Whether you are buying or selling this weekend at the post-wide garage sales on Fort Riley, you can get more bang for your buck (and more buck in your pocket) by planning ahead and being yard-sale savvy.
If you plan to go walking this weekend, make sure you have an idea of what items you might be looking for and what prices are reasonable. Some great things to look for include:
- Winter clothes for your kids (buy in larger sizes too for the next year)
- Boots, snowsuits, and other snow gear
- Books and gently-used toys for gifts
- Fall decor
- DVD’s, games, and music
- Baby equipment including strollers, clothes, playpens, etc.
Make sure you bring enough cash and small bills with you as not every seller will have change. If you are interested in something but not sure about prices, take note of the home address and come back later. Often a seller will be more willing to give you a bargain towards the end of sales.
It is not uncommon for sellers to give away items that are leftover if you are willing to haul it away for them.
If you don’t see prices marked always ask. If you are buying clothes or other items in a larger quantity, ask for a deal. Offer them a set amount for a bag of clothes, stack of cd’s or other items in bulk.
Never be afraid to bargain. Oftentimes sellers have high hopes of making money but quickly realize that their prices are driving business away.
The key to having a successful yard sale is always marketing. Displaying your items attractively and making sure the prices are fair go a long way towards making browsers into buyers.
Your sale begins 2-3 days before the actual event if you list your address and some key items on sites such as Craigslist or Riley Bookoo.
The items you sell might have sentimental or personal value, but never forget that at a yard-sale, bargaining and cheap buys reign supreme. The more flexible you are in your prices, the more likely you will be to make serious money. If you want higher prices for your items you might consider taking them to a consignment shop.
Remember that buyers are only going to have a limited amount of cash on their bodies as they are going through dozens of yards looking for that something special. You want to capitalize on that potential by following the tips above.
By remaining flexible, fair, and friendly; buyers and sellers alike will get what they bargained for this weekend.