A few things to remember during yard sale season

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By Ben Hyatt

‘Tis the season for cleaning and pricing items that have long been forgotten by homeowners.
‘Tis the season for yard sales.
Any homeowner will admit that in a short time, accumulation of what we think to be precious items that must always be near us, tend to add up to one cluttered room or basement.
When was the last time you dared to venture up stairs to find your mother’s old tea pitcher that has not been used since she kicked the can over 10 years ago?
Now I’m not trying to sound non sentimental toward all things because some items really cannot be replaced and are worth keeping forever.
However, since the time has come to clear out a room and display them for sale, I thought I would help everyone out by trying to do some research on how to become an effective yard sale host.
First bit of advice I can give anyone who wishes to have a yard/garage sale would be to have proper advertisement in advance to the day of the sale.
This would not include nailing signs to public utility poles, for which you can be fined if caught.
Spend a little money and advertise. It’s amazing how many people religiously search yard sales in the Democrat and Shopper.
You can also spread the word through social networking like Facebook. Be sure to give a small list of what might be included in the sale.
Next step is presentation.
It says a lot when your yard is mowed, and if you have a flower bed, make it neat and look well kept.
If it looks like you take care of your home and surroundings, buyers typically seem to be more loose with their money.
Also make sure clear signs that show where to come. Remember, no one knows where you live so you have to make sure they see exactly where to come.
So now that the stage is set for the sale, what items do experts say sell the best and how do they arrange it.
Well first it is said that you should always keep items together.
Kitchen items with similar items, clothes, tools etc.
Common sense will also tell you to dust away the 10 years of attic dirt that has caked on your items.
But for those of you who are in a rush, know that your items will always sell better if you have cleaned them a little.
As for pricing, remember that just because it is sentimental to you does not mean that someone is going to pay $10 for your late father’s ash tray.
Be reasonable when you start pricing things.
By no means give the stuff away, but price it to sell. That’s the whole purpose of the sale.
As a side note, it is suggested by several yard sale “experts” that during the sale it is a good idea to arrange the items differently to appeal to different customers.
Besides, it also keeps things looking neat and not just thrown everywhere.
Finally, the list of items that “experts” say tend to sell the best are: for the guys it’s going to be DVDs, tools, CDs, sports stuff and office equipment.
Popular items for ladies are actually a toss-up. Items that might sell are craft goods, slightly used beauty care products, children’s’ clothing, children’s furniture and kitchen goods.
Of course there is much more than just what I have relayed.
I actually have a new respect for people who host yard sales.
Much work is needed in order to be successful, but with hard work and proper timing, you should have no trouble getting rid of what you don’t need and finally making the house look a little less cluttered.