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How to Have a Yard Sale in an Apartment

Apartment dwellers, don't let the fact that you don't technically have a yard get in the way of having a yard sale. Sell your old, unwanted stuff the suburban way with these tips.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Be prepared with cash on hand to make change and grocery bags for customer purchases. Make sure clothes are hung on racks, your items are displayed well, and everything has a price tag. Have someone guard the till at all times.
  • Step 2: Donate your unsold items to the organization of your choice that offers a free pickup service. Or post items you're willing to give away for free online and enjoy your newly uncluttered apartment.
  • FACT: A 2009 survey of shoppers found that signs posted in the area of a garage sale were the most effective advertising method, beating out newspaper and internet ads.
  • Step 3: Price items to sell, unless you want to haul all of your junk back to your apartment.
  • TIP: Check with your landlord or city center to find out if you need a permit.
  • Step 4: Seek cooperation from others in your building who undoubtedly have just as much old, unwanted stuff. The more people pitching in, the easier it will be to set everything up, and the more stuff you'll have to sell.
  • Step 5: Secure a location, like the parking lot or a common area in the building to avoid having strangers tramping through your apartment. Set a date a few weeks in advance so you'll have time to prep your wares.
  • Step 6: Advertise your sale at least one week in advance. Put an ad in a local newspaper, post signs in pre-approved locations in your neighborhood, and place ads online on yard sale-oriented websites.
  • Step 7: Ask permission from your apartment manager or landlord. There may be rules governing the times and dates that you're allowed to hold a sale.

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