My Yard Sale Experience | Yard Sale Pros & Cons

A couple of weeks ago we participated in a group yard sale with some other families from our Financial Peace University class. The last time I participated in a real yard sale was about 10 years ago, so I feel like I have some fresh thoughts.

I was excited to participate, but I had a slow start on gathering things to sell. I really didn’t get serious about it until 2 days before the sale.

I had some sorting and prep work to do with the baby clothes.

I had the kids go through our VHS tapes and DVD’s to pick some to sell. They also helped pick some toys to sell.

Mr. RSS did some cleaning out and gathering of items mostly from his office (also used as storage).

On Friday evening I was really wishing I had more time to gather things for the sale, so starting earlier is a good lesson for us if we do this again. There’s a lot more stuff we could have gotten out of here!

Here we are all set up. We had 5 tables worth of stuff here:

Indoor Yard Sale Set Up


Lots of baby girl clothes


Toys and baby stuff


books, DVD's, microphone stands


More baby stuff

These bookcases have a little story. At the yard sale, someone said they wanted to buy them, talked us down to $30 for both, and said they needed to come back to pick them up. Well, they never came back. Argh!

But the story ends well. Mr. RSS decided to post them on Craigslist for $75, and a very nice young man just bought them yesterday and paid $80, saying that he loved them and didn’t want the $5 change. Sweet!

Our grand total from the yard sale was $66.00.


I have mixed feelings about yard sales, so I decided to make a little pro/con list based on our experience.

Yard Sale Pros

  • Solid deadline to work towards
  • Fun doing it with a group
  • We got rid of some clutter
  • Made a little money
Yard Sale Cons
  • A lot of work/time
  • Not a lot of money earned for the time spent
  • Still need to deal with the leftover stuff
Concluding Thoughts and Plans:
  • Maybe yard sales are good for things that aren’t worth the time/effort to sell on Craigslist/eBay
  • We’re going to try to sell some of the other leftover stuff on Craigslist. I think I’m going to take the nicer baby clothes to a consignment shop, and the rest will be donated.
  • I’m really glad we participated, because it did get us motivated and moving on getting rid of STUFF we don’t need!

What do you think about yard sales?

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8 Responses to My Yard Sale Experience | Yard Sale Pros & Cons

  1. That’s an awesome story about the bookcases! From 30 to 80 is amazing. Sounds like Craigslist is the way to go!

    • Elizabeth

      I know! I do think Craigslist is better at least for bigger/more expensive things. We have PLENTY more around the house to get rid of!

  2. Tiffany C.

    I have a hard time feeling it’s worth the money compared to how much work has to be put in. I am just taking stuff to good will and giving to friends. I have 5 little ones and we homeschool, so I just want the clutter out! I don’t have the time to hang on to it and organize it. Sad, I know.

    • Elizabeth

      I think that’s great! That’s more like what I usually do (when I actually get to it), but right now we can use the extra cash, so I’m trying some different things. It’s a learning experience for sure!

  3. Tiffany C.

    I could tell you were super organized about it! I just don’t have the patience right now. I hope you got a good return for your efforts.

  4. such a timely note for me to read. i have a HUGE stack of items i was planning to list on ebay. but then my husband suggested we just have a yard sale. we are thinking about having one in the next couple weekends. i have to admit, the idea of getting rid of it in one fell swoop is very appealing to me – as opposed to listing everything individually on ebay, waiting for auctions to end, and then shipping….and dealing with buyers if there is an issue. we do sell big items on craig’s list and have had great success that way. but the yard sale idea….i love your tips! thank you!

  5. I took the FPU class several years ago! Isn’t it SO good?!

    Love the idea of doing an indoor yardsale as a group, we didn’t do that.

    Yard sales are a lot of work and if you work out your per/hour earnings it can be sad. lol. BUT you still have $60 more than you did at the beginning of the day. And I love that you got over 2ce what you were going to get for the bookshelves!!!

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