One of the best ways to get rid of unneeded items before a move is to hold a moving sale. The last thing you want to do is clutter up your new home with things you do not really want or need…or pay a mover to transport them. A moving sale will make a little money and clear out the old and the unwanted. In order to make your sale a success, there are a few things you should know.
1. Showcase Your Items
It’s easy to think of old and unwanted items as ‘junk’, but to sell them, you just don’t want them to look like junk. Take some time to make them look nice-clean them up, polish or dust them. If you have the original packaging or owner’s manual, display it along with items you’re trying to sell. Try to make your items look as they did when you first purchased them and display them proudly.
2. Put a Price Tag on Everything
Think about what each item is worth and put a price tag on it ahead of time. Your moving sale could get busy fast and you may not have time to stop and come up with a price for each item someone inquires about. You will be more likely to get the price you want if you think about it beforehand. If you want to allow customers to haggle, factor it into your pricing.
3. Have Plenty of Change
The day before the sale, go to the bank and get small bills and change. Have plenty of $1s, $5s and coins. Make sure you have a secure box for the money you make (a coffee can with a slit cut in the lid will work). If you cannot make change, you could lose the sale.
4. Be Prepared
In the weeks prior to your sale, begin saving shopping bags to give to customers. Purchase a calculator and a black marker, for each person helping you work the sale. Be sure to have plenty of extra price tags handy, as you may want to lower prices as the day goes on. Making it convenient for your customers will help you make more sales.
Put up flyers, post on your social media networks and put a sign on your lawn. There are plenty of people who live for yard sales and if you advertise, they will come. If you put up signs on telephone poles, be sure to remove them at the end of the day.