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Old 08-13-2008, 08:40 AM   #1
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First Yard Sale: How much change do you start with?

Another quick question for all you helpful people.

How much cash should I have on hand for change to start the sale with? $100 - $200.

I would guess I should have a lot of dollar bills and change. But exactly how much would you suggest?

Thanks so much!
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:54 AM   #2
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I usually only have about $50 in singles, fives, tens, and change. I guess more could always be better because people might show up with bigger bills.
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:10 AM   #3
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I set myself up with $100 in small bills on the first day and about $25 in change. I personally refuse $100 bills, until i get me one of those handy counterfeit ID pens.

I also forbid anyone from marking endign in anything other than 5 cents--i refuse to stock pennies. and really, should a garage sale item be marked $1.99?? no thanks. . .
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:57 AM   #4
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It might depend what items I have selling. I usually get about $25 in singles a few fives and some coin. I would expect yard/garage salers to pay with singles. I think it's crazy when people hand me a twenty for a $1 item and expect change. Sure! If you want all ones. But then that leaves me with no more singles. Maybe I will hand them change in all coin next time to teach them a lesson. Ha! Ya right. You just never know sometimes.

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Old 08-13-2008, 01:56 PM   #5
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I just did a yard sale last weekend and my bank was $44.50. $40 in bills -- $20 ones, $10 in fives, one $10 bill and $3 in quarters, $1 in dimes and $.50 in nickels. Worked out great and never ran out of anything. Serious yard sale-ers know to bring small bills and coin.
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:59 PM   #6
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I usually just do about $20-$30 in bills and a handful of change. I try to price most of my stuff to round to a quarter. I won't take bills higher than a $20. I usually have no problems....most yard salers come prepared with small bills and I usually don't have to make too much change.

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Old 08-13-2008, 04:15 PM   #7
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If the item is in perfect condition mark it 1/3 of what it originally cost. If it is not perfect it needs to be much lower. Adult clothes need to be priced cheaply. For instance a man's shirt only $1.00. Always round up just a bit, always! For instance, I would take 50 cents for a man's shirt so I price it at $1.00. People love to think they got you to go down on price. Prices on EVERYTHING. People will pass up on items if they have to bring it over and say, "How much for the lamp?"

Have a 25 cent table. That way you don't have to put little tags on little items.

Have a free box for dented, stained items. Make a sign, "FREE with $5.00 purchase." People love this.

Hang up as many clothes as possible. People need to see how big an item is. They have to unfold it. You can duct tape a mop between two ladders for an instant clothes hanger. I promise your clothes will sell for more money and more quickly if you hang them up.

Get the stuff up off the floor. You need tables. People do not want to bend over.

Shoes do not sell, unless they are perfect looking children's shoes.

Any type of glassware, silverware, plates, and knick knacks sell! Men are always looking for tools in GOOD condition.

If your sale starts at 9:00 be READY at 9:00. People will be at your door. Do not think you can walk around still pricing things. People will be ready to buy.

Wear your money in a fanny pack. People steal. Sad but true.

Be generous. One family thought and thought before they bought my Cozy Coupe. As they walked to their car with their purchase I handed them the toy gas pump that went with it. They were shocked. I made their day and in return I got the delighted smile of their daughter.

Use zip locks to bag up little pieces that all go together.

Scrapbook items sell. Yarn, leftover fabric, most craft books do not.

Paper backs sell. Price them for 50 cents or less.

Have a money back promise for any type of electronic gadget. Tell them, "If you bring it home and it doesn't work, come back TODAY, I'll give you your money back." Then write down the price and the item. You can have them sign it. People will often then buy the item. I have never, ever had someone come back.

If someone wants to go really low on a big item get their name and number. If the item is still there on the last day give them a call.

Hope this helps!
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