yard sale http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6220/all en-US Convert Your Crap Into Cash Without a Garage Sale http://www.wisebread.com/convert-your-crap-into-cash-without-a-garage-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/convert-your-crap-into-cash-without-a-garage-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-clothes-176758449-small.jpg" alt="girl clothes" title="girl clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="151" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all have extra stuff lying around that we'd love to pawn off for cash &mdash; in theory. But let's face it. Organizing a garage sale can be sort of like planning a dinner party without the payoff of good friends, good conversation, and a couple of refreshing gin and tonics. All that sorting and polishing and sticker-tagging and sign-making &mdash; not to mention the time you'll spend trying to shoo the neighbor who wants to take home your kid's $500 barely used air hockey table for 20 bucks &mdash; and you might not even earn enough to cover your expenses for that bottle of upholstery cleaner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets?ref=seealso">Have Your Best Yard Sale Ever</a>)</p> <p>Fortunately, it's true what they say: One man's trash is another man's treasure. The trick to making this maxim work for you is finding the right platform that will put your well-cared-for Coach purse before the eyes of fashionistas who deeply value the absence of scratch marks on the leather strap.</p> <p>The Internet is a brilliant resource for reaching your best-bet buyers. So is your flesh-and-blood network of family and friends. Here's our guide to getting the biggest bang for your leftovers and unwanteds using the basics of target marketing. It's all about finding your niche.</p> <h2>1. Clothing</h2> <p>The founder of <a href="http://www.threadflip.com/">ThreadFlip</a> launched the up-and-coming online marketplace for second-hand garments and accessories two years ago after taking a peek at his wife's cluttered closet. What struck him was that most of the overflow was comprised of perfectly fashionable, cared-for pieces that she never even wears. When he asked his wife and other women why they hold on to clothing they know they'll never put on, they gave him the same answer: &quot;<a href="http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/site-to-be-seen-threadflip-com/?_php=true&amp;_type=blogs&amp;_r=0">It's too hard to do anything else with them</a>.</p> <p>Sites like eBay and Etsy work great, too, but ThreadFlip offers the added benefit of a niche audience. This is fashionistas selling to other fashionistas, so you're bound to rake in more cash for those peach-colored stilettos than if you were to try and hawk them on a generalized resale site. (Another excellent option for pre-owned luxury clothing and accessories is <a href="http://www.portero.com/">Portero</a>).</p> <p>When you sell on ThreadFlip, the site helps you lure in buyers by marketing your items with high resolution photos. (If you're clumsy with a camera, you can fork over a higher percentage of your earnings and the company will handle the photography for you.) Once you hook a buyer, an empty box arrives at your doorstep. Simply fill it with the items you've sold and call for a pickup. ThreadFlip will ship the box directly to the buyer, and for this the site takes a 20% cut of the sale.</p> <h2>2. Furniture</h2> <p>It's not easy &mdash; nor cheap nor in any way desirable &mdash; to sell a couch by mail. Sites that facilitate resale transactions with buyers right in your local community are your best bet for larger items, like furniture, swing sets, and pinball machines, that are too cumbersome for the postal service.</p> <p>While Craigslist is well-known, <a href="https://krrb.com/">Krrb</a> (pronounced &quot;curb&quot;) is a newer hyperlocal classifieds platform that's on the rise in popularity. The 75,000-member online consignment boutique caters to the bargain hunter with sophisticated taste. High-end furniture pieces go for anywhere <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25/bargain-furniture-websites_n_5503904.html?ir=HuffPost+Home">between $800 and $10,000</a> depending on condition and style. Recent listings include a Victorian aquarium, 19th century furnishings, and a vintage mahogany sideboard. There's also <a href="https://krrb.com/posts/76154-2-wild-goat-taxidermy?rf=everywhere">a pair of taxidermy goats</a> that's going for $1,500.</p> <p>In most cases, the buyers on sites like Craigslist and Krrb are willing to come to you. And it's on them to hire a truck to transport the antique bed and night stands. All you have to do is hold out your hand. Ahh, how good it feels to have a fistful of cold, hard cash.</p> <h2>3. Electronics</h2> <p>Here's the good news: Amazon will buy your old electronics in exchange for money to spend on Amazon. And considering the breadth and depth of the Amazon marketplace, credit for this online shopping site is nearly as good as cash.</p> <p>It works like this: Check the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Electronics-Trade-In/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2226766011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WVMW4DSEZF3VHV4Y">trade-in page</a> to see if your old cell phone or video game console is eligible for the gift-card program. (Books are also applicable.) Then package up your gadgets and send them off to Amazon. The company will even pay for the shipping. Once the company receives the items, your Amazon account will be credited in about two business days.</p> <p>Amazon doesn't have a monopoly on the electronics trade-in industry, although its service in this department is streamlined and immensely easy. Still, there are other options to explore. <a href="http://www.nextworth.com/">Nextworth</a> and <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=606138&amp;u=255320&amp;m=45652&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=">Gazelle</a> offer similar trade-in programs with an added benefit: They'll actually send you a check for your outdated iPad. On the downside, Nextworth can often take upwards of 10 days to reimburse you while Gazelle tends to lowball its offering price.</p> <h2>4. Valuables That Aren't Selling Online</h2> <p>There are certain items you won't want to part with unless you're getting what they're worth. Diamond earrings. The teak end-table. Those leather boots you bought on your honeymoon in Italy. You know they are high-value items, even if the bid amounts on your eBay auction suggest otherwise.</p> <p>Chances are that at least some of your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors share in your taste and would love to go on a shopping spree at your house. So why not let them? Simply price the items you want to sell and invite a group of people over to browse.</p> <p>Or, take a hint from the minimalist, world-traveling duo Warren and Betsy Talbot and host a <a href="http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/how-to-host-a-reverse-birthday-party/">Reverse Birthday Party</a>. The next time your birthday comes around, examine the stuff in your house and stick price tags on all those beautiful, loved items that you could only bear to part with for a fair price. Then invite over the friends and family members you know will appreciate just as you do that antique farmhouse spinning wheel or the cutesy Christmas china set and let 'em loose. In lieu of gifts, your guests will be doing you a favor by spending that gift money &mdash; and then some, if all goes to plan &mdash; on all that exquisite stuff you need to part with in order to declutter your life.</p> <p>Take whatever's left over to a brick-and-mortar consignment shop.</p> <p><em>How have you turned your old stuff into cash without bothering with a yard sale? Please share your secrets in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/convert-your-crap-into-cash-without-a-garage-sale">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-dumbest-big-purchases-people-make">The 7 Dumbest Big Purchases People Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-proven-ways-to-save-real-money-at-garage-sales">3 Proven Ways to Save Real Money at Garage Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">The stuff I try never to buy new</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Lifestyle Shopping consignment declutter garage sale selling used yard sale Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1160270 at http://www.wisebread.com Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yard-sale-83590591-small_0.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="139" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time again. De-clutterers unite! After a big spring cleaning of your house, it's time to unload your unwanted items and put some extra cash in your own pocket. Why not sell like the big boys do?</p> <h2>1. Advertise, Advertise, Advertise</h2> <p>Big box retailers know the power of advertising when it comes to the big one day sale. But you don't have to take a full page ad out in the Sunday circular to attract a crowd full of buyers to your next garage sale. Classified ads in hard copy can eat into your budget, so unless you're splitting the cost and having a giant multi-family sale, consider free advertising instead on venues such as <a href="http://www.patch.com/">Patch.com</a>, <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites">Craigslist</a>, <a href="http://estatesales.net/">estatesales.net</a>, and <a href="http://estatesales.org/">estatesales.org</a>.