Yard Sales Are Eco-Friendly Fun For The Fam­ily

Riverbank News - - 209 LIVING -

Yard sales are a fa­mil­iar sight on week­ends and nice days, when home­own­ers post signs on tele­phone poles and com­mu­nity mes­sage boards in the hopes of lur­ing passersby to swing by their homes and check out what they have to of­fer. While many peo­ple visit yard sales look­ing for an­tiques or other unique items that likely can’t be found at tra­di­tional re­tail­ers, yard sale shop­pers should know that their ef­forts can be great for the en­vi­ron­ment. Shop­pers can browse through gen­tly used items that no longer serve util­ity for the seller but may be just what buy­ers are look­ing for. Rather than throw­ing out be­long­ings that get lit­tle use, peo­ple who or­ga­nize a sale are re­duc­ing their con­tri­bu­tions to nearby land­fills. With yard sale sea­son in full swing, the fol­low­ing are some tips for buy­ers and sell­ers alike. Buy­ers Map out your sales. Look at ad­ver­tise­ments and plot which sales you plan to visit. If you have spe­cific items in mind to buy, you may have to visit sev­eral sales be­fore you find what you need. Buy only what you need. Don’t be tempted to stock up sim­ply be­cause the deals are good. De­cide whether an item will be put to good use or you’ll be sell­ing it your­self in a week’s time. Leave young kids at home. Many kids will grow bored af­ter the first yard sale, if not ear­lier. Hire a sit­ter and shop un­en­cum­bered. Bring small bills. In a world where credit and debit cards pre­vail, yard sales stand out as cash-only en­deav­ors. Save the seller the has­sle of break­ing big bills and us­ing up all of his or her change by bring­ing along small de­nom­i­na­tions and even some change. Shop with a plan. If you are look­ing for some­thing spe­cific, you have the best chance of find­ing it by shop­ping early. For the best bar­gains, shop­ping to­ward the end of the sales may gar­ner some deep dis­counts. Sell­ing Ad­ver­tise the sale. The more shop­pers the bet­ter, so ad­ver­tis­ing your yard sale can be ad­van­ta­geous. Put an ad in your lo­cal news­pa­per. Some pa­pers have com­mu­nity cal­en­dar sec­tions where they also can make men­tion of the sale. Place signs around your neigh­bor­hood. Be aware that there are or­di­nances that govern where sig­nage can be lo­cated. Check with your town’s mu­nic­i­pal of­fice to de­ter­mine if you need any per­mits for your signs or the yard sale it­self. Make sure signs are leg­i­ble for driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans alike. Avoid yard sales on ma­jor hol­i­day week­ends. Many peo­ple are away, and you may not get the traf­fic you’re hop­ing for. Have a nice dis­play. First impressions can mean a lot. Buy­ers are more apt to visit neat, well-laid-out sales than those that are just a bunch of boxes that have to be dug through. Be rea­son­able when pric­ing items. Be ob­jec­tive in your as­sess­ment of your things. What has value to you may not have as much value to some­one else. Pric­ing items at one-third of their ini­tial cost is a good start­ing point. This leaves room for ne­go­ti­a­tion.

Whether you are the yard sale shop­per or seller, fol­low­ing some guide­lines can make your ex­pe­ri­ence more suc­cess­ful.

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