How to Organize a Successful“Make Me an Offer” Sale
The Make Me an Offer Sale is different then a yard sale. Your items are not tagged and areset up in an auction style format. There is also quite a bit more items such as you wouldsee at an estate auction. This type of sale allows you the option to offer your items toauction houses and/or to the public.
The key to having a successful sale is planning your work and working your plan
.Everyone involved needs to understand all the steps and what their responsibilities are.Working your plan involves:1.Cleaning and organizing your items in one building or place.2.Creating, advertising and distributing your flyer.
Having directional signs to get to the sale from several well traveled roads.4.Maintaining control of people and traffic during the sale and item pickup.
Security measures for your property and animals.6.Security measures for handling cash during and after the sale.7.Disposing of unsold items after the sale.
If all the above suits your needs the additional information below will help you getstarted.
Decide what items you want to sell and move it to the garage or other area.
Items should be clean or at least dusted off.
Take photos of your best items as you clean them off. Keep the background simplebehind your photographed items. Your photos will be used on your flyer.
All items should be set up in groups such as Kitchen, Dining Room, Bed Room,Electronics, Appliances, Kids Toys, Bath, etcNote: Setting up items in groups lets you easily see which items you have the most of. Italso helps you see the groups that are getting the most attention. You have morebartering power over items where buyer(s) can see their competition.
Take a couple of photos of each item group. Choose the best one of each group togo on your flyer.
Items should be in working order. Items that are broken or missing pieces should belabeled as such.
Put grouped items together and arrange so items that buyers can sit on or openthem.
Leave aisle space between groups so items purchased can be easily removed andloaded.