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how do things sell on the Island

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I just posted on the Island Trader things for sale. Just was wondering what kind of experience anyone has had with a home moving sale. Would appreciate any help.

Posted : February 13, 2007 8:03 pm
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Location. Location. Location.

If you have to give detailed, hard to explain directions to your sale than you will have fewer customers. We had yard sales at the Toad and Tart in Smith Bay which is on Smith Bay Road. Great customer traffic. We did go to a yard sale that was successful in getting customers even though they were off the main road. They had signs with balloons pointing the way. If you are on STT, have a sale on a day without cruise ships.

Island Ed sold everything before moving off island, but the sale was over a few weeks that I recall. So you have to be prepared to do a sale for a while if you want to absolutely sell everything. Books, clothes, and dollar store type items do not sell well. Just give them away. Furniture, appliances, tools will sell well.

For some reason, islanders expect you to have bags for them to carry their purchases. I found that different than the states. Save grocery bags for the sale. If someone is interested in an item, bargain with them. It is better to sell something at a lower price than to not sell at all.

I love yard sale shopping, so good luck!


Posted : February 13, 2007 9:23 pm
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We sold everything by word of mouth. No balloons. No grocery bags. No Delivery. Cleaned out in a couple of weeks. Beds picked up last. Did I mention word of mouth?

Posted : February 14, 2007 4:07 am
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We sold everything (pretty much) when we left in a 2 day yard sale.
Our house was fairly hidden, so we used signs and balloons, arrows etc on the day.
We had a ball, the success was due to word of mouth and advertising, I laid out abit of dosh upfront and put a boxed ad in the Avis for a couple of days the week before. It seemed to pull the buyers that we were looking for - furniture, artwork,exercise equipment etc... higher end stuff, I guess.

Posted : February 14, 2007 2:29 pm
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