Did Someone Say Yard Sale?

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Having a Yard or Tag Sale

I know with this freakin’ snow that we’ve been getting, it’s hard to think about yard sales. Do you call them yard sales or tag sales? However you say it – it’s a sale!

I have my fingers crossed that our little town of Lisbon gets to have a “Town Wide Yard Sale” a great way to rid your home of clutter and make a few bucks at the same time, the best part will be getting to know people in the community.

The winter months is the perfect time to tackle a large organizing project, and garage sales are one of my favorite ways to DISCARD in the Spring and Summer time; they are an awesome excuse to enjoy to weather, get to know your community all the while making money!

Start with decluttering your home – Go room-by-room or (Zone -by-Zone) and create an inventory of  items that are in good condition and should not be recycled/tossed. Think of a need – treat – experience that this money will go towards to help serve as inspiration to make the experience even more rewarding

Once you’ve decided what’s going in the Yard Sale, you can dive in using my tips (and supply list!) to make your yard sale smooth and a success!

Prep:

  1. Clean items up, so that they look well taken care of
  2. Sort and plan how you will group/display the next day
  3. Go through clothing pockets, handbags, etc. to make sure there are no credit card receipts or personal information you are selling off with the items
  4. Price items:
    • Nearly new condition = 2/3 of original price
    • Average condition = 1/3 of original price.
    • For small items, don’t price individually, make poster board signs like “Every item on table = $1” or “Books = .25/each, 5 for $1.”
    • Clothes, books, and outdated trendy items don’t sell!
  5. Place price tags visible on all items (For large furniture items, place large tag/card describing item, its’ condition and possibly a picture of it from a catalog with the original price circled if it’s a popular item.)
  6. Mark sets: “4 Glasses in a set,” so just one or two is not sold.
  7. Put up signs the night before with arrows pointing to the sale. Avoid stapling to trees or utility poles. Check out My Pinterest Page for Yard Sale Tips and Designs.
  8. Consider if you want to use any digital payment services, like Venmo or PayPal, to increase the likelihood of purchases. There are of course benefits to being cash-only, but you may want to consider this if you have any very large ticket items and are in a location inconvenient to a bank/ATM. Great idea! set-up your account and test it prior to the sale day.

Morning of Sale:

  1. Display your items for marketing: Put the most appealing and interesting items near the street, to entice drivers to stop and shop.
  2. Display your items for ease: Arrange books, records, DVD’s, etc. with titles visible.
  3. Keep most valuable items near you.
  4. Cover up what you don’t want sold, either with a sheet or a tarp, or rope it off.
  5. Make sure your doors and windows are locked; don’t allow people into the house to use the bathroom or try on clothes.
  6. Place the payment tables near the entrance, to prevent stealing.

During Sale:

  1. Play music to create a joyful atmosphere; if you don’t know what to play, look at pandora or spotify’s popular playlists. Offer finger food and cold drinks if you want to create even more good vibes!
  2. Handle cash efficiently: If someone hands you a large bill, leave it out on table while you are making change prevents confusion over how large a bill they gave you.
  3. If you are accepting digital payments, ensure that the payment goes through before completing the sale. Do not take checks, unless willing to risk it bouncing.
  4. Negotiate strategically: Pre-plan how low you will go, especially for big ticket items. But don’t go down too early in the day on these big ticket items, have the person come back later to see if it hasn’t sold yet. When unsure of a negotiation, ask yourself: “Do I want to put bring it back in the house?”
  5. Replenish and consolidate display tables throughout the day so you don’t appear down to the leftovers.

After Sale:

  1. Box up leftovers right away and donate to a charity, so that the items don’t go back to creating clutter in your home.
  2. Take down signs.

