The Yard/Tag Sale…..Give Me Strength!

“Once upon a time there was a little house filled to the rafters with lovely and unusual treasures.” The “filled” part and the “treasures” part are certainly true of my house but that is about to change. This weekend the community we live in is having a Yard Sale and we are participating. Welcome to the Blog today, Friends, as I share with you …… “The Yard Sale”….LOL.

When I go to a sale I really appreciate having the items tagged with labels and, most importantly, prices. It’s kind of annoying to see something you are interested in buying and then not have it priced. We found a large bag of tags for a couple of dollars and are using them for listing the item and the price. Also these small stick on tags are great for items that don’t require an explanation. The bag above was completely filled with tags when we started.

It’s nice to have items separated into types such as china, crystal, antiques, tools, etc. so someone can go directly to that area of interest and find some treasures to purchase. You can see from the picture above how clear the tags are with explanations and prices.

It’s always good if you have some fun things to sell. Above you can see a set of Johnson Bros. English china in the “Victorian Christmas” pattern. We also have a set of 8 gold rimmed china, a lot of “Friendly Village”, some Crate and Barrel, Mikasa, Williams Sonoma, and even some “Coke” glasses. All of this will be preset in the garage the day before the sale this Saturday.

Sometimes you can sell larger items, as well, like this outdoor table and chairs for six. I really don’t put anything up for sale that’s not in good condition.

Crystal is another thing that you can sell at a Tag Sale. When I put crystal out I make sure it’s in a secure location and that it is clean and sparkly. Things are more likely to sell if they are clean. I have a variety of German crystal, Spode Christmas crystal, Mikasa and just some fun ones. They will also be preset before the sale.

We stage pre-priced items in boxes that can be carried out easily to arrange on tables. This makes it a lot easier to set-up the day before or the morning the sale is happening.

Advertising is important so it’s good to look up local places on line that advertise yard sales. I also post something on Marketplace with some pictures. While I was writing this Blog we sold the table and chairs. They had been posted for about five minutes. Yay!

A question to ask yourself as you price: What happens to the item, if it doesn’t sell? If the answer is donating the item to a local charity shop, you need to price to sell. If you plan to keep the item, if it doesn’t sell, that might be a different pricing structure.

When all is “said and done” we all want a little serenity in our lives. Clearing out some of the extraneous pieces makes for a alter and more peaceful home. You just have to go through the chaos of a yard sale/tag sale to get there. LOL

P.S. If you live in or near the Upstate of South Carolina and want to come to the sale, send me an email.

15 responses to “The Yard/Tag Sale…..Give Me Strength!”

  1. Oh, I wish I could come to your neighborhood for this sale! Your Friendly Village pieces would come home with me – heaven knows where I’d put them, so it’s just as well I can’t come by. Hope it goes well!

  2. Hope it goes well! Tell the early birds they can help set up. I read a murder mystery where the house owner who was doing a yard sale dumped a large pot of cold water from her upstairs window on an early bird ringing the doorbell. It was her father with a bag of donuts!

    • What a great idea. Would love to read that book. People really do come a long time before the sale is officially open which makes it a bit difficult when you’re setting things out. Thanks for the suggestion. LOL
      Lynne

    • The sale went well and this week before carting everything to a charity we have a limited window where everything that was left is $1. Hoping to sell a lot so we don’t have to pack up a lot. LOL. Everyone commented on the informative tags in a positive way. thanks for commenting.
      Lynne

  3. I would love to have a yard sale however our HOA does not allow it, the only way is through and estate sale. You have such lovely things to sell, Im sure they will find good homes to adorn. Thank you for sharing your blog with us on Wonderful Wednesday.
    I hope you have a great week!

  4. Thanks so much for this post! I’m planning one for next month and I love all the tips you’ve shared. I’m so glad I live all the way across the country from you. If I was closer I’d be at your sale bringing so much of it home when I’m supposed to be working on downsizing!!! Thanks again and have a great weekend!

    • Good luck with your yard sale. It’s always a challenge to get ready for a big one and down-sizing takes real effort. Happy the post was helpful. Thanks for the comments.
      Lynne

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