Are you planning a move from your Ocean Pines home? If you’re planning a move in the near future, you may wish to consider hosting a fall yard sale to lighten the load of belongings that you’ll need to relocate!
A fall yard sale is a wonderful way to get rid of all those unwanted items, while also earning a bit of money to help fund your move. The autumn months are a perfect time for hosting a yard sale, as local natives have returned from their summer trips to resume the school year. Yet there’s still a fair number of vacationers in the Ocean Pines, Maryland area, especially on the weekends, as many have coastal homes and second homes in the area. So you’ll have plenty of potential buyers available!
To prepare for a yard sale, it’s important to find all of the items that you wish to sell and put them aside in your garage. It’s best to do this in advance of the sale, so you don’t sell items on a whim. Plus, you can also pull in more visitors to your yard sale when you mention some of the items that you’ll be selling. You may need to purchase or rent some folding tables if you have lots of small items and knick-knacks.
Saturday is the traditional yard sale day, though Sunday may also work well. Typically, it’s best to hold your yard sale from mid-morning — 9 or 10 a.m. — to mid-afternoon, like 3 or 4 p.m.
Spreading the word about your upcoming Ocean Pines yard sale is important and you should begin about two weeks prior to the event. List your upcoming garage sale on free sites like YardSaleSearch.com, GarageSaleFinder.com and GarageSaleHunter.com.
Also, list your upcoming sale on Craigslist, as this is a popular source of information for yard sale enthusiasts. Remember to mention some of the items you have for sale, especially furniture, appliances, equipment/tools and electronics, as these tend to be fast selling items!
Remember to include your address, along with the date and time of the event. If you’re willing to sell items in advance, indicate this and include your contact information. Also, you may wish to post a rain date too.
• On the day before your yard sale, you’ll want to check the weather to ensure it’s going to accommodate your event. If it’s going to be a rainy day, you may wish to reschedule to the rain date.
• If the weather is going to be sunny, you’ll want to post lots of posters that will send shoppers to your yard sale! On Thursday evening or Friday morning, place posters at locations that get lots of foot traffic, like coffee shops, convenience stores, the supermarket and ‘big box’ stores like Target and Walmart. Many shops will let you place the poster on their door or front window, while others have a community bulletin board.
• Also remember to visit the bank on the day before the event to get lots of change, in particular, quarters, ones and fives.
• On the day of the event, be sure your yard sale is fully set up by the start time, as many yard sale enthusiasts will arrive precisely at the start time (even a bit early in some cases!)
• You’ll also need to put up signs on the side of the road. It’s typically best to use these signs to direct drivers from heavily-traveled streets to your home. Use the same color for all of the signs so it’s evident they’re all leading to the same location.
• You might also put a couple helium balloons on each sign for added visibility, but remember that helium balloons only last a day so you’ll need to get them inflated first thing in the morning on the day of the event!
Hosting a yard sale is a great way to get rid of all those unwanted items that you don’t want to keep as you move from your Ocean Pines home! Plus, it’s also a great way to make a bit of extra cash, perfect for helping to fund your move or for funding a day at the masseuse to ease your tired muscles post-move!
If you’d like a customized flyer for your yard sale, call me, Donna Lewis Stiles at 410.430.8755 and I’ll be glad to print one up for you Happy Hunting!