How to Have a Moving Sale

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It isn't fun to move. You have to find a new place to live, make renovations to your old place, put it up for sale or give notice of intent to vacate to your landlord, clean up your old home and pack.As you are doing all of this, you are looking at the accumulated items in each room of your house, thinking, "How did all of this stuff pile up?"Why not have a moving sale? You'll get rid of things you don't want to take with you and earn a few dollars in the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Belongings to sell, already priced
  • A date, place and time to have your moving sale
  • Public notice of your moving sale--flyers
  • Tables, clothing rack or clothesline
  • Money box
  • Change
  • Throw out old, torn, broken items that won't sell. Sort the items you do want to sell into categories, such as children's clothes, women's clothes, men's clothes, toys, appliances, books, knickknacks and kitchen items. You will most likely have items in other categories as well.

  • Decide on a price for each item, or group of items. You might want to consider pricing several similar items the same and grouping those items together.Give yourself some wiggle room for negotiation--buyers who go to moving sales, yard sales, garage sales and jumble sales are experienced and tough negotiators. For instance, if you have an old TV, price it at $30 to $50 more than what you think it might sell for. You want to end the sale with more than $50 in your pocket. Try to do this with everything you sell, but particularly for popular items, such as the TV, DVD players, stereos, CDs and DVDs.

  • Buy small price tags and write the prices of each item neatly on the tag, then stick it on the item. If you choose, you can print the prices in a Word document, then print them on plain white or colored paper, cut them out and staple or tape them to each item.Ensure the price is well secured to each object and that the printing or writing is legible.

  • Advertise your upcoming moving sale by making up simple flyers that you can post around town; ask for permission to do so. List groups of items you will have available, such as baby furniture, children's toys and clothing, kitchen items, futon and frame. Don't forget to include the date and time of your sale, as well as the address. Print the flyers in an eye-catching color, such as red.After you have gotten permission from the city or town you live in to post your flyers, tape the flyers up in the way your city allows. Keep track of where you post them, because after your moving sale you will have to remove all of your flyers.

  • Borrow or pull-out long tables, large baskets and a rolling clothing rack to display your sale items. Your sale clothing will be more attractively displayed if it's hung on a clothing rack, instead of piled up in a wrinkled mess on a large table. Group together clothing items with the same price.Do the same with books, toys and other items.You can display small items, such as toys, in large baskets. Try to arrange your sale items attractively, and remember you'll have to rearrange them many times during your sale.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you live in an area covered by Craigslist.org, you can also advertise in the "for sale" section of that site.
  • Do not neglect to make it clear that all sales are final.
  • If your municipality has specific, strict rules about any kind of yard sale, educate yourself about those laws and don't neglect to follow them.
  • Have cool water handy to keep yourself hydrated. You will probably stay outside most of the day.
  • Don't allow yourself to be distracted by people tagging along with probable buyers. If necessary, enlist a friend or family member to help you out.

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