What to sell for a successful Yard Sale


Having a successful yard sale is not that difficult. Going to look for yard sales, or yard sailing is a fantastic weekend activity. Having a good yard sale is not rocket science, you don’t have to have a college degree to have a good yard sale. You don’t even need to be educated; you just have to know a few key elements that will make your yard sale profitable!


In order to have a successful yard sale, you must be offering a good product. The old saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” is true, however the term “junk” must be given some serious consideration. Used coloring books, and last week’s newspaper is not junk. They are trash and belong in the recycling bin. Stuff like this will never sell at a yard sale because people don’t want to buy something they can’t get any use out of!

Clothing – Clothing is not always something people look for while out yard sailing. In fact, you will fail in your attempt at a yard sail should you decide to have only clothing. Some clothing can sell, while others will do nothing more than collect pollen in your yard.

  • Underwear is never a good idea to sell at a yard sale
  • T-shirts/Pants are almost as bad as underwear. They have been worn and sweat into for long enough that you don’t want them anymore.
  • Sweatshirts can be a decent seller.
  • Coats/Jackets are not bad to be selling at a yard sale.
  • Shoes/Sneakers are sometimes a good idea, but only if they aren’t smelly, ripped, or holey.

Games – Almost any type of game is good to have at a yard sale. As long as all the pieces are included, people will buy games.

Kitchenware – There is a constant need for kitchen utensils, dinnerware, silverware, pots, pans, and casserole dishes

Tools – Men love tools, and the opportunity to buy them at a yard sale for a cheap price is ideal. They may be a bit older and even rusty, but the chance to save $50-$100 is just something that can’t be passed up!

Toys – Toys are another popular item at yard sales. If there are families out driving around, and you have toys at your yard sale, the kids are definitely going to beg to stop and look.

DVD’s/Movies/CD’s – Movies and music are great products to be selling at a yard sale.

Furniture/Appliances – Because of the sheer size of most furniture and appliances, these products are tough to sell. However, they can be your most profitable if the right person comes along. It is a good idea to have some quality pieces of furniture at your yard sale. If they are falling apart, or don’t work, do not bother selling them. It just won’t happen.

Your yard sale should be diverse with products. Yard sales catering to one market will be much less successful because you are essentially shutting out most of the people that drive by! I have learned my lesson…if all I see is clothing or toys, I will keep on driving. No matter what.

  Tami Rapaport’s Team
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

130 Dean Drive
Tenafly, NJ. 07670
Direct Line: 201-227-2045
Cell: 201–665-5558
201-567-7788 ext. 127
Fax: 201-567-3220




About tamirapaport

I have been a Tenafly Realtor for many years and continue to offer excellent service for my friends and clients. I have been fortunate to be the only realtor to achive Platinum Level Sales Award for 8 years in a row! (NJAR Circle of Excellence 2002-2009) and in 2008, I ranked #3 out of 3,900 Coldwell Banker agents throughout the entire state of New Jersey! I love my job and my committment shows. I am also a member of Coldwell Banker International President's Premier, the top 1% worldwide of the heighest sales ranking within the company. Awards are great recognition, but my clients will tell you I get the job done! I am multi-lingual and speak fluent Hebrew as well as English.
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