17 Things That Sell Well at Yard Sales (and will make you money!) (2022)

Think you need to have a ton of stuff to have a successful yard sale? WRONG. Check out these 17 items that will make you money without taking up too much space in your driveway!

There’s something for everyone on this list, from clothes to kitchen appliances. So throw a sale and start stocking up on some extra cash!

You want to get rid of your stuff and make a quick buck off it, right? We have covered yard sales mistakes to avoid, and now we want to ensure that the items we sell will be a big hit.

The truth is that there are many items people love to buy at a yard sale or garage sale.

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These are the items people look for when they hit local yard sales during the weekends.

People want these items, and they want them at a bargain price, and as you recalled from the previous post, to sell, you have to price to sell.

What’s the idea percentage off you should sell these items?

Good question.

People are looking to buy 50 to 90 percent of the original price. If they can’t find it at a low cost, they will leave your yard sale, and you will be stuck with the unwanted item and no cash.

So, what are these things that sell well at yard sales?

Let’s start with the 2022 top yard sale items below and the reason behind them.

Supply Chain Increases Used Sales

Chances are you’ve heard the term supply chain mentioned a lot over the past few months. However, what you might not realize is that the strain on the supply chain is going to be good for your yard sale this season.

Not only were cargo ships unable to dock for long periods of time, but some cargo rotted while stuck on the ships that were stuck at sea.

But you must remember it’s not only foreign products that are becoming scarce. With more and more people contracting the virus, US factories have not produced as many products because workers are out sick.

And if companies are waiting for materials to come from other countries, well, it could be a while. All of this has led to a growing problem of having basic items on the shelves.

That means that people are turning to thrift stores, yard sales, and other secondhand markets to find everyday items. So if you have items you’re no longer using, put them in your yard sale.

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Consumer electronics and toys are the hardest hit categories. This means you have a much better chance of selling these items at your yard sale.

Of course, the age of your electronics will matter. For example, people aren’t interested in a laptop that is more of a paperweight than a fast machine.

Toys, however, will sell whether they’re 1 or 10 years old. People just need ways to keep their kids entertained. So get up in the attic and bring down those old toys your kids no longer play with. Now will be the time to get those toys sold.

Now that we know these items below will continue to be top-selling items in 2022.

Yard Sales / Garage Sale During a Pandemic

Are yard sales legal during social distancing and/or quarantine?

Whether or not yard sales are allowed in your area will depend on your local restrictions. Make sure to follow local rules, or you could face a penalty that includes hefty fines.

Yes! People will come if you live in an area where yard sales are allowed. Remember that there has been 7% increase in products and wages are not increasing. People are looking for a deal! That’s also why some things will do better this year than in previous years.

Have your yard sales outdoors rather than in the garage, if possible. This will allow you to spread out more.

Spread your tables or clothes far apart so that people can view different areas without being too close to one another.

If you have family members helping, give each person a fanny pack with change so that people can pay without creating a big line.

Follow your state and CDC policies and facemask. When posting about your yard sale, make sure you mention keeping a social distance, and wearing a mask (if required by state guidelines).

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17 Hot Summer Yard Sale Items for 2022

As we mentioned above, electronics and toys will be the top items this year. People are looking for things to help keep themselves, and their families entertained at home.

They are also looking for items they would usually purchase in-store but will buy used to save money. Here are just a few items that will be hot this summer.

Summer Clothing

People will need summer clothes for their children. Go through your kids’ clothing and sell anything they’ve outgrown. You can also go through any clothing you may have outgrown during quarantine and all that snacking.

Boys’ clothing seems to be selling best during yard sales, so keep that in mind.

Board Games and Puzzles

Board games and puzzles are huge right now. People need ways to keep their families entertained at home. Pandemic brought the joy of board games and puzzles and it shows when you host a yard sale.

Gaming Systems and Video Games

Again we discuss the reason why this will be hot on our list. Gaming systems and video games and controllers that used to sell for a couple of bucks are selling much higher.

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An example is Wii Sports which used to sell for $10 and is now selling for $25 to $30. Again, people want to stay entertained. Go through your old stuff that your kids no longer play with and sell it.

Books

Books are always a great escape. While you never make much money selling books at a yard sale, you can lot up similar titles and sell 5 paperbacks for $3 or a box of books for $5. It’s a great way to clear up your own bookshelves and make some money in the process.

We recommend selling books for less than $1 if you want to get rid of them and if these books are available at any dollar store.