</p> <p>In addition to your personal Facebook page, many towns are now sprouting community Facebook pages where you can advertise your sale as well as post photos to attract friends and neighbors. Or, do things the old fashioned way &mdash; call or write.</p> <p>Send a blanket email to everyone in your contact list advertising your sale and include photos of big ticket items, with lots of descriptive keywords. (I thought I'd never get rid of old albums from the 60s and 70s, and I was pleasantly surprised at how many people responded to my email blast).</p> <p>Helaine Fendelman, a nationally recognized authority in the arts, antiques, and collectibles field recommends sellers pick up the phone and call buyers who might be interested in the items to be sold, and invite them specifically to come to the sale.</p> <p>Of course, posting signs on telephone poles never hurt &mdash; and may attract impulse buyers out for a Sunday drive. Just remember to take them down when the sale is over.</p> <h2>2. Presentation Is Everything</h2> <p>A well-organized (and clean) store makes for a pleasant shopping experience. The same is true for your yard sale.</p> <p>Assemble larger or higher end items in front and group similar items together. Designating areas for furniture, clothes, toys, electronic devices, and books will make it easier for customers to browse. Have a few power strips handy to test electric devices such as stereo equipment. (Or have them plugged in and working, with pleasant music playing.)</p> <p>Attract last-minute shoppers to your sale towards the end of the day by tossing several items into a very large box marked &quot;free.&quot; Display stuffed animals or other miscellaneous toys in baskets or colorful bins.</p> <p>Remember, neatness counts. Items covered in dust from the attic or basement will sell faster when cleaned or polished. Put loose parts into clear storage bags. Arrange smaller pieces attractively on multiple levels on tables by placing them on top of shoe boxes or other sturdy small boxes.</p> <p>If you have a friend who has a knack for displaying items in and around his or her home, chances are they can do the same at your garage sale. Ask for her or his help and in return, offer to sell some of his or her unwanted items.</p> <h2>3. Pricing: Become an Expert</h2> <p>Do a quick search on eBay for the exact same items you have. If you find a match, print out the information with prices and attach to the goods, so customers can see their &quot;potential&quot; worth (and what a great bargain they are getting!). And if you watch enough Antiques Road Show episodes, you'll know you should probably open an old book to see if it's a first printing before tossing into a box for a quarter. (I almost did that with a John Steinbeck novel at my last tag sale.)</p> <p>However, if the purpose is to get rid of all the stuff you don't use or need any longer, and you're just as happy to see someone get a real bargain rather than spend time researching, set your prices as low as possible (and be prepared for even more haggling). I once went to a garage sale that had a sign that read &quot;Name Your Own Price Yard Sale.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Add Ons &mdash; A Profitable Selling Tactic</h2> <p>Scoring a great deal on a designer dress at your favorite retailer's one-day sale allows more money to be freed up for matching shoes and a new bag, and perhaps some jewelry.</p> <p>When personal stylist <a href="http://www.stelladot.com/sites/madelinegerris">Madeline Gerris</a> is hosting a Stella and Dot trunk show, she sizes up what a client is wearing and then coordinates accessories accordingly. &quot;If jewelry or accessories are on your yard sale table, have mirrors handy. Observe what folks are wearing and let them know you have the perfect bag, necklace, earrings, etc. that would match that outfit they are wearing quite nicely. If you have clothes for sale as well, pair up accessories with clothing items when the buyer is ready to purchase.&quot;</p> <h2>5. The Art of the Deal</h2> <p>Practice your negotiation skills! If someone is interested in an item, deal with them on the spot. This might be the only person who expresses interest in that item the entire sale.</p> <p>Have plenty of single dollar bills on hand and don't sell any item for less than a buck, even if it means selling two or more items for a dollar. The time you spend looking around for nickels and quarters will eat into your valuable time (not to mention patience). Wouldn't you rather spend your energy striking a bargain with someone interested in a piece of furniture or sports equipment?</p> <p>Be firm with bargain hunters and run your garage sale as if you were the owner of a discount retail shop. Be prepared for low ball offers and don't take things personally or become insulted with customers looking to get everything for a quarter.</p> <p>Be kind with children &mdash; if there is a toy you don't mind parting with, hand it to the child in front of the parent and offer it as a gift. A small gesture may make a customer more inclined to make additional purchases.</p> <p>Don't accept checks from anyone you don't know. Prepare for those low on cash by using a mobile app like <a href="https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/credit-card-reader-how-to">PayPal</a> to accept credit card payments.</p> <h2>6. Organize Pre-Sales and Post Sales</h2> <p>Ever notice some back to school sales start in July? While you may not need that much lead time before Saturday's big event, <a href="http://www.arrangingitall.com/about_us.php">Barry Izsak</a>, past president of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) recommends you start your sale on Thursday or Friday and get a jump start on the weekend garage sale games.</p> <p>Afterwards, and about two hours before you're about to call it quits, slash prices in half. Make one large &quot;50% off everything&quot; sign, and post it in front of the sale. Combine items for special discounts, or offer the &quot;buy one get one free&quot; items.</p> <h2>7. Those Darn Early Birds</h2> <p>Businesses don't open before the crack of dawn, so why should your garage sale?</p> <p>Some experts in the industry say do not allow any pre-selling the morning of, as that will lead to cherry picking, or worse &mdash; catching you off guard before your first cup of coffee. If you're easily distracted, a poor decision could cost you later.</p> <p>The presence of the family dog, no matter how friendly, also tends to ward off folks looking to go through your items before they are neatly arranged.</p> <p>Be firm with early birds, or consider adding the words &quot;early birds pay double&quot; to your advertising campaign.</p> <h2>8. Take a Tip From Successful Non-Profits</h2> <p>Consider donating a portion of your profits from your next tag sale to a local charity.</p> <p>Rick Ostberg, General Manager for a New Jersey <a href="http://www.morrisrestore.org/">Habitat for Humanity's ReStore</a> says, &quot;When folks know profits from the sale of goods will be put to good use, they tend to buy more &mdash; especially when the prices are sold at deep discounts.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Snacks and Refreshments</h2> <p>Nothing puts people in a better mood than food. And while you don't have to provide free hot dogs and rent a popcorn machine to rope folks into your yard sale, you may want to consider offering or selling snacks.</p> <p>Enlist the help of your children (or grandchildren) and encourage them to set up their own side business at your garage sale, selling lemonade and cookies. Or provide or sell small bags of popcorn, cookies or bottled water for your customers. The added benefit of selling or providing snacks will also put your shoppers in a better mood, and bargain hunters may just linger a bit longer at your sale.</p> <p><em>What worked for you at your last yard sale? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linda-condrillo">Linda Condrillo</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">How to Have a Successful Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-things-to-do-with-your-spare-change">25 Great Things to Do With Your Spare Change</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb — and Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income General Tips garage sale merchandising yard sale Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:00:21 +0000 Linda Condrillo 1141853 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Throwing a Yard Sale When You Live in an Apartment http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-throwing-a-yard-sale-when-you-live-in-an-apartment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-throwing-a-yard-sale-when-you-live-in-an-apartment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yard-sale-479118-small.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on throwing a yard sale if you live in an apartment, networking for jobs, and children and allowance.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/06/20/how-to-throw-a-yard-sale-when-youre-an-apartment-dweller/">How to throw a yard sale when you're an apartment dweller</a> &mdash; If you want to throw a yard sale but live in an apartment, participate in a community garage sale. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/06/network-for-jobs.html">Network for Jobs</a> &mdash; When networking for a job, take the time to plan it out. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/children-and-allowance-when-to-start-and-how-much/">Children and Allowance - When to Start and How Much</a> &mdash; It is important to determine the work your child must do in order to get an allowance before you decide on how much of an allowance to give them. