Determine, Organize, & Price Items to Sell
Schedule a day (or two) to de-clutter room by room in your home and make a list of items you would like to sell. Don't sell items that are damaged beyond repair or have been recalled. In fact it is illegal to resell items that have been recalled -- go here for a list of recalled items. Make a note as to what price you would like to sell the item. If you have no idea how to price an item, you can always look up a similar item on eBay or Craigslist. Then set up a holding area for the items you will be selling. Typically this is in the garage because it eliminates moving the sale items multiple times. You'll be able to move the items out easily on the day of the sale. In the holding area, group sale items intoplastic bins (clear ones are best because you can see the contents inside) and boxes. Be sure to label the bin or box (i.e. toys, books, 3-6 month boys' clothing, etc.) and price the items in the grouping the same. Save time by minimizing labeling each item. Instead, label the tables, bins, or racks (i.e. $5-$10, $1 or Less, $25, or Best Offer).Supplies Needed On-site:
- Shopping bags and small boxes to make it easier for customers to take away the goods.
- Tables, clothing racks, and shelves for displaying items.
- A calculator for adding up sales.
- Spare light bulbs, batteries, and extension cords plugged in to show that items work properly.
- Tape measure, pens, and scissors.
- Trash can.
- Paper towels, tissues, and hand-sanitizer.
- Pre-made sticker labels or color-coded stickers for pricing items.
- Newspaper to wrap fragile items.
- Cash-box, hip-pack, or apron with pockets to hold cash and change.