You can make money in your own backyard with a yard sale. But know that in some towns yard sales are like businesses and may require a license from your City or Town Hall. You must check to see if they are allowed in your town and if there are any restrictions.
Once you have cleared the local government hurdle you can start to plan what you will sell and how you will price the items. You may also want to check with your neighbors, will they have a sale that same day? What about the idea of joint yard sales? They are separate but held same day. For yard sale enthusiasts the idea of being able to shop at several yard sales in one neighborhood ranks high on the list. Clearly these sales do require some thought before moving ahead.
Yard sales serve several purposes, first and second in no particular order are to get rid of clutter and to make money while. Yard sales are energizing, it is true that they can be tiring and small annoyances are bound to come up but with it all, they energize.
How to get started? Advertise your yard sale in the local newspaper and place flyers on community bulletin boards. Of course, word of mouth is always good. If you have a lot to sell, start gathering and planning early; a month to a couple of weeks before the sale. Make sure the items are clean and dusted. Put prices on everything. Use those annoying sticky labels so the price does not fall off items. When possible prices should be placed on the top of items so they are seen immediately.
If you have a driveway, place a couple of your larger or interesting pieces there. They will catch the attention of passerby's and may lure them into your yard. Display similar items in clusters, the way they do in department stores. If you have costume jewelry, lay it on a table to show it off. Have inexpensive table napkins nearby for wrapping the jewelry.
Be sure you have enough small change and singles to get you through the day.
Keep your tables full. Have someone, perhaps your child, fill empty spots as soon as items are sold. If you have old records, VHS tapes or DVD's realize that no matter what the original cost was, you must be willing to sell them for far less than you paid for the items.
If you are selling a radio, television or VCR, turn the item on to show that it is in working condition; or have extension cord nearby so you can quickly plug the radio in. Speaking of radios, make sure you have background music playing, something upbeat but not too loud. Don't bother with CD's you should not have to stop and change music.
Try to have a box of free items for give away. Chipped ashtrays, odd salt or pepper shakers that have no mates, pretty cup and saucer sets that are chipped are perfect for paperclips, etc. Faded or torn (clean) tee shirts make good rags to wash cars. Most likely no one would buy these items but they will gladly take them if they are free. Everybody likes a bargain and free can be the best bargain there is.
If you have good weather and have done your advertising by ads, word of mouth and flyers, you are ready for your sale. In addition to making extra money, you may find a new friend ;-)