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/15-tips-for-shopping-consignment-sales">15 Tips for Shopping Consignment Sales</a> &mdash; Look for different brands and know the return policy when shopping consignment sales. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/06/19/a-frugal-travelers-guide-to-cheap-lodging">A Frugal Traveler's Guide to Cheap Lodging</a> &mdash; To save money on lodging, purchase a package deal and use online reviews sensibly. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://barbarafriedbergpersonalfinance.com/part-time-jobs-for-retirees/">4 Part Time Jobs For Retirees</a> &mdash; Retirees can take on the part time job of writing ebooks. [Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/06/19/why-the-small-stuff-matters/">Why the Small Stuff Matters</a> &mdash; The small stuff matters when it comes to your finances because you are more likely to do the small stuff more often than the big stuff. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Get-Email-Response-30778830">8 Tips to Up Your Chances of Getting an Email Response</a> &mdash; Keeping your email short and specific can increase your chances of getting a response. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/06/17/how-to-help-your-family-after-you-are-gone/">How to help your family after you are gone</a> &mdash; To help your family in the event of your death, make sure you've completed an advance healthcare directive form. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2013/06/what-debt-do-i-pay-off-first/">What Debt Do I Pay Off First?</a> &mdash; When deciding which debt to pay off first, you can start with the debt with the smallest balance or the one with the highest interest. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-throwing-a-yard-sale-when-you-live-in-an-apartment">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets">Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-advertise-your-yard-sale">Great Ways to Advertise Your Yard Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">How to Have a Successful Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income apartment best money tips yard sale Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980084 at http://www.wisebread.com Great Ways to Advertise Your Yard Sale http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-advertise-your-yard-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/great-ways-to-advertise-your-yard-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6733886813_466a36dd6d_z.jpg" alt="yard sale sign" title="yard sale sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;m in the process of packing for a cross-country move. By the time I was three boxes in, I was committed to making sure that I had to move as little as possible, so I scheduled a yard sale. I&rsquo;m in a particularly tough location to rely on people driving by and stopping to shop &mdash; I live on a dead end with no through traffic. So I went into advertising mode. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">How to Have a Successful Garage Sale</a>)</p> <p>Depending on the details of your yard sale, you may want to tweak your advertising plans to make sure that you&rsquo;re getting the information in front of people who are actually likely to buy. These options target a general audience, but if you&rsquo;ll be selling something very specific that you know a certain type of person will be interested in, like supplies for a certain hobby, reach out directly to that audience, such as by emailing the local groups that practice that hobby.</p> <h2>Your Social Networks</h2> <p>I know that my friends have a lot of the same interests I do, so when I decided to hold a yard sale, my first step was to set up a public Facebook event and invite all of my friends in the area. I listed some of the items that I thought they&rsquo;d all be interested in and got a huge response. In fact, I got a few requests from out-of-state from people who saw something on the list and were willing to pay to have me ship something their way!</p> <p>Of course, you can take your advertising offline and tell your social groups in person. Making a point of mentioning your garage sale at work and at social events can have a similar impact.</p> <h2>Put Up Signs</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s tried and true &mdash; putting up signs in your neighborhood will always help bring shoppers to your yard sale. I put up signs from the closest high traffic route straight up to my house, with arrows at each turn. Make sure your signs are big enough to be easily read from a distance. A single sheet of paper probably won&rsquo;t cut it &mdash; invest in some poster board and think big.</p> <h2>Advertise in the Classifieds</h2> <p>There are plenty of places that you can advertise your garage sale inexpensively or even for free. Personally, I rely on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist">Craigslist</a> because it&rsquo;s free and easy to post to. But local newspapers and newsletters will often let you publish a classified ad for only a few dollars. You do have to plan these ads further out &mdash; at a minimum, you&rsquo;ll probably need to place your ad a week before your yard sale.</p> <h2>The Yard Sale Sites</h2> <p>There are some devoted yard sale shoppers out there, and they follow certain sites closely, particularly because they include listings of local yard sales. <a href="http://www.yardsalesearch.com/">Yard Sale Search</a> and <a href="http://www.garagesalestracker.com/">Garage Sales Tracker</a> are good places to start.</p> <h2>Community Bulletin Boards and Newsletters</h2> <p>In your area, there are probably plenty of different opportunities to connect with your neighbors &mdash; the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-why-you-should-support-your-local-library">library</a> or church or grocery store down the street may have a community bulletin board that you can post to. The neighborhood or community association may have a newsletter where you can send out updates. It&rsquo;s just a matter of getting your yard sale listed.</p> <h2>Be Creative</h2> <p>You can do as much or as little advertising as you&rsquo;d like for your yard sale. Doing a little more, of course, increases the chances that you&rsquo;ll sell everything you&rsquo;d like to. If you&rsquo;re not sure if you&rsquo;ve reached enough people through these advertising options, get creative. It&rsquo;s just a matter of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-yard-sale">telling as many people as you possibly can</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-advertise-your-yard-sale">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally">10 Ways to Get Rid of Stuff Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-your-body-to-science">6 Ways to Sell Your Body to Science</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Extra Income advertising declutter downsizing yard sale Thu, 04 Oct 2012 09:48:44 +0000 Thursday Bram 954800 at http://www.wisebread.com Help From a Former Pack Rat: Getting Rid of Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/help-from-a-former-pack-rat-getting-rid-of-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/help-from-a-former-pack-rat-getting-rid-of-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/881954218_72b90cbc19_z.jpg" alt="garage sale" title="garage sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="170" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am writing to you from the trenches &mdash; my parents' house in New Hampshire &mdash; where the me of today is engaged in battle with the pack rat me of the past. Our battlefield is the drawers, boxes, and bins full of stuff that I left here. Right now, I am happy to say that I am winning &mdash; although the fight has not been easy.</p> <p>Overcoming my pack rat tendencies over the past several years has taken some serious work. Part of the trouble is that, on the surface, being a pack rat can seem very frugal &mdash; it's easy to justify keeping stuff by telling yourself that you're saving it to reuse. For example, I used to craft a lot &mdash; but when I realized that I had multiple bins of craft supplies sitting around, untouched for <em>years</em>, I had to admit that I had a problem. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-living-lessons-i-learned-from-hoarders">Simple-Living Lessons I Learned From&nbsp;&quot;Hoarders&quot;</a>)</p> <p>Below are some of the things that have helped me get rid of stuff &mdash; and if you've had a pack rat past, I hope they can help you too.</p> <h2>1. Set a Deadline</h2> <p>People who are able to get things done without deadlines, I salute you. But for me (and so many people I know), a deadline really helps drive productivity. Whether it's something big, like moving, or just agreeing to participate in a neighborhood yard sale, set a deadline to get yourself sorting through stuff.</p> <h2>2. Ask When You'll Use It</h2> <p>This isn't the same as <em>how</em> you'll use it. It's easy enough to look at a bag of yarn and tell yourself &ldquo;Oh, I'll pick up knitting again sometime.&rdquo; If you haven't used an item in the last six months and you can't see yourself using it in the next six months, toss it. If you do decide you want to knit again, there's always a good chance someone else will be selling their old gear around that time.</p> <h2>3. Work With a Voice of Reason</h2> <p>It's easy to argue with yourself about whether or not you'll use something and then get frustrated. Ask a trusted friend or loved one to help you sort through stuff and provide another perspective.