9/15 Sidewalk Sale: Tips & Tricks

Sidewalk Sale 7The BHDA sidewalk sale day is almost here. If you haven’t been to the sidewalk sale before, you might be a little confused about what it actually is. Plain and simple: it’s our garage sale day – not all of us have garages, but we all have sidewalks. From 8 am to 3 pm on September 15th, 2017, rain or shine, treasures will be unearthed from the depths of our homes, lugged outside, and sold to eager buyers. It’s a lot of fun!

Here are some tips and tricks to make your sidewalk sale day great:

For Buyers
1) Get a map at any sale location. Maps show where every sale is and provide a brief description of the items for sale.

2) Bring small bills. Having exact change is appreciated by sellers and speeds you on your way to the next sale location.

3) Strike while the iron is hot. If you see something you like, don’t hesitate. It might not be there later.

For Sellers

1) Clearly price everything ahead of time. You don’t want to answer the question “How much is this?” a million times. To make pricing quick and easy, use colored stickers to denote prices (red sticker = $1) and try to keep items of the same price together (e.g. items on this table are $2 each). Also, don’t use duct tape or masking tape for pricing. The residue is difficult to remove, especially after sitting in the sun. If you need pricing recommendations, try:

Real Simple Magazine’s Garage Sale Pricing GuideSidewalk Sale 3

WikiHow’s How to Price Yard Sale Items

2) Have plenty of bags and newspaper on hand. If you have a lot of small and/or fragile items to sell, wrapping can take a lot of time. Set up a “wrap it yourself” table for buyers.

3) Have plenty of small bills and change. Chances are, you’ll need more than you think so a trip to the bank might be in order.

4) Try to test electronics before the sale. If you can’t, have an extension cord/outlet and batteries available for shoppers to test items themselves.

5) Don’t forget to thoroughly check dresser drawers and pockets of clothing and handbags before selling them. You don’t want to sell a jacket for $3 with a $20 bill in the pocket.

7) Have a plan on how to manage the money. Dust off that 1980’s fanny pack. It’s a good way to keep your cash handy and secure.

8) Having trouble deciding what to keep and what to sell? Check out Marie Kondo’s best seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” Marie’s serious. Your life will change…

9) Decide on what to do with any unsold items. Consider donating your items to a good cause. Many non-profit thrift stores will even send someone to pick up your items. And, ask for a receipt in order to claim a tax deduction.

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