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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.