Sports Equipment

Last but not least, sell your old sports equipment. While summer may be different, kids and families can still use sports equipment in their own yard. You’ll also be able to price things a bit higher than you usually would because the demand will be so high.

Equipment and Tools

Items such as:

  • Woodworking tools
  • Yard tools
  • Trimmers
  • Lawnmowers
  • blowers

These items will sell quickly if they are in excellent condition and priced to sell. If they are broken but fixable you can sell them as well.

Kids’ Outdoor Toys

Kids’ outdoor toys are one of my favorite things to buy when I’m at a yard sale or local garage sale.

You see, swing sets, kids’ tables, and other outdoor kids’ toys are pretty expensive.

Make sure that if you are selling these items, you take a beautiful picture of them to advertise and price them to sell because your potential buyers are coming to check them out.

One important thing to remember is that these toys will sell well during the spring as the weather is starting to warm up.

Outdoor Furniture

People are looking for outdoor furniture to pretty up their backyards and decks as the weather warms up.

Items such as lawn chairs, picnic tables and such will sell well during a yard or garage sale.

Make sure that if you have a set, place them together and pretty up the items for a fast sale.

Wood Furniture

Older wood furniture is refurbished gold for some people. If you have old wood furniture sitting around and want to get rid of it, I suggest you sell them at your next yard sale.

Refurbishing furniture is trendy and it is one of the top items people look for at yard sales.

Another critical thing to remember is that you can even sell these items online since they have become trendy.

Costume Jewelry

Costume jewelry that is repairable is okay to sell at a garage sale because customers enjoy them.

This item is also valuable for use in crafts as well, and since you are selling them very affordable, people love to buy them.

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Remember that jewelry will not make you a good profit when you sell them at your yard sale, so keep that in mind.

Kids’ Clothing

Kid’s clothing is another top item people love to shop for, and I’m going to add that boys’ clothes, not infants,are a top one.

Selling your used kids’ clothing in your yard sale will sell fast if it is priced to sell.

I will add that when you donate clothes, they get put up on sale, which means that sometimes these clothes are not even affordable to those who need them.

You will make more money if you sell them yourself than you will make the write-off you will get for your taxes. Think about it.

Name Brand Clothing

Many people love name-brand clothing, and if they find it at a great price at your yard sale, you will sell them.

This item you want to make sure you display them well will give people a better view of your item.

Name brand kids’ clothing will sell pretty fast, too if priced correctly.

Like-New Items

If you have an item that looks like-new, chances are they will sell well at your next yard sale.

Remember, people are looking for a bargain and seeing like-new items. It’s like they are getting something new at a low price.

People will buy like-new items; keep that in mind.

Home Décor Items

Home décor items are another top item that will sell at your next garage sale.

People go yard sale hunting for these items, so if you need to get rid of some home décor, selling them at your next yard sale is the fastest way to get rid of them and make a quick buck.

Place the items together and display them as a set to sell them.

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Cold Drinks and Snacks

While hosting your yard sale, sell sodas and bottles of water for a buck. Have your cute kids sell them for you!

Snacks such as cookies and crackers will also sell well during your yard sale!

Retro Toys

Retro toys are hot items, seriously!

They even have conventions all about retro toys.

If you have older wooden toys, train sets, Barbies in the package, or anything 80’s or earlier, sell them!

And if you think you have a goldmine, then you better not sell it at your garage sale. I will recommend doing more research and sale them another way.

Now, if you don’t, then sell them at your next yard sale. They will sell well.

Antiques

Antiques continue to be a top item people love to shop at yard sales.

If your antiques need some fixing up, your next garage sale will be the place to sell them.

A broken antique you will not be able to sell at a higher price and if you have no desire to do anything and it is taking up space, then sell it!

Conclusion

As you can see, these things to sell at yard sales are what people are looking for.

Now that you have an idea, it is time to plan your yard sale.

Selling your stuff at a yard sale can be cathartic. It can also help you gather some extra money for savings, trips, and more. Plus, your home will be a lot cleaner when you get rid of stuff that is just collecting dust and taking up space.

Your turn: What are other things that sell well at yard sales?

