Monday, September 15, 2008

A Good Rummage Sale Brings in Extra Cash

RJ Note: With all the news today of the investment bank failures and buyouts, you may be feeling a little uncertain about the future. Hold on, it's going to be a bumpy ride for some time. In the meantime, here's something you can do which will benefit both your household and help another one too.
(ARA) - As the dog days of summer pass and cooler weather begins to settle in, you may begin to notice a lot of unwanted items around your house. Perhaps that vase you bought for a summer party is collecting dust in your pantry, or gardening tools you once used to landscape are blocking space you will soon need for winter boots.

Before you toss them, remember that those unwanted items could bring in some extra cash for new fall and winter supplies. Turn what you accumulated over the summer months into a quick profit by holding a rummage sale. They are growing in popularity for both sellers and buyers as the slow economy is causing many families to rethink their expenses.

“The Healthy Housekeeper” and cleaning author, Laura Dellutri, has some excellent rummage sale tips to successfully turn your junk into another person’s treasure.

* Pick a time for your sale.
Remember, if you advertise your sale to open at 7 a.m., the professional rummage sale people will be parked and waiting by 6:45 a.m. Before work, during the lunch hour and after work on weekdays are also good times to catch more prospective buyers.

* Enlist the aid of your friends and neighbors.
Multi-family rummage sales work the best, because they allow you to have helpers monitoring the sale, the cash table and provide extra workers for breaks. Schedule duties in advance to give everyone involved the chance to plan their lives around the sale.

* Make sure your unwanted items are presented shiny and clean.
For plastic, metal, glass and other hard surfaced items you plan to sell, use Mr. Clean Disinfecting Wipes with the fresh scent of Febreze to kill 99 percent of bacteria. If the plastic toys, alloy wheels and shoes are covered in grime or scum, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with Febreze can give them a new look and refreshing scent, enticing shoppers to pick them up.

* Show your customers what a deal they’re getting.
Attach a current retail price for your items next to your price. It takes a little research, but it can quickly convince a shopper to buy your items as they calculate the money they’re saving by not purchasing new.

Start collecting the unused items in your house today and prepare them to bring in extra money for your pocket.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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