Best Bets for Sept. 19-20

There’s slim pickings in the yard sale advertising this week, but we’ll still point out the best bets of the week.

Of course, you’ve got to check the weather first. Our forecasts are suggesting a thunderstorm is possible on Friday. Get the up-to-date details on the weekend weather from our pals at The York Dispatch.

GROUP YARD SALES

  • YORK: Check out 54 years of accumulation at 3505 Raintree Road. Friday and Saturday.
  • SPHILOH FARMS:Follow Poplars to Farmstead Way just past American Legion. Friday and Saturday.
  • SHILOH: Start your community yard sale experience at 2066 Winding Road. Friday and Saturday.
  • MOUNT WOLF: Check out the sales in the borough. Friday and Saturday.
  • NEAR I-83: Check out the community yard sales at Cantebury and Arsenal roads. Friday and Saturday.
  • WEST YORK: The folks at Lincoln Ridge Apartments, 1 Lark Circle, are planning sales. Friday and Saturday.
  • Did we miss some? Check out the listings!

SOUNDS INTERESTING

  • Look for “Occupied Japan” items, paper weights, banks and art at 231 Hill Street. Friday and Saturday
  • St. Paul’s Red Run UCC is hosting its 6th annual yard sale at 6623 Davidsburg Road. They promise more than 20 vendors. Saturday only.
  • A promise of “old military” items will bring some people out to 6287 Thomson Court near the York Airport. Friday and Saturday.
  • Lots of hunting supplies are available at 85 Sunset Dr. in Manchester, Saturday only.
  • The sale at 735 Kelly Drive promises “mugs, mugs, mugs.” Friday and Saturday.

For more on these yard sales as well as the complete list, check out The York Dispatch classifieds.

CHECK OUT THE APP

Yard Sale Secrets, in conjunction with The York Dispatch and the York Newspaper Co., now has a yard sale app for iPhone and Android phones. The app helps you locate all the yard sales advertised on MediaOnePa, which includes sites in York, Hanover, Chambersburg and Lebanon. Zip to the bottom of this page for a link to the app.

TWITTER

Yep, the Yard Sale Secrets has adopted Twitter. We might only use it sporadically, but we welcome you to join us. We especially hope to use it on Saturdays (and some Fridays) when we are out on the road. Join Yard Sale Secrets on Twitter now!

MORE YARD SALE INFORMATION

Got a question for us here at Yard Sale Secrets? Or, even better, a great tip on selling or buying? Then leave a comment for us and we’ll respond in an upcoming post. We love to hear from other yard sale fanatics!

YOUR WEEKEND MISSION

If you’re hosting a yard sale this weekend, take some pictures of your event set up. We would love to see it. If you’re heading out to some sales, lets see some pictures of your loot! E-mail them to jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com for inclusion in an upcoming Yard Sale Secrets post.

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Neon Hitch teaches us about yard sales

British singer Neon Hitch has some colorful ideas on how to attract attention for your  yard sale.

British singer Neon Hitch has some colorful ideas on how to attract attention for your yard sale.

It’s not too often that we come across a song about yard sales, but there we were in the gym and Neon Hitch’s song popped up on the video screen.

This song isn’t entirely about yard sales — more about getting rid of stuff you don’t want and letting go of the past — but there’s still enough in it to warrant our attention.


If you’ve never heard of Neon Hitch, she’s a British songwriter and performer who signed with Warner Bros and is just starting to get mainstream attention.

Just like that Sammy Kershaw video, we have a few mostly positive critiques of Neon’s yard sale effort:

  • We like her effort to bring in shoppers. A bull horn! Great idea.
  • At 1:05, we notice she still has items in boxes. No one wants to look through peoples packed-full boxes.
  • We have to give her even more points for her sign spinner. If you know a sign spinner, you want that person in front of your yard sale.
  • But putting all your stuff on the ground? Bad form. The old folks won’t want to bend over, and the kids will trample your merchandise.
  • She also makes sure her customers know her return policy. That’s something everyone needs to do.
  • Why is she having a yard sale? She has a clear purpose for it. That’s always smart, since you won’t be disappointed in the end.
  • She also knows to put her large items out where people can see them. Heck, even free items make for good curb appeal.
  • And with a great rummage sale effort behind her, she ends it with a big no-no. We know you wouldn’t do that though.
  • British singer Neon Hitch offers some  tips for garage sale hosts in her song "Yard Sale."