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FAQs

How do I sell the most items at a yard sale? ›

7 Ways to Make the Most Money From Garage Sales
  1. Be Organized. Too many garage sales are a haphazard collection of stuff. ...
  2. Don't Put a Price on Anything. ...
  3. Get the Word Out. ...
  4. Go Through Your Stuff. ...
  5. Start on Thursday or Friday. ...
  6. Be Friendly. ...
  7. Think About Security.
3 May 2018

How do you attract people to a yard sale? ›

If you don't have enough to fill your yard, ask neighbors to join in; a multi-family sale will attract more people. Place an ad in the newspaper. You may not read the local paper, but many consumers still look for ads they can clip. Make your classified ad large.

How do I simplify my garage sale? ›

Simplify and make some extra cash with these top garage sale tips that will guide you in purging items, getting them to sell, and getting rid of what doesn't.
...
Garage Sale Tips
  1. Use Craigslist. ...
  2. Have Good Signs. ...
  3. Hang Clothing and Linens. ...
  4. Use Tables. ...
  5. Think Like a Shop. ...
  6. Price Everything - and Think LOW. ...
  7. The Free Box.
4 Sept 2014

What is the fastest way to organize a garage sale? ›

Follow these 12 tips for setting up your next garage sale:
  1. Get Rid of Everything You Don't Need.
  2. Organize Your Items.
  3. Reorganize Your Garage.
  4. Create Lots of Signage.
  5. Online Advertising is Key.
  6. Create a Fun and Welcoming Atmosphere.
  7. Display Your Best Items.
  8. Place Price Tags on Your Items.
23 Aug 2021

What should you not sell at a garage sale? ›

What NOT to Sell at a Garage Sale
  • Quality jewelry, silverware, antiques, collectibles or paintings. ...
  • Better quality clothes. ...
  • Similarly with big furniture items (beds, sofas, etc) and anything over $50. ...
  • Don't sell underwear at a yard sale. ...
  • Don't sell illegal goods, unsafe or recalled goods.

How do I find treasures at a garage sale? ›

9 Tips for Finding Treasure at a Yard Sale
  1. Start online the night before. ...
  2. Choose the right neighborhood. ...
  3. Pack supplies. ...
  4. Keep an eye out for moving boxes. ...
  5. Hit your top sale first (and last) ...
  6. Inspect everything carefully. ...
  7. Broken items can still be valuable. ...
  8. Everything's negotiable, but some things aren't worth it.
19 Jul 2013

What draws people to a garage sale? ›

Hang flags, banners, balloons, and signs — anything that will move around in the breeze and catch someone's attention. Peripheral vision is a great thing… especially when people are driving by without having any intention of stopping at a garage sale! So the more you can call attention to your yard sale the better.

What is the best time to have a garage sale? ›

The best time to host a garage sale is early spring, because shoppers are excited to break out of their winter hibernation and browse for bargains in the sun. But if your spring cleaning lasts until June, summer is the next best time to hold your garage sale.

How do you display purses at a garage sale? ›

You can display purses and bags on tables, on the ground, or neatly lined up in boxes. Or if you have a large tree handy, you can make an eye-catching display by hanging handbags from its limbs.

How do I make my garage sale more successful? ›

  1. Have a goal for your sale.
  2. Check out the competition.
  3. Pick a date.
  4. Start collecting items.
  5. Price as you gather items.
  6. Use inexpensive tags.
  7. Write up a pricing sheet for clothes.
  8. Advertise your garage sale strategically.
22 Aug 2022

How do you prepare for a successful yard sale? ›

Gather Garage Sale Essentials
  1. Extra cash and change so you can break bills.
  2. Chairs for you and any helpers.
  3. Clothing racks for clothes.
  4. Price stickers and tags.
  5. Smaller display signs to advertise deals.
  6. Grocery bags and boxes for shoppers.
  7. A lockable money box or organizer.
  8. Tarps to protect items.
17 Mar 2022

Should you put prices on garage sale items? ›

People come to garage sales because they want to get a deal. If you have something of real value and want to be paid what it's worth, consider selling it through another outlet like eBay or Poshmark. Follow the 10%–20% rule. Some people suggest pricing your items at only 10%–20% of their retail value.

How do you show items at a yard sale? ›

Card tables, TV trays, even upside down cardboard boxes (sturdy ones) and crates work wonders as a means for displaying your items for sale at a garage sale. Similarly, blankets (of various sizes), rugs, sleeping bags, sheets, old bedspreads, even beach towels can be used to display items out on the lawn.

