Organizing & what items to put on there
There’s is nothing worse than a tag sale that has no organization, it looks like a junk yard especially when you don’t use shelving, bookcases etc. And usually turns people off, especially those that just glance instead of actually looking (my dad is like this)
1. Put a couple Draw in items (those that pull customers in) within site of the street but where you can see as well. These are things like Bikes, Power Tools, formal dresses, workout gear and others. As well as High End items (that you may be selling for more like antiques, art. You can even put maybe a sample of each to show and then have them further in or in the middle area to lure the customers in to see other items.
Make most or all of what you have within sight of the street so passers by can see that you don’t have junk.
2.Use tables! First off, no one really wants to bend over to look through something. Someone had a box of purses, bags and in which had a load of reusable shopping bags from all the same place. I did find one thing and that was only because of its colors.
your ‘show’ items should be on here this way they are in the line of sight,(if you feel better having some on a table in front to be your draw-in then fine. But as said this has to be at least a nice painting, some antiques, clocks, electronics etc. Just one or 2 of each type of item.
The following are ‘show tables’ Electronics, Clothes, Tool (sort them through out your sale. have one (say electronics or clothes in the front have another midway and the other farthest in.
If you do not have a big enough rack to hang all the clothes (or enough hangers) use a table for your folded T-shirts & Pants. The Clothes table should be set closest to the street, organize them by who’s they are and by size (say men’s clothes the girls and baby) then set them up by size. No tag included… it’s important to try and note it in someway. Another good idea especially with baby or children’s clothes.. bundle it together with all the same size/sex and include your price. say 5 outfits for $10 or all shirts (5? say) for $5. If all you have is clothes… set the tables by ‘age/sex then ‘size’
a table for infant/baby/toddler 0-12 months child/teen men’s and women’s
Jewelry– preferably in a jewelry box of some sort so you can see the items easier, There’s also those jewelry hangers as well!! You can also use a table with small jewelry boxes, Ziploc bags, or those little draw string sachets. (Frankly if you do not have a jewelry box or the hanger… a nicer presentation is those sachets or the jewelry boxes.
handmade items-Include a business card of yours (or whoever made it) be sure your etsy store or website is on it.
Books, Movies, Music, & Video games – (preferably with the cases & for the games at least the instruction booklet for playing, same goes for board games)
Shoe Box- Post cards, collector cards, small toys
Racks– Clothes (it’s easiest to go through any type of clothes this way. If you don’t have a big enough rack to fit everything on (so that it’s NOT stuffed and have to fight to look at the items) then just put the longer clothing items, dressier/formal stuff blouses suits and dress pants on it.
(as I mentioned if there’s not enough room on the rack) put your casual shirts (like pull over blouses, t-shirts Tanks etc) on a table as well as Jeans.
A book case is great for of course Books, as well as movies & CDs, Also any nice ‘show case items like snow globes, vases etc just be sure to situate it so that it doesn’t wiggle.If you have a series of books (try and sell it as such instead of individual), keep them all in one box to present it & therefore and easier way for you and your customer to carry them to the car.
Shelves – These are great to keep the clutter off the yard. You can use that big metal shelving used in storage rooms. My Aunt had this for ours & I was able to show off more items this way. I even had one with books, dvds etc on it (& had some of them in smaller boxes to clean up easier after it was over!)
If you do not have shelving or a book case to use please try to use some sort of box (on top of a table) and be sure to make a nice organized clean ‘pile’ of the books, a separate pile of Movies. Separate the DVDs from the Blu-rays same for video games.
Better yet…put them in separate box/bins with the spine up so they can be looked through easier. You can mark the boxes or bins ‘Video Games’ (and set them up with their spin up )
If you do not have enough of CDs, Movies or games on Disk (esp in their cases) make an array of them on the table fanned out.But be sure any form of disk if without the plastic case and/or without the liner notes is in a paper sleeves clearly marked what the title is.
Bins & boxes – If you don’t have enough of table space or a book case use this to lump Books together in one (or a few) same with Movies & Music. Be sure the spine is up facing you so they can be skimmed through easily. Bins are great for Toys, Purses & Bags as well and please be sure they are clean before selling
environment line the fence if you have one for presenting the items, like Purses & Bags even clothing on hangers (can be hung on Shelving if it’s that sort)
the Ground – Footwear (if you no longer have the boxes)
3..Lump like items together as well. Ie; Anything ‘Entertainment’ Like Books, Movies, CDs etc in the vicinity of each other. Clothes, accessories, & Footwear.
Tools all in one area, Maybe You might want to include all NEW items on one table instead of putting them with the used stuff.
If you have like items like say small New Kids on the block accessories, leave them all in one medium sized storage bin or basket (cheap if you do not already have one) this way they have something they can keep it in (it just might sell faster that way, plus will likely sell as a lot instead of individual. I sold all the small items I had of NKOTB for $20 or $25! I still have stuff, so pissed my mom gave the dolls away to my cousin could have made a fortune on those! If you might still have more stuff, get the person’s contact information like phone and email so you can let them know when you come across it.
You can even have a Mailing List have then include an email as well as maybe anything in particular they are looking for.