Yard Sale Your Stockpile!
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Yard Sale Your Stockpile!

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 11:31 am
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Not only can coupons and freebies save you money, but they can also make you money. First by bringing you extra overage after coupons and second by selling your extra items at a yard sale! Here are some tips on just how to do this.

The first time I came across a stockpile yard sale was when I was new to using coupons. One of our neighbor’s clued us in to a great sale that one particular family held twice a year. He called it a grocery sale and said that we could get regular grocery items for half off.

Well, of course I had to check this out. I recognized so many of the items as products from recent coupon and sales combo deals. There was the cereal brand that I had gotten for only 50 cents. There was the toothpaste I cleaned up at the store for free. But each time I did the deal, I only snagged enough to provide for my family or to pass on in donation. This family turned getting the deals into a little side business and was actually making money on their stockpile!

If you want to do the same, whether it is a full stockpile sale or a traditional yard sale that also offers stockpile items, try the following strategies to get the most money from your great deals.

Zero in on hot high priced items that look expensive. The recent deal on the automatic shower cleaner is a good example. While it cost you only $.99 to get the shower cleaning kit, it retails in the store for $14.99, meaning that you could sell it new in the box for $7-10.

Speaking of cleaners. Some of the fastest selling items at this stockpile sale were cleaning items, health and beauty products (especially toothpaste), laundry detergent and cereal.

If you have a lot of samples, bundle them together in a bag. You could either sell multiples of the same sample per bag or put together little travel kits. The travel kits get snatched up pretty quickly.

Try to time your sale so you don’t have items that are expired or near their expiration date. if you do wind up with a few, place them on a bargain table and reduce the cost, making note that they are near expiration. This way, the customers have a choice and don’t feel cheated. Happy customers will tell their friends.

Be sure to have a notebook available. You can take down the names and numbers of people who are looking for specific items. This way, if you find a good deal, you can let them know.

Consider donating any items left over from your sale if they will be expiring before your next sale date.

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