1. Gather the items you want to sell
Make a list of the items you are planning to sell, and consult with family members about these items. Before placing them for sale, clean items properly, as people are more likely to buy things that are in clean condition than items which are dirty or dusty.
2. Pick a date
Plan one particular day or weekend for the moving sale. Use the time beforehand to organize for your sale. Generally, Saturdays are considered the best days for garage or yard sales. If everything does not sell on this day, sales can take place again on Sunday morning. Other popular days include Memorial Day weekend and summer holidays. If you are intent on getting rid of everything even if it does not sell, you can donate the rest to a local Goodwill.
3. Pick a time
Decide how many hours you’ll need to sell your items. If you have other members of your family or friends helping, set up shifts so everyone gets involved and can have a break, too.
4. Set up a selling location
Plan where you will be conducting the moving sale. Also, it’s important to check with your local authorities to see whether or not there are any restrictions on holding sales in your area.
5. Prepare and organize the items for the sale
Sort your items into categories such as sporting goods, toys, women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s clothing, books, kitchen appliances, etc.
6. Set up prices for your items
Have a conversation with your family members and decide on prices you will sell your items for. After you decide on the price, make sure to accurately tag your items.
7. Gather supplies
Gather things that you will need on the day of the sale: posters and markers (for making signs), bags for customers who buy many items, price tags, extra coat hangers, rods for hanging clothes, boxes for books, a calculator, trash cans, extension cords (if you are selling electronic items), a small cash box, etc. On the sales day, keep in mind that you have enough cash and coins to provide to your buyers with change during transactions.
8. Advertise well
Let your neighbors, friends and relatives know about the sale. Spread the news as much as possible whether through your local newspaper or through the Internet. Use flyers to inform people of the sale, and post them in places such as grocery stores, community centers, local colleges and universities, and Laundromats. These locations are especially helpful if your sale is happening in August or early September when students have returned to school and are looking for cheap finds. Always ask before you post. Some businesses have a central bulletin board which is a great place to advertise.