What I've learned for the next time:
*Saturday only- the lack of customers isn't worth the amount of work (currently, after about 2hrs of opening I have made $16.05 out of my $80 goal.-told dh (dear husband or damn husband if you prefer) I guessed we'd rake in $300)
Even discussed with another neighbor next year same time we will all have a barbeque after our sales! So a Saturday only sale plus a barbeque will be enough for one weekend.
*Lots of change! Love those customers picking up $ 0.50 or less items hoping I don't have change to break a $20 and I'll just say "Go ahead and just take it."
My change was a roll of quarters, $50 in fives, and $40 in ones; perfect amount thus far.
*Have a little jazz music in the background-music helps people relax and not too mention for those that feel 'weird' rummaging through someone else's things
*Stage- sales is all about presentation! I've had a few comment how mine is one of the nicest and most organized. I had a living room section and it was decorated with knickknacks you'd find in a living room. (too bad the house wasn't this organized)
*Sell food and drinks! Learned this one from the neighbor's little girls. I saw a line form in front of their lemonade/brownie stand! EVEN had a family return to the neighbors' to purchase more goods after they came over to my place to eat!
Already told my neighbor, "Guess we're gonna have a bake off!" (may have to enlist help from my friend Jen who bakes!)
If someone buys something they must take it with them...we're not PS!
A woman who hardly spoke English (frankly I think it's a low baller ploy) kept saying $5 every time I said a table set was $8. After going back and forth a few times, I finally gave in and stated (hmm maybe she's onto something) $6. As she's handing me the money she points to my garage and says to "put there, back at afternoon." Then ran off!
She didn't come back "at afternoon" I was going to leave it outside but just thought great she might be a litigious nut and somehow find a reason to sue me. Dh decided to put tables in garage. "At afternoon" turned into 9 A.M. the next day. What if we were at church or just not home? She THEN had dh break it down to fit in her car, great he accidentally scratches it and we become the next litigants on People's Court ( I heart judge Milian- I digress) She even was poking around in our garage!
*so someone buys it they must remove it before leaving the property.
Sale complete and I made $242.50! The general goods are loaded up in the van to go to Good Will, a few kitchen appliances and baby items will be in large bundles placed on Craigslist; I may even give Ebay a shot.
Good thing the next sale is a year away-
p.s. I'm pooped~