. I got to work on a tan a little and soak up some vitamin D. 🙂

The bad news about this yard sale is, I totally forgot to take pictures of the stuff spread out at the beginning! We were SLAMMED with people and in the midst of that, I forgot about taking pictures to show you all. 🙁

Do you remember this picture?


This was taken in January, well before we had the yard sale. When we actually got ready to have it, we had about 2x this much stuff! Plus my cousin came over and had 4 card tables of stuff from her house to put in the sale. When we got all the table lined up on the drive way we had: 5 7′ folding tables, 6 card tables and 2 hanging clothes racks. Plus, we didn’t even have room to set everything out on the tables when we first started on Friday.

We ran an ad in the paper for the week of the sale, posted it on numerous area Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade groups, and put it on the radio website’s garage sale page. We had the sale on Friday from 2-7 and Saturday 9-?? (ended up being until about 1pm Saturday). I took Friday afternoon off from work to have the sale. I came home for my regular lunch and that’s when we started getting stuff out of my house and set up.

About 1:15 we had 30+ people show up to start shopping, despite the fact that we said it started at 2. This rush continued until about 3:30. From 3:30-5 we had a few people here and there and then had another rush right after 5 when more people got off work for the weekend.

Saturday morning we were able to put out some new stuff that we hadn’t had room for on Friday and spread stuff out so it wasn’t as crowded on the tables as it was on Friday.

At the conclusion of the sale on Saturday, we took everything that was left over and donated it to a local thrift shop. We were able to fit everything in the back of my mom’s suburban without removing the 3rd row seats (we just folded them down). That goes to show you how much we sold. We probably sold 3/4 of what we had out there.

When we added up the total “profit” of the sale, it was $686! Now this was split in a few ways, my cousin’s portion was $100. My grandma had a few things in the sale and she “made” $65. We spent about $80 on supper for everyone Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The remaining was split 50/50 between me and my mom. I ended up with $220.

I planned on putting half of that into my Emergency Fund and the other half on my debt. But alas, the next day was the day my tires crapped out on me so my money ended up being used for that instead.

Irregardless, I am definitely having a yard sale again! In fact, we are talking about having another one at the end of the summer if we can get enough stuff rounded up 🙂

Have you ever had a yard sale? Was it successful?

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22 responses to “Successful Yard Sale

  1. Whoa! Nearly $700! I really need to start getting organized for a sale of our own. It’s seemed so overwhelming but $700 would get half our smallest loan paid off. Sorry about the tires, though 🙁

    1. Yeah almost $700 is awsome! But after splitting it all up I got $220, which the tires promptly ate up (and then some)! Having a sale is a great way to get rid of your clutter and make a little cash too 🙂

  2. Wow, having 30 people show up before it even started is crazy! You guys did a good job on getting the word out. My parents only ever held two garage sales, and the last one wasn’t too great. We lived on a main road, so people stopping to park was a bit of an issue. I hope you can have another one at the end of summer!

    1. Yes I think having it advertised in several places helped! Plus there was another one just down the street so that helped drive traffic to ours as well. 🙂

    1. yes, they don’t obey the start time very well! But if they want to pay me and take away my crap, I’m good with that 🙂

    1. I know, it was great to make some quick cash, but this is NOT a sustainable way to make extra money. Eventually, I will not have much left to de-clutter and sell. But for now, I’m planning on rounding up some more and doing it again 🙂

  3. That’s a great turnout! We haven’t had much luck with garage sales, but I think it might be the area. Most people leave whatever is left on the curb with a “free” sign. That’s when you get the greatest turnout, after the sale ends!

    1. We had one last year as well, but it was at my grandma’s house across town. That one didn’t turn out as well and I truly think it’s because I live in a better/higher income end of town (as compared to her anyhow).

    1. Thanks Michelle! Yes, I think having a yard/garage sale is a great way to rid yourself of some clutter and make a little cash along the way.

  4. Having a net income of $220 from a garage sale is totally worth it! I tried to host a yard sale last 2 years ago I can say that it was quite successful, I think I should do it again before the Christmas season.

  5. It’s nice to get rid of junk for cash. I’ve had a few over the years. It helps if you have help to set things up. We never usually advertise but just put signs down the road and people are usually cruising for garage sales on Sat mornings.

    1. Maybe you can do some free advertising, like I did with putting it on the Facebook groups in your area. In my area, each town has their own Buy/Sell/Trade group. I posted our garage sale in our town’s group and also the groups of the two very close neighboring towns.

  6. I need to start going through some of my old things and just setting them aside with the hopes that I would eventually have enough for a garage sale. Great job making that extra money!

    1. Thanks Michelle! While not a sustainable way to continue to earn cash, you can make some good money doing it until you run out of clutter. 🙂

  7. I have a big yard sale coming up with my neighbor. My extra bedroom looks like something from Hoarders right now, but it will be great to get rid of all that crap. I don’t know where it all comes from. I really don’t feel like we buy that much stuff anymore. I’ll blame the kid!

    1. LOL! I totally get this. I had a HUGE pile of stuff sitting around in my basement for quite a while and it was a big unorganized jumbled mess of stuff. It was a great feeling to come inside after the yard sale and see a big fat NOTHING left in that space 🙂 I hope your sale goes well!

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