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YARD SALE TIPS - AFTER YOUR SALE

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Counting Your Money


Count your money after the sale inside your house (away from public view). If you had more than one person acting as a cashier, have each person count the money they collected and write down the total before mixing it together.

Go through the sale record and total the amount of money that was supposed to be collected. Compare this amount with the total of the money actually collected and see if they match. Resolve any differences to everyone's satisfaction. If you held a multi-family sale with a common cashier, distribute the money to each family based on the dollar amount of their items that actually sold.

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Cleaning Up


Once your sale is over, it is a courtesy to all your neighbors to promptly clean up. You may also be required by a local ordinance to remove your signs within a certain amount of time after your sale has ended.

Remove every sign that was put up advertising your sale. It is a good idea to make a map of all sign locations before you put them up so that you can be sure of getting them all when you take them down. Click here for more sign tips.

Unsold items that you want to try and sell at your next sale should be packed in such a way that it will be easy for you to get them out when that time comes. Group similar items in the same box and write what is in it on the outside of the box. This way, when you get the stuff out the next time, it will already be sorted for you.

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Disposing of Unsold Items


Throw away items that really are trash. Give away items to your favorite charity that could really help someone out. Remember - "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord" (Proverbs 19:17 - NIV).

If you had an early bird that was interested in an item that didn't sell, give them a call and see if they are still interested in buying it (assuming you remembered to get their contact information before they left your sale).

Sometimes someone will come at the end of your sale and make you an offer on everything that is left over. The offer is usually a very low amount, but you may want to sell the stuff to them rather than carry it inside, put it in the trash, pack it up, etc.

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