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Out with the Old and in with the Green

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Now that it is summer, the windows stay open and the lawn needs mowing. Summer means the end of spring cleaning, which is when you discover you own way too much stuff. After a winter of being closed up and hunkered down, you might literally feel like your house is bursting at the seams. Now you’re looking for a good way to get rid of unnecessary possessions, and holding a summer yard sale is the perfection option.

On those perfect summer weekends, everyone wants to be out and about. They also want a great bargain on those items you need to squeeze out the door. If you decide to have a yard sale, you could end up making a small fortune this summer. A tip: price things to sell and be mentally prepared to let it all go. An old rule of thumb suggests that if you haven’t used it in six months (except for seasonal items and tools), you can probably let it go.

Don’t forget to advertise, especially on days when you know many people will be busy driving around town. Make your prices reasonable, but be prepared to deal with hagglers. While some haggling is normal, you may need to stand firm on a price if it’s truly a valuable item that is priced as it should be. While you do want to get rid of your extra possessions that are stuck in your home, you also want to earn some cash.

Decide beforehand what to put your earnings toward. As your possessions leave the premises, your collection will get fatter and fatter. Whether it goes toward savings, a travel ticket for the family, or the vacation jar, after a yard sale you are closer to your goal.

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