View Full Version : 2011 Yard Sale Challenge

04-25-2011, 06:02:39 PM
Are you ready?:BigHand: are you tired of waiting?:wink7: or you ready to finally get rid of the excess u have? are you tired of looking at 600 boxes of yokisoba? :hectic:the 50+ toothpaste boxes lingering in your bathroom? well here it is a challenge for you! :hysterical: TA DA! a Yard Sale! its that time of year again the weather is nice sunny and great! what better than to make money and clear out the clutter! By having a yard sale.

In here we can help each other out with pricing, ideas on your yard sale.

we are only having this challenge for fun!

This challenge is to help you make money and challenge yourself to help declutter your home a little faster than you though.

at the end of your yard sale you can post how many items you sold and how much you made.

This is all solely for the purpose of fun! To help you rotate your stockpile. And make money in the end!:BigHand:

I have a town yard sale here on the 14th of May..so bring on the challenge!

who is with me?

04-26-2011, 04:28:45 AM
I am having my first one on May 21! Will probably have at least 1 more, probably 2 more throughout the summer. I do really well with mine usually. I don't keep track of how many items I sell, but I obviously know how much $$$ I make.

04-26-2011, 04:54:01 AM
its alot of fun! Last year i had one here at the community Yard sale and made close to $1000! i was so excited!

04-26-2011, 05:11:17 AM
We are moving in Sept, so I will have a massive yardsale in Aug probably. We are going from 1700 sq ft to 1300 sq ft, so major downsizing into a yard sale. I will sell some stockpile, but I am on a buying freeze right now unless we will consume it before Sept so I don't know how much I will have.

I am in the "live off my stockpile and deplet it" mode this summer. I may sell some that I dont want to move at the yard sale though. I really need to figure out how much room I will have in the new house for stockpile:)

04-26-2011, 05:55:20 AM
Oooooooh, I'm in!!! I usually do 3 sales per summer; my first will be in June after Memorial Day weekend!

Last year between my 3 sales I made $3149.00 =D

I usually use half to pay my student loans but this year I think DH wants to put the $$ toward propane. FUN =/

04-26-2011, 08:18:56 AM
good idea tho mrsshultz since propane, gas, oil and coal sales will be cheaper in the summer months because it wont be cold.. the prices may drop to an affordable rate ;) stocking up may be a good thing!

04-26-2011, 10:40:54 AM
I have everything boxed up and ready to go! I will have a few more things to get together before now and May 21 though. My in-laws neighborhood has a huge one in September that I do too. I don't have as much as I have had to sell in recent years, but I will still do well, and I usually put the $$$ into DD's savings account.

04-26-2011, 10:51:56 AM
Hey! The weather isn't nice here yet. Don't make me jelous LOL.

I'm not a huge yard sale person but I usually help at my sis' each year and just bring a few things down. And I've tried to limit my stockpile to what I will use in a given amount of time but I still may do this a little this summer. I can't wait to see how much you guys make in a sale!!!!

04-26-2011, 12:19:41 PM
I LOVE my sales and so do my buyers!! I even have return customers every year! LOL

04-26-2011, 12:22:49 PM
So, what does everyone price their items at?

I generally do 1/2 retail (roughly). Last year a local liquor store let me borrow their pricing gun BUT it wasn't as handy as I thought it'd be because by the time my last sale rolled around I just wanted everything GONE and marked everything even lower. This year, I'm just going to use my 3x5 card method and label the *areas* as to what is what :)

04-26-2011, 12:23:33 PM
Ooh great idea angeleeza! I am planning on doing a yard sale on May 13.

I sold some stockpile at my sale last year and did really well. Anybody wish to share some pricing for basic stockpile stuff??

like Nivea body wash?? LOL

04-26-2011, 04:32:32 PM
Last year I sold my Nivea for $2 but it didn't sell that well, I dropped it to $1.50 and it sold better.

My pricing -

ALL deodorants $1
Bodywash's: $1.50-$2 (depending on the brand)
Toothpaste - the more expensive kind: $1.50
Cleaning supplies - $1.50

04-26-2011, 05:04:52 PM
I will post more of my prices soon, but for the most part I agree with mrsjschultz's above, except I usually do my toothpaste at $1 and I usually sell out.

