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Warm Things Up
Turn garages, sheds and barns into cozy shopping centers by using indoor space heaters. If you happen to have an outdoor heater, place it on your driveway beside your most browsable items to encourage exploration. Fire pits warm things up while also attracting customers.
Draw in Passersby
Stage your sale where people can see it. If your home isn't visible from the road, tie brightly colored balloons to your mailbox along with clear signage. Decorations draw eyes, as do arrow signs that direct drivers from a nearby intersection.
The Price Is Right
People are less likely to buy if they have to ask how much, so label prices clearly. If the goal is moving merchandise, keep your numbers low. A price gun or color-coded sticker system lets you label quickly in cold weather, while string tags are better for delicate items.
Tables Encourage Browsing
Searching for hidden gems is fun for shoppers, so stage your tag sale to promote lingering. Lay out small items such as jewelry and housewares on tables for easy viewing. Reserve the warmest spots for items that people want to pick up and inspect.
Organized Bins for Smoother Sales
Bins are ideal for sorting soft items such as clothing, linens and stuffed animals, as well as small stuff. Save time with group pricing , such as any table cloth for $5, and sort children's clothing by age and gender to make it easy for parents to shop.
Open Shelves for Easy Viewing
Display bulky items such as shoes, toys and small appliances on shelves for people to view without rummaging. Tall shelves can create a sense of space, so take advantage by lining at least two sides of your sales area with them, surrounding people with merchandise to create a more store-like atmosphere.
Put a Lock On Your Return
Store cash in a safe place as opposed to stuffed into your pockets. A cash box keeps bills sorted so you can make change quickly. You can lock it in between sales for safe keeping. Don't forget to start with some change. Ask your bank for small bills, including plenty of $1, $5 and $10 dollar bills, in addition to quarters, dimes and nickels.
Warm Up Cold Hands
Entice would-be bargain hunters on chilly days with steaming mugs of hot cocoa, mulled cider or coffee. Free refreshments not only warm hands to keep shoppers looking, they also transform your tag sale into a mini break from wintry routines. Use brightly colored cups to catch the attention of passersby.
Tempt a Sweet Tooth
Set out bowls of bite-sized treats to complete the refreshment table. To keep food fresh, stick to individually wrapped items such as candy, chips or bags of nuts. Consider inviting a youth association to stage a bake sale on your property to increase sales for both of you.