Tips for having a successful garage sale

Bruce Littlefield, a lifestyle expert and the author of "Garage Sale America," shares his secrets to make the most cash by selling your old stuff.
4:42 | 08/15/22

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>>> A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR EXTRA WAYS TO MAKE A LITTLE CASH. A GREAT OPTION, A GOOD OLD YARD SALE. WE'VE SET UP A YARD SALE RIGHT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF TIMES SQUARE. IT'S MY DREAM. BRUCE LITTLEFIELD IS HERE WITH SOME REALLY GREAT TIPS. LET'S START WITH THE VERY BEGINNING. WHEN YOU'RE PLANNING A YARD SALE, YOU WANT PEOPLE TO COME TO YOUR HOUSE. >> HAVE GOOD SIGNAGE TO START. THE ITEMS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE TO LURE PEOPLE IN AND THE TIME IT STARTS. I ALSO PUT A ROPE ACROSS MY DRIVEWAY. >> BECAUSE? >> BECAUSE REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN WE WENT CLUBBING? YOU HAVE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE WAITING. ANTICIPATION IS EVERYTHING. >> THE EARLY BIRDS. >> THEN THEY START LOADING THEIR ARMS WITH ITEMS. >> CREATING ANTICIPATION. >> AND BALLOONS, A CHRISTMAS TREE. >> I LOVE THE IDEA OF A CHRISTMAS TREE. IT'S ATTRACTING ATTENTION. COME OVER HERE TO OUR YARD SALE AND TALK ABOUT HOW TO ORGANIZE TO MAXIMIZE SALES. >> IF YOU WANT SUCCESSFUL SALES, YOU WANT TO SET IT UP LIKE A STORE. YOU HAVE A KITCHEN SECTION, A TOOLS SECTION, A KIDS SECTION. I ALWAYS PRICE MY THINGS WITH BLUE PAINTERS TAPE AND A SHARPIE. IT DOESN'T RUIN THE ITEM AND IT'S QUICK AND EASY. >> TAKE A MINUTE TO PRICE YOUR ITEMS. PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THAT. >> BULK ITEMS LIKE CDs, DVDs, BOOKS, YOU DON'T WANT TO SELL THOSE ONE BY ONE. THREE FOR BLANK OR FIVE FOR BLANK MOVES THEM ACROSS THE TABLE. I ALSO ALWAYS HAVE A DOLLAR TABLE. EVERYTHING ON IT IS A DOLLAR AND PEOPLE ARE HANDING YOU A DOLLAR. THEN I HAVE A BASKET UNDER THE TABLE WHERE I KEEP REPLENISHING IT ALL DAY LONG. >> THE IDEA OF A YARD SALE IS NOT ONLY TO MAKE A LITTLE EXTRA CASH. IT DOES ADD UP. IT'S ALSO TO CLEAR THE CLUTTER. THAT'S WORTH SOMETHING. YOU HAVE TWO ITEMS HERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE DO HAVE OLD FURNITURE. YOU WANT TO GET RID OF IT BUT YOU DON'T NECESSARILY WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY. >> YOU CAN LOOK THIS UP ON A SITE LIKE EBAY AND LOOK WHAT IT SOLD FOR. THAT WILL TELL YOU THE INTRINSIC VALUE. THIS WOULD BE A CHERRY PIECE, ONE OF YOUR BIGGER ITEMS. PRICE THAT A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS AND THEN NEGOTIATE FOR FROM. >> EXACTLY. >> I GENERALLY SAY 10 TO 25% OF ITS ORIGINAL PRICE IS PRETTY GOOD UNLESS IT'S A COLLECTIBLE. OLD CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS OR VINTAGE, YOU MIGHT CHARGE A LITTLE MORE. >> WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? >> DON'T JUST PILE THINGS UP. IF YOU COLLECT THINGS AND YOU CALL IT A CRAFTER'S KIT, YOU CAN CHARGE MORE FOR THAT. A PILE OF YARN YOU HAVE, IF YOU CALL IT A BLANKET WAITING TO HAPPEN, THAT WILL SELL. >> YEVERYBODY WINS. >> HALLOWEEN COSTUMES. I DO NOT WANT TO DIG THROUGH YOUR CLOTHES, PEOPLE. IF YOU HANG THEM UP, I CAN BUY IT. >> FINALLY IT'S 3:00 P.M. I STILL HAVE A LOT OF STUFF. YOU HAVE A WAY TO AVOID THAT. >> 50% OFF AFTER 3:00 P.M. OR IF YOU'RE COMING THE NEXT DAY, BUY ONE GET ONE FREE. >> LOVE IT. I'M REALLY CRAVING YARD

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