4 things to do in February to prepare for your yard sale

Posted by on February 14, 2013 in First-timers, For sellers, Tips

Get organized now for your summer yard sale. But be warned, you could damage your sales items if you start putting price stickers on them months ahead of time.

Get organized now for your summer yard sale. But be warned, you could damage your sales items if you start putting price stickers on them months ahead of time.

Last month, the Yard Sale Secrets team offered you “4 things to do in January to prepare for your yard sale.” We’re already half-way through February, so we figured we ought to keep you working hard to make the most out of your upcoming retail extravaganza.

So, now that you have all those January items checked off we have a new list for you.

1) CUTBACK ON HOLIDAY DECORATIONS: When Valentine’s Day is over, you’ll be clear of any holidays for a little while. Sure, maybe you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day. And maybe you do a total blow-out for Easter, but this is — at the least — a temporary lull in the holidays. So now is a great time to start sorting through holiday decorations. Hit the bins marked for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fourth of July. Try to reduce all of them by at least 20 percent. Throw out items that are broken. Put anything else you don’t want anymore in your yard sale bin.
2) CHECK THE RULES: Some municipalities have very explicit rules on how you can conduct your garage sales. Others just want to get a couple of bucks from you to help the bottom line. Take a few minutes to call your municipality and check up on those rules. Better to know now rather than be forced to change your plans later.
3) VISIT THE ATTIC: Even in early spring, your attic can be a dismal place to spend a few hours sorting through what you want and what needs to go. Head up there this weekend and do your sorting in the pleasantly cool temps. You don’t necessarily have to bring it out of the attic. Just get it organized and ready to be pulled down at a moment’s notice.
4) AVOID THE PRICING TEMPTATION: Whatever you do, DO NOT start pricing your items now. Sure, you can mentally price them, just don’t put price stickers on them just yet. Most yard sale price stickers are not meant to stay on for months at a time. They eventually lose their adhesive properties and flutter to the floor. How about masking tape, you ask? Don’t do that either. Masking tape and other stickers tend to leave a terrible residue or destroy the object its affixed to if left on too long.

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