Engage! The Year of The Yard Sale

Engage! We're the Carters - a regular family with big dreams of full-time travel. We're setting off on a two-year mission to explore strange new places, to seek out a new life with less demarcations, to boldly go where we've never gone before. That includes building my remote freelance writing business - The World Enough. Join our family of three through the highs and lows as we leave our regular suburban life behind.

We've been stuck at home with our stuff for a whole year and it's time to say goodbye.

How I celebrated my COVID birthday!

Thanks to a bulk pick-up service we've disposed of an old rusted out grill, two clawed up cat towers, a worn rug, and a broken dresser.

Between Facebook Marketplace and our waste management service, we're getting rid of a ton of big items in our home. Now it's time to tackle the small stuff.

I'm coming out today to say 2021 is going to be the year of the yard sale. You can only stare at the same pair of curtains or sit in the same arm chair so long before your relationship with them grows stale.

Set up a yard sale this spring, and let that chair be someone else's darling! Here's our plan for an epic 2021 yard sale:

  • Reach out to your neighbors. I texted my neighbors out of the blue to see if they might be interested in hosting a neighborhood-wide yard sale, and right away seven different families wanted to join. A huge community yard sale is way more tempting for deal hunters than a single family sale.

  • Reach out to your friends and family. Let your friends and family know you're hosting a yard sale. They may have stuff they also want to contribute. Though you won't make any money on their items, having a full and diverse selection of items makes your yard sale more enticing.

  • Set a date. We kept it simple with a single Saturday in April.

  • Price as you go. Use reusable stickers to price your items as you sort through them unless they are bulk items like DVD's that will have a set price. Actually write the price on the sticker! No one wants to reference your complicated color coded chart over and over while they are shopping.

  • Advertise on Next Door or Social Media. Join local "yard sale" Facebook groups to advertise your sale a week ahead of time.

  • Advertise locally. Post clean, easy to read signs around your local area. We have a small traffic circle near our home that is perfect for advertising to local traffic.

  • Practice COVID-19 Precautions. We're not out of the woods yet in this pandemic. It's important you plan for social distancing, encourage or require mask use for everyone, offer hand sanitizer to shoppers, and limit interactions to less than 15 minutes.

  • Plan B for inclement weather. Clean out your garage and have it ready in case of rain.