Submitted by Rolando Trentini, Agent
You're about to relocate and along with that comes the task of moving all your goods. Now is a good time to decide what you will keep and what you wish to leave behind. A moving sale can reduce the weight of your shipment and the cost of your move. Also, of course, a moving sale can generate additional funds that may offset other expenses.
The key to a successful moving sale is determining what you no longer use, have outgrown, or what you can easily replace at your new home. Remember, what may seem worthless to you is another person's treasure.
And who knows, if you haven't sold your home yet, a moving sale may even attract the right buyer.
How to Begin
Ask your family members about items they wish to sell, they may desire to sell more things than you imagined. Or, you might organize a "neighborhood" sale and pool the efforts of other families on your street.
When to Have Your Sale
Set a date and a time as soon as you can. Fridays and Saturdays are usually best; however, try to avoid holiday weekends. Establish a rain date if you think it may be necessary. Determine the hours, such as 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Many shoppers like to be first in line, so be prepared for early arrivals.
Where to Hold Your Sale
Check with local authorities about restrictions for sales in your area. Once you have a location, decide if the sale will be in the garage, yard or basement. Make sure there is ample parking and space for people to move about.
Publicize Your Sale
A good source of publicity is your local paper. Contact the Classified Advertising department to find out:
-How they calculate costs - by column inches, number of lines or number of words?
-What is the cost to run the ad Friday and Saturday vs Saturday...