Even though summer is now firmly in the rearview mirror, there are still a few good weeks ahead to plan and execute a yard sale. The yard sale can be a huge asset for a busy family. You accumulate all of this stuff over the years, and if you’re not careful those piles collecting dust can swiftly overwhelm your household. Yard sales can be stressful and frustrating or great fun depending on your temperament and approach, but they will always leave you with two things: less junk sitting around and more money in your pocket. With that beautiful result in mind, here are five of the top reasons to have a yard sale.
Since that’s obviously the end goal, the first reason to have a yard sale is to make extra money. Listen, you’ll never get back exactly what you paid for the stuff you are selling, so don’t even think of it that way. But if you are getting rid of stuff you haven’t used for at least a year you clearly don’t need it, and anything you earn at the yard sale is better than just throwing it out or giving it away. With earnings from a yard sale you could add to your child’s education fund, expand your vacation plans or just save for a rainy day. But whatever you end up spending it on, that extra money will certainly come in handy.
Another key reason for the yard sale is to get rid of unnecessary clutter. No home has endless storage space, and if you have children whatever room you do have will inevitably fill up. Instead of spending extra money each month to rent a storage space, declutter your house with a yard sale. You’ll free up room to bring in new things, while making your weekly cleaning work easier.
If you’re going to be moving houses anytime soon, a yard sale can be hugely beneficial. Not only will you earn money you can put towards moving costs, but you’ll also save money because you won’t have to move as much stuff. Most moving services charge by weight or by the box, and packing up stuff to just sit around as clutter in your next basement or attic is simply a waste of time and energy. Start fresh by putting on a yard sale before you move, and the whole process will be that much smoother.
A yard sale is also a great way to get your younger children interested in ‘business’. Your yard sale turns your house into a small scale retail store for one weekend, and your kids get to be employees. That may not sound like fun to you or I, but for the kids marking product, haggling prices and giving change can be incredibly exciting. Get them involved right from the outset, organizing, promoting and running the yard sale itself, and they’ll have a new appreciation for a day’s work. They’ll also better understand how much those toys they wanted so badly actually cost, which may give them a deeper appreciation for what they have.
Finally, a yard sale can be a great opportunity to get more involved with your community. When deciding to hold a sale, go speak to your neighbors and see if anyone else might want to join in. A neighborhood yard sale always gets a ton of attention, and everyone benefits from the increased traffic. That’s the strength in having a physical sale as opposed to just listing specific items on www.olx.com. The more people working together the better the sale will be. And perhaps you’ll make a new friend in the community after it’s over!