For the frugal family in Long Beach, a yard sale is a great way to declutter your home and make a little cash at the same time. Make the yard sale a family event by assigning age-appropriate “jobs” to your children during the yard sale. Older children can assist customers with pricing and carrying items to the car. Younger children can put items in bags or simply hold it open for mom as she bags a customer’s goods.
Before you hold your yard sale you’ll need to apply for a Garage Sale Permit through the City of Long Beach and pay the $17.00 fee at time of application. After receiving your permit, follow these three tips to ensure a successful yard sale.
No one will come to your yard sale if they don’t know about it. Advertise early in multiple locations. Craigslist has a section specifically for yard/garage sales. Garage Sale Cow is a website dedicated to posting and searching for local garage sales. Check out their tips on twitter @GarageSaleCow. Recycler let’s you advertise your garage sale online and in their print mailer sent out to Long Beach residents every Tuesday.
The day of the yard sale, post at least 4 to 5 posters around your main intersections. Include your address and arrows directing customers to your home. Attaching a balloon or two will help draw attention to your sign.
2. Price your items
Spend some time before your yard sale going through your items and pricing them. Don’t waste your time trying to price every single little item. Price the big ticket items like furniture, lamps, small kitchen appliances, large kids’ toys, etc. For smaller items or items with multiples, place them on a table or in a box and charge a flat price. For example, you might have a box of clothes for $.50/item and another box of clothes that go for $1.00/item.
Set up early. In Long Beach, yard sales are limited to the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm. You’ll want to begin setting up by 7:00am or 7:30am depending on how much stuff you have and how much help you have. Place large items like furniture in front to draw attention. You want potential customers to actually park the car and get out for a closer look. Have a table or an area to “check out” your customers. That way a customer won’t be wandering around trying to figure out whom to pay. Your customers are likely to buy only what they can carry in their hands. If you have extra paper or plastic bags on hand use them to bag items. Have lots of dollars and quarters on hand. Don’t lose out on a sale because you didn’t have enough change.
Happy Yard Sale-ing!