How should I organize clothes for a garage sale? ›

Piles. Another simple way to display your garage sale clothing is to simply put it in piles. Make sure everything is neatly folded. Putting it on a table off the ground prevents your customers from having to bend over to rifle through it.

What is the best weekend for a yard sale? ›

4. Set a date. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings are usually the best time to hold your garage sale. Here's an insider garage sale tip: Consider scheduling it on the first weekend of the month—a lot of paychecks go out at the end of the month, so people will have cash to spend.

Do VHS tapes sell at garage sales? ›

Videotapes - VHS tapes tend to be popular at a garage sale and some shoppers like adding to their historic collection. 25-50 cents a piece is the going rate, and bulk deals such as 5 for a dollar will help sales.

What items sell best at estate sales? ›

But estate sales offer the potential for finding lots of great stuff you can either use in your home or sell for a profit.
  • 01 of 06. Art Prints and Paintings. The Spruce / Meg MacDonald. ...
  • 02 of 06. Kitchenware. The Spruce / Meg MacDonald. ...
  • 03 of 06. Small Appliances. ...
  • 04 of 06. Books. ...
  • 05 of 06. Jewelry. ...
  • 06 of 06. Conversation Pieces.
14 Jun 2022

Is there an app for yard sales? ›

Finding the yard sales near you has never been more fun and easy! Yard Sale Treasure Map is an app for planning your treasure-hunting adventure. View your local yard sales in map or list format, view sale details and photos, get directions, and take advantage of advanced organizational and route planning features.

Where is the best place to post yard sales? ›

Where to post garage sale ads online. Today, there many free online resources available to advertise your garage sale. Sites like YardSaleSearch.com, Gsalr.com and GarageSaleFinder.com—and their mobile apps—enable garage sale enthusiasts to browse sale listings and even map out a route of their favorites.

Do people shop garage sales in the rain? ›

For a yard sale host, a rainy weekend all but ruins your sale. Most people won't go out to sales during a driving downpour. Even worse, unless you're lucky enough to have a garage or an awning to hide under, your merchandise has a good chance of getting ruined. But there is a way to ride out the rainstorm.

How do you make garage sale signs? ›

How to Make Yard Sale Signs - Easy Tips - YouTube

How much change should I have on hand for a garage sale? ›

Plenty of cash.

Get two rolls of quarters, a stack of 50 $1 bills, 10 $5 bills, and 5 $10 bills. Do it two days before the sale so that, if you forget, you can still get the change on the day before.

What is the best time of day to start a yard sale? ›

The sooner you start the sale, the better your chances are at maximizing traffic. Start your yard ale around 7 am or earlier for the best results. In addition to attracting the most shoppers, starting early also poses the benefit of better weather. It's going to be much cooler earlier in the day than at night.

How much do you charge for baby clothes at a yard sale? ›

Baby & Children's Clothes

$1 to $3 for gently used or like-new baby/kid clothes. 25 to 50 cents for well-worn clothes, especially if there are any blemishes, holes, or stains. Onesies in particular are going to be a dime a dozen on garage sale weekends, so I recommend 50 cents for onesies.

How do you pay for what you want for a garage sale? ›

We call it the "Pay What You Want Yard Sale." In short, to hold a yard sale like this, you do not need to bother with pricing any items. People pay what they want. You simply provide the items, a secure location for shoppers to deposit money, and good signage.

How do I advertise my yard sale on the marketplace? ›

First, select “Marketplace” from the options in your newsfeed. Then, select “sell something.” Click “category” and then “garage sale.” Under the description that says “what are you selling?”, write the details of your sale, including the time and date along with a few items you have for sale.

How do I advertise my yard sale on Facebook? ›

About This Article
  1. Log in to Facebook and go to your newsfeed.
  2. Click on Events and then Create Event.
  3. Fill in details about your garage sale.
  4. Click Create Event to save your event.
  5. Click the Share button to advertise it locally.
  6. Select Promote Event at the top to pay for more advertising time.

How do I advertise my garage sale online? ›

  1. #1 – Craigslist.
  2. #2 – Gsalr.com.
  3. TIP: If you're going to post photos, I would encourage you to post individual photos of your biggest/best items, rather than posting pictures of “stuff on tables” that will be for sale. ...
  4. #3 – YardSales.net.
  5. #4 – Yard Sale Search.
  6. #5 – Garage Sale Finder.
  7. #6 – GarageSales.com.