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Supply List:

  • Boxes and grocery bags to pack up sold items. Packing paper for fragile items
  • 2 fanny packs for the money handlers
  • 2 small notepads and pens (if buyers request receipts or information about the sold article)
  • An extension cord to test any electric equipment that is being sold
  • Mirrors, if selling clothes or jewelry – set them up on furniture you’re trying to sell.
  • Sandwich bags if she is selling any jewelry, for bagging
  • STARTING MONEY: $50 in singles ($25 in change if there are items < $1)
  • Pricing labels and tie-on tags for items that the pricing labels won’t adhere to
  • Sharpies for labeling
  • Fat Markers for street signs
  • Poster board and yard sticks for signs around the neighborhood.
  • Tables and tablecloths for display

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Which Do You Like To Receive a Hand-Made or Store-Bought Gift?

Here are a few simple D*I*Y projects that could be done in a day or weekend, and will be loved for a very long time . . . Who doesn’t love a Love-Made Gift From Hand?

 

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Sunday Blessings

There are nine days left until Christmas – okay . . .  Okay, take a breathe . . . Ahhh

I know you’re struggling with deadlines at work before the Holiday Shut-Down, maybe it’s projects, assignments, make-up work and deadlines at school, or you have aging parents not living near you and they too have lists and deadlines for you.

You can always reach out to me @ CC Home Concierge Co. to hire a Home Concierge for that Peace of Mind! experience, to know that items are getting done from your “Seems-like-never-ending” To-Do List this holiday season.

Give yourself the Gift of Harmony this Christmas . . .

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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If you’re looking for help with holistic clean & organize services, along with redesign in your spaces before your holiday guests arrive or after they leave give me a call to schedule a consultation to learn more about my unique concept of holistic cleaning and organizing method to bringing form and function to a space.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Quick Guide: Planning The Awesome Holiday Office Party

Office-Christmas-Party8 Simple Secrets to planning an Awesome Holiday Office Party

If the thought of planning the holiday office party has you hoping that the Grinch DOES steal Christmas – Just hang on, I can help you out along with taking away all the stress of planning.

 

  1. Get Organized – Recruit a couple of Elves (your teammates) No one should do it all on own! You can create a list of tasks and then delegate to your Elves (teammates)..
  2. Get Ideas – First, you need to get ideas for the party from the employees. There are two ways I have done this, that’s by setting up an online questionnaire, I use Survey Monkey . The setup is easy, but since you are delegating task this is a good one to give to your Tech Department Elves. The other way of collecting ideas is a simple Suggestion Box (they still are the best)!
  3. Choose a Theme – After, you have collected all the ideas, now choose a theme for the party. If you usually are partying around all your daily equipment-desks, computers,xerox machine, it’s kind of hard to get into the Festive Holiday Spirit. Think of unique and different options – Here is a short list of suggestions: Art Galleries, Museums, Wineries, Country Inns, Community Barns are fun, you can create a New England Christmas in Connecticut feeling!
  4. Donation Area – Tis’ The Season For Giving. Employees love to give – set up an area for your employees to bring a non-perishable food and/or Toy. Choose 2 charities, arrange to have items picked up the night of the party by a certain time. Announce that the items need to be in the boxes by 7:30 pm for example. What a great way to spread some Holiday Spirit and Magic!
  5. Hire Music – Hire a live local band that you know does a Unique Christmas Repertoire or hire a DJ that will keep the party in a positive party vibes.
  6. Make it Night-Time – Make the party an evening event, this way the employees can invite a guest, their spouse, or family.
  7. Designated Driver – Set up with Uber night of party, if anyone needs a ride home (paid for or discount) or with your Employees, create a designated driver program, they can earn merchandise or money.
  8. Give Real Gifts – As a meeting service concierge I have cleaned up after many of company Christmas parties – I had observed my first year that employees would leave behind the box or bag with the certificate and card. You know, the one you have to go online and order your gift for a certain value. I have seen employees leave certificates worth $1000 and over. They want the Real Stuff – The gift they can take home and share with their family.The gift that when they look at it makes them feel good that their management took the time to think of them.

Enjoy!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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