</p> <h2>4. Get Excited About Making Money</h2> <p>Hey, you don't just have to get rid of stuff &mdash; you can sell it. Whether it's at a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">yard sale</a>, on Craigslist, or via eBay, getting excited about the extra cash your old stuff might bring in can help you get active.</p> <h2>5. Experience the Joy of Giving</h2> <p>I'm not ready to have kids yet, but many of my friends and cousins have started having children...while I still have toys from when I was a kid sitting in my parents' basement. Yikes! But that means I also get to be the awesome person who bestows gifts on all of my friends' kids, and if you haven't seen a kid open a gift recently, let me tell you &mdash; it's pretty joyful.</p> <h2>6. Take Pictures</h2> <p>Digital photographs don't take up physical space &mdash; unlike the piles of middle and high school art I have. Now, when I'm throwing out art, I always take a digital picture first. That way I can still see my bizarre artwork if I really want to (and I'm serious about the bizarre part &mdash; earlier today I found a colored-pencil drawing I did of Scully from &quot;The X-Files&quot; standing near a phone booth on an abstract, multicolor background) without having to carry things around.</p> <h2>7. Go Through Again</h2> <p>I thought it was a good idea to keep some photos from my college photography class...until, when I was going through another closet, I found even better versions of the photos I decided to keep. Revisit what you've decided to keep. After you have a better sense of the big picture, you might be more willing to part with things you had previously decided to save.</p> <h2>8. Save Some Stuff...or Don't</h2> <p>There are two ways to approach what to keep, I think, and it all depends on what matters to you. I'm keeping a small selection of photographs, journals, and items that really matter to me. It makes it easier to get rid of other things when I think about how truly important these items are.</p> <p>At the same time, getting rid of everything can really help you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/balancing-living-in-the-now-with-planning-for-the-future">focus on the present</a>. The important thing is to spend some time thinking about what really matters to you.</p> <h2>9. Remember the Joy of Simplicity</h2> <p>To not be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-tyranny-of-stuff">bogged down with stuff</a>, to not be paralyzed by too many choices, to live without clutter &mdash; these things are wonderful. Remember that as you get rid of things. Even if you can't sell something, even if you have to give it away for free &mdash; in many ways, you are not losing, you are gaining.</p> <p><em>Are you a former (or current) pack rat? What helps you get rid of stuff? Leave you answer in the comments below. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-from-a-former-pack-rat-getting-rid-of-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally">10 Ways to Get Rid of Stuff Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter">8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-basement-you-should-throw-out-today">10 Things in Your Basement You Should Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization declutter how to get rid of things simple life yard sale Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:36:16 +0000 Meg Favreau 942702 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6474737849_27a0207f89_z-1.jpg" alt="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" title="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540333"><em>Autumn</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540448"><em>kristina</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540047"><em>Tom</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Everyone has items in their house or in storage that they don't need or want anymore. Whether it's an old TV that never gets used or items of clothing your kids outgrew, odds are you've either sold, donated, or thrown away things you no longer use or just don't need. Some people take the time to sell stuff on Craigslist or have a yard sale while others either donate or throw away their unwanted stuff.</p> <p><b>How do you get rid of your unwanted stuff?</b><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Do you sell it on Craigslist? Have a garage sale? Donate it? Or do you just throw it out?</span></p> <p>Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: How Do You Give? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers craigslist donations eBay selling trash yard sale Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 941366 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Host a Yard Sale http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-yard-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-yard-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1356228081_f132e8db8c_z-1.jpg" alt="How to Host a Yard Sale" title="How to Host a Yard Sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on hosting a yard sale, shopping smarter for crafts, and frugal health and beauty tips.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/05/29/how-to-host-a-yard-sale/">How to Host a Yard Sale</a> &mdash; When hosting a yard sale, remember to advertise effectively and think like a customer. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Craft-Store-23337197">6 Ways To Shop Smarter For Crafts</a> &mdash; Be smart when shopping for crafts by purchasing off-season items. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/frugal-health-and-beauty-tips-look-good/">Frugal Health and Beauty Tips: Look Good &amp; Save $800 A Year</a> &mdash; To save money on beauty, give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2012/05/increasing-net-worth-for-financial-freedom/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+budgetsaresexy+%28Budgets+are+Sexy.%29">The Two Parts To Increasing Net Worth</a> &mdash; A key step to increasing your net worth is to lower your expenses. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financefox.ca/5-full-proof-ways-to-beat-rising-gas-prices/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=5-full-proof-ways-to-beat-rising-gas-prices">5 Fool Proof Ways To Beat Rising Gas Prices</a> &mdash; Save money on gas by not filling up your tank during the middle of the week when prices are the highest. [Finance Fox]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/throw-a-thrifty-summer-bash-by-planning-a-tailgate-party/">Throw a Thrifty Summer Bash by Planning a Tailgate Party</a> &mdash; If you are planning a summer tailgate party, keep the menu flexible and prepare as much as you can in advance. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/make-your-retirement-dollars-stretch-further-with-part-time-employment/">Make Your Retirement Dollars Stretch Further With Part-Time Employment</a> &mdash; Working part time in retirement allows you to enjoy free time while working a reduced work schedule. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/want-a-little-extra-money-you-might-already-have-some/">Want a Little Extra Money? You Might Already Have Some</a> &mdash; Check out missingmoney.com to see if you have any missing money! [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dollarversity.com/mistakes-new-graduates-should-avoid-when-applying-for-jobs/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dollarversity+%28DollarVersity+%3A+A+distinctive+voice+standing+out+from+the+crowd%29">Mistakes New Grads Should Avoid When Applying For A Job</a> &mdash; When applying for a job, new grads should remember to research the company they are applying to and have a backup plan. [Dollarversity]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/road-trip-roundup-tips-for-surviving-summer-car-trips">Road Trip Roundup: Surviving Summer Car Trips With Kids</a> &mdash; Make your summer road trip with the kids more tolerable by playing games or letting them hold the map and navigate. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/04/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat-7">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-yard-sale">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-proven-ways-to-save-real-money-at-garage-sales">3 Proven Ways to Save Real Money at Garage Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets">Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">How to Have a Successful Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/convert-your-crap-into-cash-without-a-garage-sale">Convert Your Crap Into Cash Without a Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips garage sale yard sale Thu, 31 May 2012 10:00:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 932384 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Tips for Yard Sale Success http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-yard-sale-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-for-yard-sale-success" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1357082362_f34c658249_z-1.jpg" alt="Tips For Yard Sale Success" title="Tips For Yard Sale Success" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on tips for yard sale success, going green, and saving on your next family vacation.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/tips-for-yard-sale-success/">13 Tips For Yard Sale Success</a> &mdash; To make your yard sale a success, start preparing everything two weeks in advance. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/save-money-on-utilities/">Simple Tips to Go Green, Reduce Energy and Save Money</a> &mdash; Save money on your electric bill and go green by using energy saving power outlets. