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6 tips for a successful yard sale

Use advertising and be specific
Use advertising and be specific

Lack of advertising is one of the biggest yard sale mistakes, Leist says.

Thomas agrees. "Give people a reason to attend," she says, and suggests posting ads in the newspaper or on Craigslist or making fliers to pass out at church or the grocery store.

Describe your items well -- tell people if you're selling a flat-screen TV or maternity clothes, Thomas says. Give detailed directions that describe that you're close to the pizza place or behind the church, she says.

Leist says it's important not to skimp on signage. She recommends decorating big cardboard boxes with bright-colored paper and writing "Yard Sale," the date and the time in big block letters with arrows pointing toward your house.

"Some people think you can just take a Sharpie and make a sign," Leist says.

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