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Yard Sale Fundraisers: How to Run a Yard Sale

Yard Sale Fundraisers: how to run a community yard sale

Community yard sale fundraisers are common events in the spring and summer months. Spring is the season for cleaning out closets, basements, garages, and storage units to discover things that are accumulating dust. Why not take this great opportunity and not only provide a reason for people to get started on their spring cleaning, but also give them a chance to donate to a great cause! People often look for other opportunities to pass along the things they no longer need, so let them know well in advance that you’ll be hosting a community yard sale. This then becomes a very easy fundraising opportunity…people are just waiting for an announcement from you so they may donate their things towards a worthy cause.

How to Run a Community Yard Sale

Community Yard Sales events for schools, churches, sports teams and other groups. One of the best things about these types of events is that there is little to no start up costs involved. Ask your community for donations, find a location, and set the date to start selling. You’ll certainly need volunteers to help with organizing the details: set-up and tear down, displaying and pricing items, managing money, and promoting the event. Because there will be cash on-site, you may want to reach out to local police to see an officer might donate his or her time to be on-site during the event.

Collecting Donations for the Sale

A successful yard sale fundraiser obviously hinges on the donation of goods. Be sure to advertise to your sports team or other hosting group well in advance. That way, they can put items aside and consider fully what they wish to donate, which can take some time. Consider renting a small U-Haul or asking volunteers with trucks to offer collection services. Choose a pick-up day just before the fundraiser to travel to homes and pick up donated items. This could be a great way to receive larger items such as furniture that people may be willing to donate, but don’t have the resources to deliver. This is important, since these items will likely bring in high-dollar sales.

Selecting the Yard Sale Location

It’s important to host the yard sale fundraiser at an accessible location familiar to your community. Local recreation or community centers, the school gymnasium or cafeteria, or your church basement all make great locations. Be sure that you have plenty of room and a place for people to mingle when they aren’t shopping. Oh, and what happens if it rains? Best to think of a rainy day plan in advance.

Promoting the Community Yard Sale

Promoting the yard sale fundraiser is key to your success. Promote the yard sale on your organization’s website, Social Media channels, community bulletins, in the local paper, and on Craigslist. Encourage members of your organization to spread the word to their network via email and social media.

Raising More Money Via a Community Yard Sale

You may also want to consider adding additional fundraising ideas and strategies to your community yard sale fundraisers. How about entertainment and food? Selling baked goods and lemonade or soft drinks is a start. You could also ask community members to make prepared sandwiches or even engage with some local food trucks as an additional money-raising opportunity.

Many organizations host fundraising raffles as part of their community yard sales. Sell raffle tickets at the door and announce winners at the end of the day.

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About Lisa Bennett

Lisa is the Sales Director at DoJiggy. She joined DoJiggy in 2006 and loves her job. Prior to working with DoJiggy, she worked at several non-profits and managed special event fundraising.
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