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://billeater.com/tips/25-ways-save-money-your-next-family-vacation">25 Ways To Save Money On Your Next Family Vacation</a> &mdash; Don't break the bank on your next family vacation! Consider traveling in the off season and find places where kids eat for free. [billeater.com]</p> <p><a href="http://happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2012/04/5-tips-for-resisting-impulse-shopping/">5 Tips For Resisting Impulse Shopping</a> &mdash; Avoid the temptation to impulse shop by having your guard up near the register. [The Happiness Project]</p> <p><a href="http://www.milliondollarjourney.com/cut-the-cable-watch-tv-for-less.htm">Cut the Cable: Watch TV for Less</a> &mdash; Watch TV for less by streaming shows from the Internet. [Million Dollar Journey]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyinfant.com/5-smart-things-to-do-with-your-money/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MoneyInfant+%28Money+Infant%29">5 Smart Things to do With Your Money</a> &mdash; Use your money wisely and invest in a Roth IRA. [Money Infant]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/wooden-toys-make-for-good-fun">Wooden Toys Make for Good Fun</a> &mdash; Even though plastic toys have become increasingly popular, consider getting your child a set of wooden blocks to play with. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Web-Tools-Small-Businesses-22810928">Top 6 Web Tools Small Business Owners Should Rely On</a> &mdash; If you are a small business owner, be sure to check out DropBox and SurveyMonkey. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/robclarfeld/2012/04/25/7-major-errors-in-estate-planning/">7 Major Errors in Estate Planning</a> &mdash; When planning your estate, make sure you have a professional do it as opposed to doing it online. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.learnvest.com/2012/04/made-a-mistake-5-steps-to-saying-i&rsquo;m-sorry/">Made a Mistake? 5 Steps to Saying &quot;I'm Sorry&quot;</a> &mdash; If you made a mistake, react quickly and be honest about it. [LearnVest]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/04/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat-2">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-yard-sale-success">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-proven-ways-to-save-real-money-at-garage-sales">3 Proven Ways to Save Real Money at Garage Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets">Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">How to Have a Successful Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/convert-your-crap-into-cash-without-a-garage-sale">Convert Your Crap Into Cash Without a Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips garage sale yard sale Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:00:11 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 925331 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/street_performer.jpg" alt="Street musician" title="Street musician" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though I&rsquo;m self-employed full-time, I&rsquo;m always looking for new and exciting ways to make more money.</p> <p>Earlier this year, I wrote a Wise Bread post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets ">websites that can help you earn extra cash</a>. More recently, I came across a blog post on Zaarly titled, &quot;<a href="http://blog.zaarly.com/blog/2011/08/17/10-ways-to-make-money-without-a-job/">10 Ways to Make Money Without a Job</a>.&quot; After reviewing the latter post, I thought it was time to revisit the topic and let you in on a few more ways to get paid.</p> <p>The ideas that Zaarly presents are perfect for the unemployed or those who just want to pad their pockets a little more. In addition, there are moonlighting jobs that I do that I thought you should know about. Thus, if you&rsquo;re without a steady paycheck or you just want to build up a rainy-day stash, here are some of your options. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-why-everyone-needs-side-income">4 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Side Income</a>)</p> <h3>1. Offer Experiences to Strangers</h3> <p>I recently learned about a new site called <a href="http://www.vayable.com">Vayable</a>, which allows people with specialized knowledge and talents, local info, and time on their hands to create experiences that others can purchase. It&rsquo;s basically a touring and activity company without the company. Anyone can join the site and set up an experience. For instance, the Kan Brothers offer <a href="http://www.vayable.com/experiences/355-tour-sf-by-motorcycle">motorcycle tours of San Francisco</a> &mdash; which include helmet rental, a drink at a local hotspot, and a city map &mdash; for two to four people at $75 per person. In New York City, Kim G. is offering a <a href="http://www.vayable.com/experiences/427-paint-a-date-friend-or-mate">personalized painting lesson</a> for groups of two to six for a flat rate of $300; the experience includes acrylic paints; canvas board and supplies; studio space; wine, cheese, and crackers; and Kim&rsquo;s undivided attention. Consider this tip if you&rsquo;re interested in joining Vayable &mdash; browse the site to see what other people in your area are offering. By creating a unique experience that no one else has established, you have a better chance of getting booked.</p> <h3>2. Become a Mystery Shopper</h3> <p>Mystery shopping gigs have always been elusive &mdash; until now. I had to pass a written interview to be accepted by Goodwin &amp; Associates Hospitality Services (<a href="http://www.mysteryshopperprogram.com/new-mystery-shoppers.html">and you will, too</a>), but I&rsquo;m enjoying the experience so far. The company maintains a database of available shops from which to choose and allots a dollar amount for each shop. Last week, I accepted an evening shop at Heartland Brewery for the amount of $60. Between my guest and me, we had to purchase one beer and one other drink, an appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert. The $60 fee may not seem like much &mdash; and it isn&rsquo;t (you&rsquo;re not going to walk away with much cash) &mdash; but if you purchase the cheaper menu items and your bill (plus tip) comes in under the allotted fee, you pocket whatever&rsquo;s left over when the company pays you. After dining, however, shoppers are required to detail the experience on a questionnaire and provide a receipt in order to receive the fee. As I mentioned, you won&rsquo;t make much money unless you&rsquo;re thrifty, but at least you&rsquo;ll receive a free meal.</p> <h3>3. Seek Out Odd Jobs on the Internet</h3> <p>So long as Craigslist is around, so too will there be part-time gigs like walking dogs, house cleaning, babysitting, yard work, and more. If you have the skills to accomplish these tasks, by all means get in touch with the poster. Depending on the nature of the job, you can make anywhere from $8 to $60 an hour, usually all cash and under the table. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-lawn-mowers">The 6 Best Lawn Mowers</a>)</p> <h3>4. Have a Garage or Yard Sale</h3> <p>Every one of us has a storage unit, attic, basement, or garage piled high with things that we no longer want or need. So why are they sitting around collecting dust or rotting away? Take a day to clean out the clutter and put them up for sale, whether it&rsquo;s on your front yard or on the Internet. If you have items that you think are more valuable than what you&rsquo;ll get for them at a yard sale, take them to a pawnshop. Pawnshops are great for electronics, musical instruments, jewelry, and tools.</p> <h3>5. Turn Your Space into a Microsublet</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m always singing the praises of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-steps-to-market-your-extra-space-as-a-vacation-rental">microsubletting</a> &mdash; that is, renting out your spare space to travelers &mdash; because, in my opinion, it&rsquo;s the number one way to make a lot of cash with relatively minimal effort. We list our guest bedroom on <a href="http://airbnb.com">Airbnb</a> and <a href="http://roomorama.com">Roomorama</a>, and we&rsquo;re consistently booked. In fact, we&rsquo;re booked up every day until early January 2012. What that means is that travelers are paying us a nightly fee (ours averages $88 per night, but you can set your own) to stay in our home instead of in a pricey hotel. These cost-conscious travelers want a local experience for an affordable fee, and that&rsquo;s what we give them. We also provide an immaculately clean home, free Wi-Fi, HD cable TV, a mini fridge, linens, coffee service, and more.</p> <p>Now you&rsquo;re probably wondering &mdash; doesn&rsquo;t having guests in your home all the time bother you? No (though it does take a certain kind of person to do this), because the guests didn&rsquo;t come to see me. They&rsquo;re here to explore the city. They leave early in the morning and come home after dark. All I do is make sure the house is clean, provide them with welcoming hospitality, and watch my bank account grow.</p> <h3>6. Register for Focus Groups</h3> <p>I&rsquo;ve participated in a few focus groups over the years, and it&rsquo;s an extremely easy way to make money fast. Most groups will require you to fit a certain criteria, depending on the focus, but if you fit the bill, they&rsquo;ll hand you some crisp ones in return. I&rsquo;ve made anywhere from $50 to $125 per session, which usually last from one to two hours. That&rsquo;s a pretty good payday just for offering my opinion. To search for focus groups for which you may qualify, check out the aptly named <a href="http://findfocusgroups.com/">Find Focus Groups</a> website.