8 Yard Sale Secrets for Adoption Fundraising – Part 2

by | Jun 30, 2014 | Adoptive Families Blog

putting up a yard sale signLast week, we brought you four yard sale tips to use when raising money for your adoption. Here are four more yard sale secrets that you can use to bring in more funds:

  • Arrange Your Items

Start organizing items for your yard sale at least a week before the sale. Organize your stuff into groups of similar items. Doing this will make your life much less stressful when you’re setting up at the crack of dawn on yard sale day.

  • Make a Checklist

Here are a few items to ensure that you have for your sale:

  • Plenty of small bills, quarters, dimes, and nickels so that you can make change
  • Extra price stickers
  • Plastic and paper shopping bags to place sold items in.
  • A few plastic tablecloths (or some tarps) roll to cut and throw over your items in case of rain


  • Price everything

People are more likely to buy from you if you’ve place a price tags on all of your items. Once they see a price, they can come to a decision if they want it or ponder what they want to offer you for it. But if you don’t have a price tag on an item, they are more likely to walk away than to ask for a price. This is because they don’t want to feel like they are being put on the spot to make a decision in front of you.

When you’re pricing, it’s suggested that you price at 30% of what the item originally cost, so long as it’s still in good condition. You might consider pricing a bit on the higher side, because many may try to negotiate. Think about how low you are willing to sell your items for ahead of time, so that you aren’t put on the spot.

  • Put Effort In Your Presentation

If your items look like trash on the curb, they will sell about as well as trash on the curb! Borrow or rent folding tables and arrange similar items, giving each table a theme. You could have a table for home goods, another for books and DVDs, and one for shoes. Cover your tables with old sheets or tablecloths so that your displays look clean and bright. Jewelry and fine items can be displayed on stands and small racks so that it looks more attractive.

Do you have any tips for raising funds to adopt? Please share them in the comments section below!

Heather Featherston

Written by Heather Featherston

As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.

Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.

As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.

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