By Tammy Trail
Spring is the time for new beginnings. The birds are out tweeting. Barnyard animals frolic through the grass with younger versions of themselves in the warm sunshine. Humans tend to frolic out of doors also. Yard work calls us into labor. We’ll wear shorts in 60-degree weather because we long for the warmth of spring days.
Cleaning takes on a new meaning in the Spring. Have you noticed any ” Yard Sale” signs out yet? Not to worry, they’re coming. You can be sure that folks will be going through those closets soon and setting gently used merchandise in the “for sale” pile.
Most likely, there is a community of people in your town or city who love to yard sale. They will either have a sale of their own, or wake up early on a Saturday mornings and drive to them. That old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is surely their motto.
Websites, blogs, and even Pinterest share lots of tips for setting up your own yard sale. Here are a few:
- Make your signs attractive and visible to the car passing by your yard. There are some cute ideas on Pinterest with catchy phrases and decorations.
- Prices should be easy to read. Putting them on the top of an item is better.
- Make sure you have enough cash to make change. Chances are everyone will want to pay with a $20 bill.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to help you. While you are distracted, someone could walk off with a potential sale. Another set of eyes can help discourage a thief.
- Selling cold beverages will add to your sales.
If you are an early riser on Saturday mornings and love to bargain, here are some tips for you as well.
- Wear comfortable shoes. You may need to park some distance away from the yard, or stand in line before taking your treasure home.
- Check the box before purchasing an item. There may be something entirely different inside when you get home.
- When buying something electrical, ask if you can plug it in to check it. If it takes batteries, make sure the battery compartment is not corroded.
- Never buy used car seats for babies or toddlers from a garage sale. Once they have been involved in an accident they are useless.
- Purchasing your items with smaller bills will make your seller smile. She or he won’t need to worry about making a lot of change.
My favorite garage/yard sale item was found by my parents. As a young girl, I had a portrait of Jesus hanging on my wall. I talked to him every night before I went to sleep. When I grew up and moved away, I left that picture behind. Through the years, I assumed my parents had gotten rid of it, or it was lost in a move from one house to another.
Last year, I went to visit my Mom to help her get ready for a yard sale. In a corner of her basement, behind a couple of boxes, I found my old friend. He is with me now in my home. One of these days, I will get my picture of Jesus re-framed and hung on the wall in my bedroom.
Here’s a good prompt: Free puppies today.