</p> <h3>7. Perform on the Streets</h3> <p>In New York City, there&rsquo;s no shortage of street performers. Even the mother of Academy Award-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe sets up shop in the subway, singing for cash. While you may not make enough money to pay the rent, someone is always willing to drop change in that hat. Besides, if you don&rsquo;t have anything else to do, you might as well entertain pedestrians.</p> <h3>8. Collect Recyclables for Cash</h3> <p>Every Sunday evening, there&rsquo;s some person or another rummaging through the recyclables outside my building. They&rsquo;re there to claim cans, bottles, and scrap metals before the city can whisk them away. And why not? Depending on where you live, you can earn up to 10 cents per item for turning in recyclable materials. This means of making money has become so popular in NYC that there&rsquo;s a self-service recycling station at the end of my block. Collecting cans isn&rsquo;t going to make you rich, but it will certainly help buy groceries.</p> <h3>9. Sell Your Body to Science</h3> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to sell the whole thing, but certain parts of you are quite <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-money-from-clinical-trials-worth-the-risk">valuable to the medical community</a>. Sought-after specimens include plasma, hair, eggs, and sperm. But before giving your goods away for a profit, you should consider the moral and ethical ramifications of such a decision. Donated sperm is sometimes used to fertilize donated eggs. If the prospect of having a biological child in the world that you don&rsquo;t know about is too much of a burden to bear, don&rsquo;t do it. A lifetime of wondering is not worth the quick cash you&rsquo;ll receive.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites">Find a Side Gig at These 4 Best Micro-Jobs Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models">5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income free time side jobs yard sale Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:36:54 +0000 Mikey Rox 713547 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Simple Steps To A Successful Garage Sale http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-steps-to-a-successful-garage-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-simple-steps-to-a-successful-garage-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2585050352_255b9c4bcd_z.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A garage sale can be a great way to clean out your closets and make some extra cash. But if paying customers can't find you or aren't interested in what you have to offer, your hard work can quickly turn into a wasted Saturday morning.</p> <p>Garage sales aren't complicated, but they can be intimidating if you've never had one before. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to ensure that your garage sale is a huge success.</p> <h2>1. Sell The Right Stuff</h2> <p>Don't have a garage sale if you don't have stuff that other people want. Sure, one man's junk is another man's treasure and all that, but if you <em>only</em> have junk, your sale won't be very successful. Big ticket items like baby furniture and appliances, as well as useful items like tools, household accessories, and children's toys, are almost always popular.</p> <p>You can certainly sell your trinkets too, but you're less likely to attract customers or make a decent profit if that's <em>all</em> you have. Consider designating a spot in your home to collect items you want to sell, and then, once you've accumulated enough quantity and variety, you can begin planning your sale.</p> <h2>2. Make Your Sale Visually Appealing</h2> <p>The same principles of retail apply to your garage sale &mdash; the more visually appealing your display, the more likely people are to make purchases. Everything at your sale should be clean and well-organized. Borrow tables and clothing racks if you can. Sort clothes by size to make shopping easier for your customers.</p> <p>Don't just throw things in boxes, either. If you're selling books or movies, stack them neatly or line them up so that the titles can be read easily. Also, consider playing some background music to keep the mood pleasant, and if it's going to be a hot day, try to have a fan handy.</p> <h2>3. Curb Appeal Matters</h2> <p>People will drive by your sale to determine if a stop is worth their time. Be sure they can tell where the sale is, particularly if you have a rear-entry garage. Tie some colorful balloons to the mailbox or make a sign for the yard. And display some of your merchandise on the driveway, so they can catch a glimpse of what they'll be missing if they decide to keep driving.</p> <h2>4. Advertise</h2> <p>The more people who know about your sale, the more money you have the potential to make. Place an ad in your local paper. Make fliers and hang them on community bulletin boards. Post the date, time, and location of your sale on Craigslist, and don't forget to include the types of things you're selling, and pictures if you have them.</p> <p>Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are also good options for spreading the word. And, on the night before your sale, put up signs at the entrance to your subdivision and the end of your street with arrows and your address.</p> <h2>5. Bundle Small Items</h2> <p>Things that won't sell on their own are often more likely to sell if you package them together. Fill Ziploc bags with a variety of tiny children's toys that you're looking to dump (think Happy Meal toys, bouncy balls, etc.). Bundle leftover rolls of wrapping paper with any extra ribbon and bows. If you have baskets or containers to sell, consider filling them up with goodies and then selling them for a higher price.</p> <p>Also, instead of selling children's clothes for fifty cents or a dollar a piece, you might make more money (and get rid of stuff faster) if you sell an entire container of clothes in one size or season for a flat rate.</p> <h2>6. Sell Snacks and/or Beverages</h2> <p>People are more likely to take their time and browse if they're not hungry or thirsty. Keep a cooler filled with water bottles and soda, and sell them at cost (or make yourself a little extra profit). Or let the kids run a lemonade stand. Cookies, whether store bought or homemade, are also a big hit.</p> <h2>7. Appeal To Both Sexes</h2> <p>Typically, women shop at garage sales more than men. But a woman will spend a lot less time shopping if there's an anxious man waiting in the car. Men gravitate toward appliances, electronics, tools, and any kind of home repair items. <em>(Yes, I know that's sexist, but in my experience it's also true.)</em></p> <p>Do you have extra nuts and bolts or screws lying around your home? Maybe you just finished a home improvement project, and you have some items left that you won't be using to add to your sale.</p> <h2>8. Join Forces</h2> <p>Multi-family garage sales are always well-received because customers expect to find more choices and variety. Ask some of your neighbors if they're interested in having a garage sale on the same day as you do, or organize or participate in a subdivision sale. You'll get a lot more traffic this way, because potential customers are more likely to visit these sales.</p> <p>If possible, though, encourage each family to host their own sale in their own garage. Dividing items and figuring out who made how much money can be tricky if you sell all your things together.</p> <h2>9. Price It Right</h2> <p>According to some sources, garage sale items should be priced at roughly 1/3 of what the item cost new. <em>However</em>...your customers don't care what you paid for it, and it's only worth what somebody is willing to pay. When you're pricing your items, think about how seriously you want to get rid of them. The cheaper the price, the more likely it is to sell.</p> <p>Also, make your life easier and keep your prices simple. There's no reason to be stuck calculating sums like $1.35 plus $3.75 when you could just as easily be adding 1 plus 4. And make sure that <em>everything</em> has a price on it. Yes, it's hard work, but if you buy the color-coded stickers that already have the prices on them, it's not <em>that</em> hard.</p> <h2>10. Be Willing To Bargain</h2> <p>Most garage sale shoppers are looking for steals and deals. Price your items so that you have a little wiggle room when they ask if you're willing to &quot;go lower.&quot; Be friendly, and be available to answer questions. Customers are more likely to buy if you seem trustworthy, and not like someone who's just trying to pawn off stuff that's going to break as soon as they get it home.</p> <p>Another great tactic is to only bargain at the checkout. See what they've collected, and then instead of negotiating each item individually, tell them what you're willing to take for the whole pile. <em>(If you offer to throw in something extra, they're very likely to take you up on your offer, and you're more likely to have an empty garage at the end of the day!)</em></p> <h2>Extra Garage Sale Tips</h2> <ul> <li>Be prepared with plenty of change and small bills.</li> <li>Keep your money in your sight at all times.</li> <li>Stockpile plastic grocery bags so you can offer bags with purchases.</li> <li>Check local laws about placement of yard sale signs.