Where can I set up a table to sell things? ›

Local colleges and flea markets

If there isn't a college nearby, you could set up a table at a local flea market. You'll have to rent a space, but flea markets are a good place to sell everything from used goods to collectibles. If the price is right, you can definitely unload everything you want to sell.

How far in advance should you advertise a yard sale? ›

Start your teasing anywhere from a week to two weeks ahead of your sale, and just be sure to market the strongest a few days before the sale begins. Your die-hard garage goers will likely search your local paper weekly for garage sales in the area, so it's important to invest a bit of money in this marketing method.

How do you showcase your clothes? ›

Innovative Ways to Display Clothes in Your Retail Store
  1. Use your wall space. ...
  2. Add depth and texture with a variety of merchandising options. ...
  3. Double up on best selling products. ...
  4. Showcase outfits on mannequins and through displays. ...
  5. Avoid overfilling shelves and fixtures. ...
  6. Utilise changing rooms. ...
  7. Stick to a theme.
8 Apr 2021

Should you put prices on garage sale items? ›

People come to garage sales because they want to get a deal. If you have something of real value and want to be paid what it's worth, consider selling it through another outlet like eBay or Poshmark. Follow the 10%–20% rule. Some people suggest pricing your items at only 10%–20% of their retail value.

Is there an app for yard sales? ›

Finding the yard sales near you has never been more fun and easy! Yard Sale Treasure Map is an app for planning your treasure-hunting adventure. View your local yard sales in map or list format, view sale details and photos, get directions, and take advantage of advanced organizational and route planning features.

How do you show items at a yard sale? ›

Card tables, TV trays, even upside down cardboard boxes (sturdy ones) and crates work wonders as a means for displaying your items for sale at a garage sale. Similarly, blankets (of various sizes), rugs, sleeping bags, sheets, old bedspreads, even beach towels can be used to display items out on the lawn.

Does anyone buy garage sale leftovers? ›

Many local churches hold rummage sales, with the profits usually going back to the church or neighborhood schools. There's a good chance that the church will accept a donation – even if you aren't a parishioner or member. Donate your items to the church and they'll take care of selling and pricing them at their sale.

What is a good time to start a garage sale? ›

The best time to host a garage sale is early spring, because shoppers are excited to break out of their winter hibernation and browse for bargains in the sun. But if your spring cleaning lasts until June, summer is the next best time to hold your garage sale.

How much should you sell clothes for at a yard sale? ›

How much should you price clothes at a garage sale? You can quote anywhere between $0.25-$2 for clothes depending upon their condition. People don't visit garage sales for higher-priced items, they expect a pocket-friendly deal.

How can I have a garage sale with no price? ›

You don't have to price everything individually; put all small items like books in a box and label the box with one price; or bundle some clothes together and put one price tag on it.

Can I use PayPal for garage sale? ›

If you have a PayPal account, you could use your PayPal app for touch-free in person payments, and online payments at your garage sale.

Is there an online garage sale app? ›

VarageSale is your virtual garage sale buy and sell app. We are the only app based on 100% real identity--everyone goes through a manual review process before they're allowed to buy or sell. See member ratings and average response times to get to know people before a sale.

How do I use a yard sale treasure map? ›

Yard Sale Treasure Map - App Overview - YouTube

What should I put on my garage sale table? ›

You just have to get creative with your garage sale!
  • Use a Trash Can. ...
  • DIY Yard Sale Tables. ...
  • Make Use of the Furniture You Do Have. ...
  • Try Plastic Bins. ...
  • Use Your Car. ...
  • Flip Cardboard Boxes Upside Down. ...
  • Put a Blanket or Tarp Down. ...
  • Don't Put Clothing on a Table.
1 Feb 2022

How do you display purses at a garage sale? ›

You can display purses and bags on tables, on the ground, or neatly lined up in boxes. Or if you have a large tree handy, you can make an eye-catching display by hanging handbags from its limbs.

How should I organize clothes for a garage sale? ›

Piles. Another simple way to display your garage sale clothing is to simply put it in piles. Make sure everything is neatly folded. Putting it on a table off the ground prevents your customers from having to bend over to rifle through it.

How do I advertise my yard sale on Facebook Marketplace? ›

About This Article
  1. Log in to Facebook and go to your newsfeed.
  2. Click on Events and then Create Event.
  3. Fill in details about your garage sale.
  4. Click Create Event to save your event.
  5. Click the Share button to advertise it locally.
  6. Select Promote Event at the top to pay for more advertising time.

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