    British singer Neon Hitch offers some tips for garage sale hosts in her song “Yard Sale.”

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5 tips for yard sales held in the fall

Planning a yard sale in the fall can be tricky, thanks to the weather. Still there's an upside since you can often sell items that are harder to unload in the spring and summer. (Photo by kstateLibrarian via flickr.com)

Planning a yard sale in the fall can be tricky, thanks to the weather. Still there’s an upside since you can often sell items that are harder to unload in the spring and summer. (Photo by kstateLibrarian via flickr.com)

Even here in southern Pennsylvania, the decline of summer is already evident in late August. The air is a little crisper. The greens are past their peak and kids are back to school.

Those events usually herald the demise of the yard sale season. Sure, there are still some all the way through October around here, but there are definitely far fewer.

That doesn’t mean that those yard sales shouldn’t be any less grandiose. In fact, you can really capitalize on the season as a key selling point.

  1. HOLIDAY DECOR – In some of our past articles, we told you to not bother trying to sell Christmas or Halloween decorations. That was advice for people planning a yard sale in the spring or summer. A September yard sale, however, is the perfect time to unload your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. You can even mark the prices a little higher than you would earlier in the year. This is the time when people are in the mood for buying decorations.
  2. EVENT PLANNING – The autumn is a time when a lot of schools, churches and community centers plan events and games on Saturdays. Why not host your yard sale on the same day as one of those, especially if its right down the street? Then, with the proper signage, you can get some of their craft show, football game and luncheon traffic at your yard sale.
  3. WEATHER – It’s the natural state of fall — one day you can have a toasty warm day and the next is blustery, wet and cold.  Hosting a yard sale in the chill of fall isn’t fun for you or your customers. Make sure to check your forecast a week ahead of time and keep checking it, too. If the weather’s looking rotten, skip that weekend. On the other hand, if your yard sale ends up on one of those spectacular fall days, make the most of it. Post ads online the day of the sale, add signage and let people know they have a great reason to get out of the house. You’ll be surprised just how many people stop by and browse for a chance to be outside.
  4. CLOTHING & SPORTS GEAR – Just like our advice on holiday decor, fall yard sales are the time to sell clothing best suited for the season and the coming winter. Sweaters, snow pants, boots, gloves, mittens, heavy sweatshirts, winter coats are all going to be good sellers, and they will be likely to bring good prices too. The same goes for fall friendly kids’ sports — football pads, soccer gear and lacrosse sticks — will be snapped up by moms and dads looking to save a buck. While you’re at it, check the garage for skis, sleds, ice skates and other items that have seasonal appeal.
  5. GREAT EATS – We always recommend you have a few treats available for yard sale shoppers, and autumn yard sales are no different. But what should your menu selection be? We suggest apple cider, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie, soups, chili and apple crisp. Put any two of those out on a table and you’ll have a cash cow.

Photo from Flickr.com by CharNewcomb.

 

 

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Best Bets for Aug 22-23

There’s slim pickings in the yard sale advertising this week, but we’ll still point out the best bets of the week.

Of course, you’ve got to check the weather first. Our forecasts are suggesting a thunderstorm is possible on Friday. Get the up-to-date details on the weekend weather from our pals at The York Dispatch.

GROUP YARD SALES

  • DOVER: Two families band together for a sale featurin antiques, children’s items and household stuff. Friday and Saturday.
  • SPRING GROVE: If you’re into toys and kids clothes, the multi-family sale at 396 Old Hanover Rd is for you. Thursday through Saturday.
  • YORK: Start your community yard sale experience at 518 Middleview Dr. Friday and Saturday.
  • NEAR YORK HOSPITAL: Check out the sales on Stratford Road and in the Springdale. Saturday only for Stratford Road. Friday and Saturday for Springdale.
  • YORK: Check out the multi-family sale at 15 Bluestone Road. Friday and Saturday.
  • Did we miss some? Check out the listings!