</li> <li>Don't hold your sale on a holiday weekend.</li> </ul> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garage sales can be intimidating if you&#039;ve never organized one before. Follow these 10 simple steps and you&#039;ll be on your way to having your own successful garage sale. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>This post is by Alyssa Chirco from our sister blog, Parenting Squad. 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It was a wild success, if I do say so myself. In dollar terms, let's just say we made enough to go out to at least four gourmet dinners, which is completely worth the effort in my book. How'd I do it? Here are some things I did that might be helpful when you plan your own sale:</p> <h2>Advertising</h2> <p>Letting people know you're having a sale is, of course, one of the most important parts of the equation. I put a posting on <a href="http://www.craigslist.com/">Craigslist</a> on the Monday before the sale describing the location, time, and some of the better items for sale. I noticed that others who were posting about garage sales were including pictures and descriptions of some of their priciest items &mdash; a good idea, in my opinion, because people will email you ahead of the sale to purchase those items at full price. I also purchased a Friday ad in my local paper ($14), only because I assume professional garage sale shoppers scour these ahead of the weekend.</p> <p>Finally, I made numerous signs to be put up at major intersections near my home and in my neighborhood to guide people to the sale. Be sure to check your local ordinances and neighborhood covenants for stipulations about signs, though, and always remember to take them down after the sale.</p> <h2>Setting Up the Sale</h2> <p>The two most important things to keep in mind when setting up your garage sale are money and time. As far as cost, keep it low by borrowing everything you need, including tables and clothing racks. For these, I called on friends and family. All told, I'd say I borrowed about six long folding tables, a shelving unit, and a clothing rack, which was perfect for my modest two-car garage.</p> <p>I say to keep time, as well as cost, in mind because I failed to do just that. Apparently, lugging tables and clothing racks, setting them up, arranging items and pricing them takes some time. Who knew? I assumed (wrongly) that it was something I could knock out on the Friday evening before the sale. Give yourself several days to collect items, set up, and price items. And, speaking of pricing items, I erred on the high side. That way, people will bargain and feel like they're getting a great deal.</p> <p>I also recommend pricing items either by table (as in, &quot;all items on this table $2&quot;) or by type (as in, &quot;all pants $2&quot;). This is MUCH easier than pricing individual items. On the other hand, people don't like to look around, decide what category an item fits in, and try to guess price. So put prices on items that aren't clearly in one category or the other. Lastly, I'd only price in one-quarter increments &mdash; who wants to deal with making change in pennies, nickels, and dimes?</p> <h2>Checking Out</h2> <p>Have a cash box ready with plenty of bills and change. Despite the 20 or so $1 bills I had before the sale, I somehow found myself running short by 9 a.m.! Luckily, my parents stopped by (a consequence of living in the same town, I guess), and I hit them up for some change for a $10 bill. Problem solved, but you might not have that luxury. Prepare accordingly. Also be sure to keep the cash box on you at all times. It might seem like a no-brainer, but it bears mentioning.</p> <h2>Business</h2> <p>Here is a hodgepodge of tidbits to keep in mind during the actual sale:</p> <ul> <li>The majority of people will be in and out of your sale within the first half hour, since the serious garage sale shoppers know that you have to go early to get the good stuff! After that, it's a pretty consistent (though sparse) stream until near the end of your sale. Mine was from 7 to 11 a.m.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't be afraid to tell people to leave. This is your home, and you should feel safe. I doubt this is the norm, but I had to do it after a strange man decided that it would be appropriate to shout expletives at his wife/girlfriend via cell phone at the end of my driveway. He wasn't buying anything, anyway.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Consider selling other items. In my case, we sold brand-new tailgating chairs (a long story relating to a failed chair store endeavor some years back), but you could also sell baked goods or coffee.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do something with your barky dog. I thought about it beforehand, but couldn't think of a good solution to keep my giant Boxer from greeting people loudly when they approached. Perhaps you can come up with a solution for your own sale.</li> </ul> <h2>After the Sale</h2> <p>The work of a garage sale doesn't end at closing time, unfortunately. After the sale, you might consider selling some of your better unsold items on Craigslist (none of the shipping hassle that comes with eBay). You might also consider leaving some of your larger unwanted items on the curb and creating a &quot;for free&quot; post on Craigslist. Chances are, the item will be gone before the evening, no further hassle on your part required! Other items can be donated to your local <a href="http://www.goodwill.org/">Goodwill</a> or <a href="http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-local/Home">Salvation Army</a>, or you might consider posting an ad on <a href="http://www.freecycle.org/">The Freecycle Network</a>.</p> <p>In addition to taking care of unsold items, don't forget to return any borrowed tables or clothing racks to friends and family in a timely manner. And, after all is said and done, consider doing something worthwhile with the money you've earned from the sale. Although I said I made enough at my sale to pay for four gourmet dinners, I think my money will be better served in a high interest-rate checking account. Well, maybe whatever is left after just one gourmet dinner.</p> <p><em>What about you? What experiences have you had that led to a successful garage sale? Share your thoughts!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets">Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally">10 Ways to Get Rid of Stuff Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income garage sale moving sale yard sale yard sales Tue, 05 Oct 2010 12:00:09 +0000 Janey Osterlind 254264 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Proven Ways to Save Real Money at Garage Sales http://www.wisebread.com/3-proven-ways-to-save-real-money-at-garage-sales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-proven-ways-to-save-real-money-at-garage-sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/98085341_a2a532e827_z.jpg" alt="garage sale sign" title="garage sale sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I just ended my whirlwind tour of a recent neighborhood garage sale event in a nearby community. Having been an annual tradition for as long as I could remember, I got up at 7 a.m., took breakfast on the road, and hit the sales with my mom in the driver's seat and my newborn son in the car seat. We hit sale after sale, armed with pockets of cash and an attitude of hopefulness.</p> <p>Overall, it was disappointing: This year marked the first year I can remember wondering, &quot;where is all the stuff?&quot; Even with the obvious lack of selection, however, I was able to score some great items. Here is how I managed to get those awesome deals!</p> <h3>1. Look for forgotten items</h3> <p>That box of miscellaneous junk under the table, a shelf of unmarked items, or a few odds and ends that seem like an after-thought are going to be some of the best bargains at a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-yard-sale">yard sale</a>. Why? In the rush to get everything tagged, many sale holders just don't know what to do with certain items. Items with price tags are those that they are hoping will bring in a profit. Those that aren't &mdash; they are just kind of there with no realistic expectations.</p> <p>I recently snagged a set of Bushnell mini binoculars in excellent condition for a quarter because they were sitting on a shelf with no clear destiny. (I had just bought the same pair online for $20.) Those orphaned items are your best bet for coming in well under market price. Go ahead and offer a lowball price, or ask what they want. I guarantee you'll be surprised at the final price tag.</p> <h3>2. Scan all sales, then circle back for competitive pricing</h3> <p>A quick drive up and down a major garage sale route will tell you &mdash; in minutes &mdash; what the &quot;hot&quot; items are this year. During our recent sale experience we saw many of the same items at the end of every driveway: bunk beds, infant girl clothes, and high chairs. Seems like an odd trend, but one worth noting. I could drive around until I found the item most suited to my preferences and then strike up a deal.</p> <p>The conversation would go something like this: &quot;I see you have just the item I'm looking for. Since six other houses on in the neighborhood are offering a similar item, however, I'd love to just buy it here and save myself the trouble. Can I offer you $5 to take it right now?&quot; By giving the seller the impression that the item will have to be competitively priced to sell, they will most likely give you your asking price (provided it is, indeed, fair).