Enroll as many friends and family as possible into helping out the night before
Ideally, one person should sit at a table and handle the cash
Make a list of anything priced at more than $5, and have the "cashier" check it off the list (recording how much it sold for) so that you can divvy up the proceeds fairly at the end of the day. Have snacks and drinks available for your hard-working "staff," and make sure to thank them afterward. Here are other items you'll need:
- Newspapers, bags, and boxes to wrap and pack fragile items.
- At least $60 in change: four $5 bills (if you have a lot of big-ticket items, you'll need tens and twenties as well); two or three rolls of quarters
- A calculator to add up purchases
- Pens, markers, pads of paper
- "Sale" tags or red stickers to mark-down items that haven't sold by mid-afternoon.
- Your kids can develop their entrepreneurial spirit by selling some of their old possessions (subject to your approval
--you don't want them selling their new "Sunday-best" clothes for $1!) or running a lemonade stand to refresh customers at your sale.
Dealing with Dealers
If someone (or two) shows up at your house several hours or even the day before the sale is supposed to start
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