SOUNDS INTERESTING

  • If you’re expecting, then find some baby items at 2330 Wyndhurst Court in York. Friday and Saturday.
  • How about a hobby horse? Or a train set? Or a sewing machine? Get one at the sales on Latimer St in York. Thursday through Saturday.
  • Lots of hunting supplies are available at a Fawn Grove yard sale at 373 Deer Road. Thursday and Friday.

For more on these yard sales as well as the complete list, check out The York Dispatch classifieds.

CHECK OUT THE APP

Yard Sale Secrets, in conjunction with The York Dispatch and the York Newspaper Co., now has a yard sale app for iPhone and Android phones. The app helps you locate all the yard sales advertised on MediaOnePa, which includes sites in York, Hanover, Chambersburg and Lebanon. Zip to the bottom of this page for a link to the app.

TWITTER

Yep, the Yard Sale Secrets has adopted Twitter. We might only use it sporadically, but we welcome you to join us. We especially hope to use it on Saturdays (and some Fridays) when we are out on the road. Join Yard Sale Secrets on Twitter now!

MORE YARD SALE INFORMATION

Got a question for us here at Yard Sale Secrets? Or, even better, a great tip on selling or buying? Then leave a comment for us and we’ll respond in an upcoming post. We love to hear from other yard sale fanatics!

YOUR WEEKEND MISSION

If you’re hosting a yard sale this weekend, take some pictures of your event set up. We would love to see it. If you’re heading out to some sales, lets see some pictures of your loot! E-mail them to jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com for inclusion in an upcoming Yard Sale Secrets post.

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The dish on selling food at yard sales

A selection of foods can really enhance your yard sale profits thanks to all the hungry visitors you'll get. (Photo by Iryna Yeroshko via flickr.com  -- mandarina94)

A selection of snacks can really enhance your yard sale profits, just make sure you check with your municipality first. (Photo by Iryna Yeroshko via flickr.com — mandarina94)

One of the most common tips for hosting a yard sale is to sell some baked goods, drinks and other food along with your regular household items.

For the most part, it’s a solid idea. You can make a decent return on your investment by selling food.

Before you do, remember one thing — check with your municipality to make sure its OK. Some actually forbid it — requiring a health code check for anyone selling food. Others insist that everything be labeled for those suffering food allergies

Once you get past those possible problems, we say sell away. Brownies, sodas, water or hot dogs can all turn a yard sale into a bonafide success.

Some tips for this money-making endeavor:

  • WHAT TO SELL –There are tons of options for you as a seller. Do you want to sell something memorable? Comfort food? Something to generate a big profit? Something easy to prepare? Or serve a fresh-cooked meal? Those are all questions you’ll need to answer before your yard sale. Here at Yard Sale Secrets, we suggest brownies or cookies for baked goods, hot dogs in buns for a meal, cupcakes if you’re a master baker and drinks as your high-profit item.
  • SAMPLES – If you do decide to try something more exotic than a peanut butter cookie, then we’d suggest you offer some very small samples to your customers. Don’t put a heaping pile of goodies on your sample plate either — someone might think they can take the whole thing! Instead, offer no more than six teaspoon-sized samples at one time.
  • WRAPPED TO GO – Be sure to include a bag or some other container to carry their snack off to the car. For cookies and brownies, a simple plastic sandwich bag is good. For hot items, such as hot dogs or hamburgers, wrap them in tin foil.
  • GARBAGE CAN -- Since some people might want to eat while perusing your other goods, you can have a garbage can available. No sense in allowing people to drop litter on your property.
  • BY THE SLICE – If you decide to offer something that can’t exactly be bagged, such as a cake or pie, then you’ll need to have plates and utensils available. Make sure to have the slices pre-cut before the sale, that way the customer doesn’t think they’re going to get a monstrously huge piece.
  • INCLUDE THE RECIPE – Another neat idea is to offer a printout that includes the recipe of your culinary masterpiece. The recipe by itself might intrigue some to indulge!
  • PRICE SUGGESTIONS -- But what sort of price should you charge? Our simple rule is this, if its a baked good and not bigger than your hand, it should be a dollar or less. Meal worthy items — hot dogs or hamburgers — can be up to two dollars. Set drink prices between 75 cents and a dollar.

 

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