</p> <h3>3. Ask for exactly what you're looking for (even if you don't see it)</h3> <p>I was desperate to find my son knee pads to use with his new scooter. I didn't want to pay retail. After visiting about six sales with no luck, I began asking each seller if they happened to have any for sale. One of three things will happen by coming out and asking directly:</p> <ul> <li>You will save time at each sale by not having to scour tables of junk for what you're looking for (and possibly can save money by not being tempted by unnecessary items).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You give the seller a chance to consider whether or not they might want to sell one that they own (but don't have out on the tables).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You give the seller a chance to let you know about a neighbor or friend that is selling one at their sale (which gives you a direct lead to what you want, without all of the window shopping hassle). When you arrive to the destination sale, be sure to let the seller know that you came in search of a great price on the item, and that their neighbor referred you. They will appreciate the business and might be willing to haggle on the price.</li> </ul> <p>In the case of our knee pads, one seller could tell us the exact address of a sale that she swore sold them. She ended up saving me much time in my search through over 50 sales!</p> <p>All in all, I found the yard sales to be a great reminder of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-laws-of-negotiation">how to negotiate</a> in the real world. If you're terrified to try <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/miss-the-big-sale-claim-your-savings-anyway">bargaining tactics</a> at your local mall, why not get some practice at the next city-wide garage sale?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-proven-ways-to-save-real-money-at-garage-sales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/convert-your-crap-into-cash-without-a-garage-sale">Convert Your Crap Into Cash Without a Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets">Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever by Following These 9 Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-site-you-must-visit-before-buying-anything-online-period">The one site you must visit before buying anything online. Period.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping garage sale save money yard sale Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:00:05 +0000 Linsey Knerl 217534 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get Rid of Your Junk http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009651932XSmall.jpg" alt="Messy closet" title="Messy closet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://wisebread.com/who-moved-my-stuff-0">Ed's post</a> about moving and getting rid of stuff got me thinking about my clutter. Are you barely able to breathe in your cluttered household? Have tons of stuff that you need to get rid of?</p> <p>A few weeks ago, I took a seminar called &quot;Commanding Your Clutter&quot; at a local community college. Here's what I learned about collecting, hoarding, shopping, and finally, letting go of all that junk.</p> <h3>Why people hold onto things</h3> <p><strong>I paid so much for it!</strong> Yes, but are you getting your money's worth from it? No? Sell it.</p> <p><strong>I have sentimental attachment to it.</strong> This is my biggest problem. See step 4 below.</p> <p><strong>Someone else will be angry if I sell it/give it away.</strong> Our teacher told us that the best way to do this is to contact people by letter or by phone and let them know that although you love them, and appreciate the thought that went into the gift that they gave you, you simply don't have room for it anymore. You ask if they would like it back, or if they have any input as to what you should do with it. This can be a difficult proposition, but many people appreciate the honesty. The other option is to get rid of it and just tell them that you broke it if they ever ask.</p> <p><strong>My children will eventually want it.</strong> ASK your children if they will eventually want it, and keep asking them. See if they want it now. I have this monstrous set of big, fake plastic grapes glued to a piece of driftwood that I LOVED as a child. They were my grandmother's. I used to think that they were magic. Now, I can't think of anything to do with them, short of launching them into the ocean using a homemade trebuchet.</p> <p><strong>But this is an heirloom!</strong> Sez you. If you think you have something of heirloom quality, get it appraised and store it properly. Many of the things that you consider heirloom quality might not be. This is (again) where taking a picture of the object, labeling it, and storing it in an album would be appropriate.</p> <p><strong>It'll be worth so much money some day!</strong> This might be true. But if you're like the 40 Year Old Virgin, consider paring down. If collectibles are getting in the way of your everyday living, selling some of them off now will save you years of annoyance, which is worth a bit of money. You can invest that money and watch it grow, and it will grow faster than the value of the baseball card/action figure/porcelain doll, without a doubt.</p> <h3>Tactics for getting rid of stuff</h3> <p><strong>1. Start small, with one closet or one corner of a room</strong>. Our teacher told us to <a href="http://wisebread.com/fifteen-minutes-of">use an egg timer</a> and to work in 15 minute intervals, but that doesn't work for me &mdash; I'm better off tackling everything at one go. However, if you are looking at a huge project that can take days, our teacher suggested that organizing for 45 minutes (with 15 minutes of cleanup), one day a week was the only way to get it done while maintaining your sanity.</p> <p><strong>2. Procure three empty boxes, and label them <em>Keep</em>, <em>Undecided</em>, and <em>Toss</em></strong>. Divide your junk into these boxes, and empty them frequently (in the garbage or at Goodwill, or in your Yard Sale pile). I actually use <em>Keep</em>, <em>Donate</em>, and <em>Toss</em>, because I like to make my decisions straight away.</p> <p><strong>3. Resist the urge</strong> to look through the photo albums and year books during the first round. If you think that the info contained therein will be valuable down the road, put them in the Keep box and deal with them at a later date.</p> <p><strong>4. Deciding what to get rid of is hard, but it must be done.</strong> Our teacher told us the story of a man she had helped on a big cleaning project. He was hanging on to things like a plastic bag from a bookstore in Paris that he felt reminded him of his college travels. The bag, he said, had a special place in his memory.</p> <p><em>Fine</em>, she said. <em>Let's get a nice frame for it and hang it on the wall.</em> The man looked at her like she was nuts. <em>You don't frame and hang a plastic bag.</em></p> <p><em>No? Well, let's take a picture of it, then frame that picture.</em> Again, the man stared at her like she had lost it. It finally dawned on him that the bag wasn't the source of his memories, but merely a souvenir, and a junky one at that. <em>Toss it</em>, he said.</p> <p>Our teacher recommended that we use this rule for each item that we hem and haw over:</p> <p>1. Would you want to frame and display it?</p> <ul> <li>Yes = Keep.</li> <li>No = See step 2.</li> </ul> <p>2. Would you want to take a picture of it?</p> <ul> <li>Yes = Take picture, get rid of item.</li> <li>No = Get rid of item.</li> </ul> <p>If you can take a picture of something that you want to remember, but can't use, do so. Put it in an album with a label. But let it go if it's taking up too much space.</p> <h2>But what should I do with it?</h2> <p>You don't have too many choices, but there are a few to consider:</p> <ul> <li>Throw it in the garbage.</li> <li>Put it outside with a FREE sign. Better yet, put a $50 sign on it and watch how fast it gets stolen.</li> <li>Give it away to a friend or family member, or to a complete stranger through <a href="http://www.freecycle.org/">Freecycle</a>.</li> <li>Recycle it (computers, TVs).</li> <li>Call a junk tower to take it away.</li> <li>Sell it online.</li> <li>Trade it online.</li> <li>Sell it in the newspaper.</li> <li>Take it to Goodwill or similar charity.</li> </ul> <p>Me, I've stopped trying to sell stuff. Donation is the key to getting rid of what I don't need. The amount of money I can make for selling my junk on eBay or Craigslist rarely makes up for the amount of time that goes into arranging the sale.</p> <p>Yard sales are a great way to make money, and 'tis the season right now. <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/06/12/a-yard-sale-checklist-ten-tips-for-garage-sale-prep/">Get Rich Slowly</a> (via <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/search.php?s=yard+sale">The Simple Dollar</a>) has some great tips for a successful yard sale.</p> <p>You'll probably be surprised how much stress is relieved by parting with your junk. I was really taken aback this morning when I was able to walk from my bedroom to the bathroom without looking like I was doing the Filipino <em>tinikling</em> all the way there.</p> <p>It can be hard to part with things, but in the long run, it's worth letting go. When they say that you can't take it with you, they aren't kidding.</p> <p>Of course, part of the trick to maintaining a clutter-free zone in your home and life is not to accumulate MORE crap. I'll be blogging more about that tomorrow.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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