Recently I had the privilege of interviewing my sweet friend, Emily, about one smart way she makes money.
In a family of nine, money wisdom is a high priority. Emily and her sister buy their own clothes, and help in other subtle ways. This close-knit family is very entrepreneurially energetic!
When Emily was nine years old she wanted to earn money for a sewing machine. Emily asked her mom if she could sell some unneeded stuff, and her mom helped make it happen. Emily made a grand $30 at that first yard sale even with everything priced no higher than 25 cents! Now ten years later she is still hosting hugely successful, annual yard sales!
Take a peek with me into Emily’s yard sale wisdom!
Yard Sale Tips from Emily
Me: How did you collect all the stuff to sell?
Emily: We have a spot in our garage that is labeled “yard sale stuff”, and whenever we want to get rid of something we’ll stick it out there. It’s really just junk to us- one man’s junk is another man’s treasure- but we are happy to get this stuff out. When friends are going take stuff to Goodwill I’ll say, “Hey, I’ll sell it if you’re just going to take it to Goodwill” and will add it to the shelves.
Me: How do you usually advertise your yard sales?
Emily: We put an ad on Craigslist because sometimes people will check there before they go yard-saling to see which ones are local. Then I set up LOTS of signs. Nice signs are an important part of yard sales because if people are driving by and see a good sign they will be more likely to come. I made my signs so that I can hang them up either way and laminated them so that I can use them again. They are all different bright, neon colors with big arrows and bold letters…very eye-catching!
Me: What does it take financially to start a yard sale business like yours?
1. For initial investment the main thing would be the signs, but you can start out with basic ones. Because I do it a lot I decided to pay a little bit of money to make nice signs.
2. I like to do kind of a yard sale and mini bake sale, so I’ll make cookies, brownies, lemonade, etc. So that costs a little bit of money to get ingredients, but that is also just an optional thing.
3. It does ‘cost’ a little bit of work to put up the signs and get everything set up, but it is worth it for the money. 😉
Other than that I really don’t buy stuff to resell; it’s just stuff that is free to me.
Me: Do you think the profit you have made compared to the time, cost, and effort it takes has been worth it?
Emily: Yeah, I definitely think it’s worth it to invest just a few hours of work that I am totally happy to do. It’s not a bunch of money, but for me it’s worth it because I don’t have many sources of income. I believe it’s worth it.
Me: Do you have a word to encourage our readers to greatness?
“Don’t be afraid to try things even if it’s new. It’s always better to try things instead of sitting around. Sometimes it takes trial and error, but practice makes perfect. Sometimes it will take a lot of effort to get started, but as with all things like that don’t be afraid to try. Sometimes I am scared of new things. But once you get out there and do it, it can be very rewarding. Live your life for the glory of God. Don’t waste your days, but redeem the time. Use your time and God-given resources to glorify Him.”
Wow, that was inspiring! I think we are all ready to use the junk under our beds to make a little extra money this week!
Thanks so much, Emily! Keep up the good work!