Thinking about organizing a garage or yard sale but not sure where to start? Pricing items at a yard sale can be a frightening proposition especially if you have an attic or basement full of belongings that were passed down through generations of family members. The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” certainly holds true when it comes to yard sales.
Brigitte Kruse Appraisals Offers Three Yard & Garage Sale Selling Tips to Ensure Your Success!
1. Avoid the Dangers of Yard Sales: A yard sale is not a good place to sell your belongings if your goal is to get the most amount of money possible. After all the whole point of a yard sale is to sell the items as quickly as possible. Not only that you are basically advertising what you own and stored at your home, it’s certainly not uncommon to hear of someone you know being robbed a few weeks after hosting a yard sale. Also, who knows what treasures are stored in the box that was left to you by your favorite aunt? It is not uncommon to read a story about an item that was sold at a yard sale for a few dollars and ended up being worth thousands. If you have family heirlooms including jewelry and knick-knacks, always have the items appraised by a professional appraiser like Brigitte Kruse. What the item is actually worth may surprise you!
2. Don’t be Fooled by Early Buyers: Have you ever received a knock at your front door way before the start time of your yard sale? This is a common practice upon professionals who want to cherry pick your items for the best finds. To increase your profit margin make the early arrivals wait for other people to arrive. It is not uncommon for shoppers to haggle and start a bidding war over items they really want, especially valuable toys. After all as the host of the yard sale your first priority should be to make a profit.
3. Get Extra Selling Help and Assign Specific Jobs: Even if you have an old mismatched piece of china priced at $2 from a set of dishes that are long gone, someone will ask you if that if the best price that you can do. Haggling is a big part of a yard sale, but if you are spending time negotiating over a plate, who is helping the serious buyers that are ready to pay and take their items home? Or answer any questions someone may have about whether or not an item is in working order? Make sure you get help for your yard sale and delegate roles. For example assign one person to deal with money, one or two to answer questions and one to negotiate. Having a system will be less confusing for potential buyers.
Yard Sale & Other Appraisals & Valuations in Beverly Hills, Agoura Hills, Palm Springs, Indio & Southern California
Organizing and hosting a yard sale can be a lot of work but it can also be a lot of fun. Be sure to get your items appraised by the knowledgeable experts at Brigitte Kruse Appraisals so you are aware of the value and that you are not putting an item out for sale and selling it for far less than it is worth. It is not uncommon for people to purchase items at a yard sale that end up being worth thousands of dollars, you certainly don’t want to lose money just because you were unaware of the value. For more information about appraisals and the appraisals process, contact Brigitte Kruse Appraisal Services today.