04-29-2011, 03:20:15 PM
Here are some of my prices off the top of my head:

Toothpaste/Toothbrushes: $1.00 (except for the Reach TB's, I do 0.75 on those)
Bodywash: $1.50-$2.00 (if it's a big bottle of Olay or something I'll do $2.50, and when I had alot of the Ivory BW, I did those for 0.75 and completely sold out!)
Deodorant (men's and women's): $1.00 (except for the small Suave, I do those at 0.75 or 2/$1)
Cartridge Razors: $3.00
Disposable razors: usually $2.00-$2.50
Shave Gel: $1.00
Dawn/Gain dish soap: $0.75
Lysol toilet bowl cleaner (when I have it, it always sells out!): $1.00
Most other cleaners: $1.00-$1.50
Most medicines: $1.00-$1.50 (don't have much luck with those anymore, so I price them low)
Glade Sense & Spray: $3.00
Candles (small): $0.75-$1.00, more for the really big ones (I have a ton of these, and they didn't sell well for me last year)
Maxi Pads, etc.: $1.00-1.50 usually for the 16-24ct size....the big packs are more
Glade scented oil refills: $1.25
Shampoo, etc.: $1.50 usually
Body Lotion: $2.00-$2.50 depending on brand
Facial cleansers: usually $1.50 depending on brand
Frank's Red Hot (small bottle, about the only food type item I sell): $0.50
Reach Floss: $0.50

That's about all I can think of right now! :-)

04-30-2011, 12:30:59 PM
here is what i usually price and do well..

make up $2-$3
Cereal $1 ea
chex mix $1 ea (sold out last year in the first 30 mins! LOL)
cans of CBRD- 2/$1
mt olive pickles $1
tissues 2/$1 small cube large box $1
marcal 4 pks .50 or 2/$1
gillette razors $4
Shick razors $4
bic disposibles $1 ea
toothbrushes $1 ea
floss 2/$1
toothpste $1 ea big box $1.50 ea
lotion $1-$2 depends on size
bodywash $1-$2 depends on size
shampoos $1- $1.50 ea
stylers $1.50
meds $1 ea

kids stand:
capri sun (whole cases $1) singles~ .25ea
brownies, cupcakes, rice crispie treats~ 2/$1
lemonade ~.50
canned soda ~.50 ea
bottled water ~$1 ea
banana mini loafs ~$2 ea
choc chip mini loafs $2 ea
candy bags $1 ea
gum 2/$1

05-02-2011, 09:55:23 AM
I'm loving this thread. I plan on having a garage sale in 3 weeks but it'll mostly be my kid's clothes (6 huge tubs) and toys. I do have some stockpiled items that I wouldn't mind trying to sell. Thanks for the pricing recommendations.

05-02-2011, 10:09:29 AM
clothing seems to sell better when i have them hung up or neatly folded on top of a table instead of in a tote or box.. easier and better presentable to the eye of the buyer ;)

05-09-2011, 09:36:24 AM
saturday is getting closer my yardsale is coming EEEKKK i have to get things around this week. good luck everyone having a yardsale this weekend im hoping to get enough to fix my car

05-14-2011, 11:46:49 AM
well had my yardsale and it drizzled yucky day. but did well made a little over $500 opened from 7am till 1 not bad for a rain day

05-14-2011, 11:49:02 AM
I'm thinking about calling mine off for next weekend.......I just can't seem to get in the mood!

05-14-2011, 12:17:50 PM
i wasnt in the mood this morning when i was on 2 hrs of sleep all day i wanted to give up but then see more ppl come after the rain finally started stopping idk i think i did well but its alot of work.

05-14-2011, 12:23:47 PM
You all are making me jealous! I live in an apartment with a limited stockpile! BUT I am moving this summer to a house where I hope to grow my stockpile AND have yard sales NEXT summer! I will be taking notes until then! Good Luck everyone!

05-17-2011, 08:18:16 AM
Ok I think I am going to finally have my sale this Friday....I need some opinions on pricing...you guys have really helped me out on that so far.

Lysol no touch hand soap system?
Just for men touch of gray?
Listerine agent cool blue?
nasogel nose spray?
Ear rinse?

thanks guys!

05-17-2011, 08:59:06 AM
im not sure id want to sell anything i have so far. i cant see me buying anything i would want to sell, since im only stockpiling for my family. or maybe i just dont understand

06-16-2011, 08:13:41 AM
Oooohhh what a fun thread, I had a sale a few weeks back, we had moved a year ago from a 3 story town home to a 600 sq ft single family home and had a TON of stuff to get rid of. We did awesome! This weekend is the city wide and we are almost finished setting up. At the last sale I sold out of just about everything all of the big items are gone, half the clothes and only a few small totes of stockpile items are left I am hoping that this sale I can do about half the sales I did for the last then I will be almost completely out of debt, then the rest can start going towards all my dental work that I have been putting off for years yipeeeee.
I do need opinions on times to open and close, we are doing Fri and Sat the last sale we opened at 10 and had a flood of people in 10 minutes and when do you think is a good time to start closing down (besides when we don't see much foot traffic). Thanks for reading and wish me luck :)