by Jackie Piper
There are so many ways to raise money for the fight against MS. If you need ideas to help you toward your fundraising goal, checkout this link.
My team, the MS WARRIORS, has used a yard sale to help us raise money for Challenge Walk every year. I'd like to share some "Hot Tips" for a successful and easy yard sale that we've learned over the years. Here are some things that work for us:
#1 Have an awesome sign. The title of this post is one idea for a sign I saw on Pinterest. However, we like customers to know the WHY of our yard sale, so make sure people know you are raising money for a great cause.
#2 Have an awesome organizer in charge. This is my daughter, Annie. Trust me, "Organized" is her middle name.
#3 Try to collect some larger items from family and friends. Furniture sells! BIG ITEMS = BIG BUCKS.
#4 Organize (there's that word again!) and price stuff by table, not by item. Whew!! This saves you a ton of work and customers really like it. Also, don't haggle. We gently remind the cheapskates...er bargainers...that the money is for charity!
#5 Highlight your really awesome
junk items. I mean who can resist a "Gone With The Wind" ornament??? (It
sold, by the way!)
#6 Have a "Fill the Bag" deal at the end of your sale. Our community has a Garage Sale Facebook page that lets us communicate in the moment with customers. We used the fill-the-bag-for-a-dollar approach for the last hour of our yard sale. You really don't want that stuff back, right?! And guess what? Because it's for a great cause, people will sometimes give you more than a buck!
#7 Pray for no rain. Okay, it's out of your hands, but have a contingency plan. Like an adorable child with a bright orange umbrella to show people that rain won't close you down!
Have a great sale!!