Summer Yard Sales: The Key to Success?

The temperatures are rising, kids are running around the neighborhood and parents have some time off. The ice cream truck rolls past your house in the dead of the afternoon. What does all this mean? It means that summer is here. And with summer’s arrival comes another milestone: garage sale season. That’s right, garage sales are at their peak in the warmer months of summer. While that might seem like an old wives’ tale, it’s actually the truth. So, if you’ve been planning on hosting a garage sale to get rid of some accumulated clutter and hopefully make a few extra bucks, now’s the time.

Why is summer such a popular yard sale time?

Because the weather is nice and many people have more free time in the summer, there’s a huge benefit to holding your yard sale in the summer. As long as you plan out your sale properly, you’re sure to gather a bigger pool of sellers in the months of June, July and August than you would in say November or December. Think about it, are you more likely to go shopping in someone’s front yard or garage when it’s a warm sunny day or when it’s cold and snowy? The answer is pretty self-explanatory.

How do you make your summer yard sale a success?

If you’re hoping to have a successful summer yard sale (and let’s face it, who isn’t hoping that their sale is a success), there are a handful of things you’ll want to be sure to do. Here’s the general overview of the steps you must take:

  • Sell the right items: You’ll want to make sure that the items you put up for sale at the summer garage sale are in-season and on-trend. This means that you should include summer clothing, summer toys or lawn games and even back-to-school items. Yes, that’s right. Kids will be going back to school in a few short weeks and parents will most likely be looking to get some school must-haves for cheap.
  • Plan the right day and weekend: You’re not going to want to plan your summer sales extravaganza for a holiday weekend. Many families head out of town to go camping or travel to visit loved ones over holiday weekends. That means that long weekends which may fall during Fourth of July and Labor Day are off-limits if you’re hoping to have a successful sale. You’ll also want to make sure that you hold your sale for at least two days to get the highest amount of potential buyers.
  • Advertise your sale: While it’s true that you’ll get a decent amount of foot traffic in the summer months, you can’t bank on that. Be sure to put up bright signs on busy corners and post about your upcoming summer sale on social media and community sites to increase the odds of having as many buyers as possible.


If you’re hoping to have a successful summer sale, you’ll need to make sure that you properly plan out a weekend for it, advertise it as much as possible and sell seasonal items. Good luck!