5 tips to keep warm on a chilly yard-sale morning
When yard sales stretch into the colder months, whether we’re talking about those held in the early spring or late fall, the mornings can be cold.
We were thinking about this last week on just such a morning and decided the yard sale world needed some tips on how to hold a yard sale on a chilly morning.
- SEEK OUT THE SUNLIGHT: When you know it’s going to be cold, set up your yard sale where the morning sun can heat you up. Don’t set up under a tree or behind the house, you want the sun to blaze on you (as best it can) in those early hours.
- PLAY SOME MUSIC: If it’s cold, chances are no one will be outside doing stuff — not even the birds. You’ll want to keep things lively by turning on some music, preferably something upbeat. Not only does it keep you moving, but it will break up the funeral-like stillness of the morning.
- OFFER A HOT BEVERAGE: While it’s likely that you’ll have coffee, tea or hot apple cider for yourself, offer it free to your customers. It will give them another excuse to leave the warmth of their car and shop. Even better, put “Free Coffee!” on your signs and in your classified advertising.
- START A CAMPFIRE: If you have one of those portable fire pits, bring it around to the front yard and get it started. You can guarantee people will see that from a long way away. If you don’t have a fire pit and don’t mind scarring a spot on your lawn, you could just set up your own little campfire. Marshmallows are optional, but an added bonus.
- ADD TO THE ATMOSPHERE: Since it’s cold out, and your shoppers will be thinking about cold weather things, be sure to add some of that type of merchandise to your sale. Ice skates, hockey sticks, hunting gear, blankets, Christmas decorations, gloves, boots and “poofy” jackets are just a few ideas.
Photo courtesy of the amazing YardSaleBloodbath website!