You have heard all the so-called experts talk about yard sales—get a lot of signage, post your yard sale dates on the internet, tag everything with price tags, and the list goes on…
But what information do you really need to get the most out of a yard sale? As the authority in the field, when it comes to yard sales, here is the yard sale news you can use.
Don’t drive around aimlessly
Yard sale hosts (sellers) need to help buyers get to their yard. In the good old days, people posted yard sale signs with arrows on them and nailed them to telephone poles and traffic signs. Guess what? It isn’t 1980 anymore. Many neighborhoods don’t even have telephone poles on which to post a sign. And, most people use GPS navigation systems to get to any destination including a yard sale. Make sure you post your address on every sign. Arrows can’t hurt but useful information like an address will certainly help attract buyers.
How to find the best yard sales
Yard sale shoppers have to know where the best yard sales are taking place. To find the prime yard sales, consider the neighborhood and the age of the houses in the neighborhood. For instance, houses in newly developed neighborhoods (less than 10 years old), do not typically host many yard sales. Instead, try to visit yard sales in neighborhoods where the houses are at least 30 years old or more. Why? The homeowners there are probably in the stage of their lives where they are downsizing, cleaning out a family home of a deceased relative, etc. This represents the difference between yard sale shopping at the home of a newlywed couple in their 20s versus a grandmother in her 80s. Where would you rather spend your yard sale time? Grandma has probably accumulated more yard sale treasures and has a greater need to sell her stuff.
Find out what it’s worth!
As an antiques appraiser with a PhD and decades of market experience, I know that most yard sale hosts don’t bother to find out what their objects are worth before they schlep them out from the attic to the front lawn. As a shopper, know the price points and market value of the objects that you are thinking about buying. Do your homework and you can go home with some great stuff.
Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on the hit TV show, Auction Kings on Discovery channel. To learn about your antiques, visit DrLoriV.com, Facebook.com/DoctorLori, @DrLoriV on Twitter, or call (888) 431-1010.