Do’s and Don’ts of Yard Sale Display

Summer’s here and that means it’s time for yard sale season to begin. If you’re thinking about hosting a yard sale this year to get rid of unwanted clutter and make a few extra bucks, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of essential do’s and don’ts for yard sale displays. Read on to learn more.


Here are the things you must avoid doing when preparing for your yard sale:

  • Don’t waste time cleaning or prepping. Yard sale attendees expect to find clean goods when they look at your sale, but they’re not expecting your sale or your items to look like they’re in the Chanel store. So, you should definitely throw any old clothes in the wash machine and fold them, but you definitely don’t need to waste time ironing your clothes.
  • Don’t group items or racks too close together. Carefully plan out how you’re going to set up your sale ahead of time. Failing to do so often results in a cluttered sale space that will frustrate some buyers to the point of them leaving empty-handed.
  • Don’t sell recalled or damaged items. No matter how frustrating it may be that an item you once purchased is recalled or damaged, don’t put these unwanted items out at your sale. Bite the bullet and toss them in the trash.


  • Do group similar items together. An easy organizational hack for your sale doubles as a sale-boosting tactic. Separate all of the items you’ll be selling into groups, and clearly mark each group’s section at your sale. This will make it easy for shoppers to find what they’re looking for, making them happier to spend money at your sale.
  • Do place valuable items near the checkout. Moving your valuable items close to the checkout table is beneficial for a multitude of reasons. First, having these items close to you will allow you to keep a watchful eye on them to make sure they don’t go missing. Second, you may get people to impulsively purchase these items if they’re on their way up to register and something catches their eye.
  • Do place large items close to the street. If you’re selling furniture or any other hot, big-ticket items that aren’t easy to steal, place these items toward the end of your driveway near the street. Even if someone wasn’t planning on shopping your sale, if they see something that they like, they may stop and make an impulse purchase.
  • Do invest in advertisement and signboards. Advertising your sale and using well-made signs are a great way to boost your sales and spread the word. From signs that let people know where the sale is to signs that point out different sections of your sale, no one will complain about too much organization at your sale.
  • Do rearrange goods during downtime. There’s nothing worse than a messy and cluttered yard sale. When there’s downtime during your sale, be sure to spend that time rearranging goods instead of just hanging out. If it’s easy to find items, shoppers are more likely to purchase goods.


By keeping these tips in mind while planning and hosting your yard sale, you’ll be well on your way to a successful event. Best of luck!