In our previous blog post we talked about the types of things you may be able to downsize during a move. And while some things, like old and unused clothing and shoes, can be donated to local charities, there are other things, such as still-working but unused electronics, that can be sold during a pre-move sale.
Below are a few of our pro-tips for Denver residents who are wanting to hold a successful moving sale.
Ask your family members to gather items they no longer want
If you go through your teenage kids’ stuff and decide what they will and won’t be taking to your new home, that’s likely to cause a mutiny.
The best thing to do is to ask your family members to gather items that they wish to sell. Once you’ve gathered the items you’d like to showcase during the pre-move sale, you’ll want to work on picking a date.
Weekends tend to be best
Saturdays and Sundays are ideal for holding yard or garage sales. However, you’ll want to make sure you don’t schedule something over a holiday weekend. You may also want to check with your neighbors to see if they’d like to participate, as well. A neighborhood sale tends to get more foot-traffic than an individual yard sale.
Publicity is key
Ask the local coffee shops, your church, your kids’ school and the market you shop at if you can put up flyers that advertise the date and time of your sale. Depending on the neighborhood you live in, you may be able to post advertisement flyers on light posts.
If you can list some of the more popular items you’ll be selling (electronics, power tools, appliances, furniture, etc.), all the better. Some people find that putting their phone number on the flyer, so would-be-shoppers can call in advance to inquire about the sale, works well.
Free online portals, such as Craigslist, can also be helpful in terms of getting the word out.
Pre-sort selling items
If you’re combining your yard sale with another family, be sure to color-code the selling items so you know which money goes where.
Hang clothing items on a makeshift clothesline and organize appliances, kitchen utensils, games and electronics so they’re easy for shoppers to browse. Make sure you stock a cash box with plenty of change. Or, if you’re especially savvy, you can use a Square or PayPal debit card attachment with your cell phone.
Lastly, you’ll want to be prepared for the weather to change at any given moment. Have tarps or large sheets of plastic handy to cover your for-sale items, just in case.
American Moving Company has years of experience in helping people in Denver and its surrounding areas coordinate successful moves for years.