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Handling Buyers in A Yard Sale

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Handling buyers in a yard sale (garage sale) is another important factor in how much you will make at the end of the day. Here is some advice:

  • Decide when it is appropriate to leave buyers in a yard sale (garage sale) to browse and when to offer comments about the items. The decision is a matter of opinion. Some people don't like the owner hovering over them as they browse; others appreciate the extra information.
  • Greet people as they arrive and try to figure out if they are friendly and talkative or are less social and desire to be left alone.
  • It is best to have at least one other person helping you. It is sad to say but yard sales (garage sales) are a place where many dishonest people go to steal and they use a distract and steal technique. One of them will come and keep you busy by asking questions while their partner steals things and leaves. If you have another person helping you, they can keep an eye on the partner.
  • Some don't agree to hold anything for someone unless they give you a non-refundable deposit. People may ask you to save something for them while they run to the nearby ATM and you will never see them again. They may have changed their mind or that was their social way of finding a way to end their conversation with you and leave. When you agree to hold an item and someone else is interested, ask them for their phone number. Tell them that you "think" you have a buyer but in case it doesn't work out, you will give them a call.
  • Have a box of toys or stuffeol animals for the kids. Once again, this helps keep the kids busy so the parents will shop longer.

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