As Host, Extend a Warm Invitation to Your Guests
If you want to host a great and successful yardsale, you can’t afford to be one-dimensional. Your yardsale must appeal to a variety of people – to a variety of age groups and to both genders. You want everyone to come! A short but specific advertisement in your town paper will draw visitors to your yardsale who would otherwise not know about it. If possible, host your yardsale in a central location. High traffic areas increase the odds some one will visit your sale impulsively. Ample parking and a few card-table chairs for elderly ones to sit in are nice.
A great spring event primarily depends for its success upon, first women – they are the ones most likely to want to go to a yardsale – and then second – upon men. Men may resist many events, but frequently they are willing to go to yardsales. Kids rarely suggest going to a yardsale. They generally want something specific, and would rather go to a store. However, kids will go to yardsales without whining if they know there will be something there for them. So you, as host, don’t fail to include something for the kids.
What is the Magnetism, the Draw of a Yardsale?
For me, the best part about yardsales is you never know what you will find. Yardsales are mysterious, offering the hope of finding something that may no longer be made, such as items you had when you were a kid. I have found some of my favorite old table-games at yardsales. I have found things I wasn’t even aware I would want.
Man & Woman – They’re Different!
What about gender-related items? It is in a woman’s nature to like clothes. Some like jewelry, purses, kids’ toys, craft items, furniture, and knickknacks. But then, you women know what you like, don’t you? Odds are if you are reading this article, you are a woman! Men are right at home with tools, games, knives, coins, and electronics devices. Some men and many women like books. Even in this women and men go in for different things. Men who read like a variety of books that may include adventure, history, science, science fiction, and archeology, and survival. I remember once seeing the listing in a newspaper of a 1,000-book yardsale, hosted by a woman. Wow, was I excited at the thought of a thousand books. Of course, after driving to the location I received the delightful revelation that each and every one of the books was a romance novel. Did I fail to tell you what kinds of books women like? While some read romance novels, many women prefer books on travel, child-rearing, flowers, flower-decorating, cookbooks, self-help books, biographies, etc.
Add Enticements, Extras
So concentrate on having a variety of things such as I list above, if you can. One way to do that is to invite other families and individuals to become part of your yardsale. Add to that some commonly enjoyed snacks such as drinks and finger food, and you’ve increased the quality of your event considerably. Such foods as hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, brownies, chocolate-chip cookies, soda, lemonade, and iced tea should sell well if you have a large crowd.
Cultivating the Right Spirit, the Right Atmosphere
Most people dislike being pressured or watched. You can be helpful without hovering. Realize that you are not Macy’s Department Store, and so you should not overprice. Charge what you would want to pay if you were attending a yardsale. A yardsale should encompass, not only the making of money, but it should be a day you will enjoy. If you’ve chosen the right location, if you are offering a nice variety of items, if you’ve limited yourself to modest prices, and if you display a cheerful spirit , you are bound to be host to a truly great yardsale!