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$15 Tax Deductible Registration Fee
Your $15 + registration fee will be donated to The Alameda Sun to help off-set advertising cost, and a portion donated to Girls Inc of the Island City.
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Cash and Checks are OK too. Please drop off at
the Alameda Sun Office:
3215 Encinal Ave, Ste J, Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 263-1470
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Gather Your Goods
Grab a box and go through every room, closet, attic, basement, and garage. If you don’t want it or haven’t used in one year, toss it in! Shoppers love antiques, quality furniture, CDs, DVDs, video games, bottles of perfume, tools, picture frames, and vintage accessories.
Pro Tip: Put power strips, cell phone chargers, USB cables, old electronics and games in a separate box marked to sell.
The day before the yard sale, get chairs to sit on and a table or other flat surface to do business. Display breakable items on sturdy card tables and patio furniture. Put non-breakable items on old ironing boards and make a display with a board placed over two milk crates. Hang clothing on a garment rack or on hangers from the garage door.
Pro Tip: Put tables with breakables to the side or against a fence to minimize the chance of getting a table knocked over by unattended kids running around.
Have Ample Change
Wear a tool belt or fanny pack with ample change. Have at least $20 in ones and fives, and $20 in quarters.
Pro Tip: Don’t leave cash lying around. Ask your bank for reusable cash envelopes to run extra money into the house throughout the day.
Sort items and group similar things together before you price them: clothing, toys, kitchen tools, etc.
Pro Tip: Divide men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing. Most shoppers are looking for specific stuff and will appreciate your organization.
Price Your Items
Price things individually instead of dumping stuff into boxes with one price. For price tags, use a Sharpie to write prices on bits of masking tape.
Don’t let your couch go for $5 to the first customer. Someone else always comes along willing to pay your price. Start haggling in the afternoons to get rid of everything.
Pro Tip: Your goal is to sell everything, so price items to sell without giving away the farm. If items are priced too high, most shoppers will just walk away without haggling.
Organize and Arrange Your Sale
Assemble everything the night before and put it in the garage. Arrange display tables and put all clothing on hangers. To keep things logical and organized, map out where everything will go.
Pro Tip: If you can’t put everything in the garage overnight, group similar items into laundry baskets and boxes. It’s much easier pulling out boxes of already sorted stuff.
At least one hour before the start time, set everything out, have your change in a safe place, find a comfortable, shaded area to sit, and always wear sunscreen.
Pro Tip: Set up in a spot that’s very visible from the street. A yard sale sign will help customers know where to stop.
Work the Crowd
Customers will ask questions, haggle price, and pick everything up, especially if it’s breakable. Don’t be pushy, stay seated, greet everyone, and let the customers come to you.
Pro Tip: Sit so you can see people walking up and welcome everyone with a friendly “Hello!”
Deal with Leftovers
Take leftovers to a resale store such as Salvation Army or Goodwill for charitable tax deductions. Itemize everything with its original value, and get a receipt at the drop off.
Pro Tip: Craigslist shoppers love big-ticket items such as couches and TVs, so post an ad and make more money than you would with a tax deductible donation!