Tag Sale Supplies Checklist

Holding a sale? Here's the gear you'll need.

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  • Clear signs.

    Mead makes a waterproof poster board that won't wither in the rain; you can find it at Staples, Wal-Mart, and Office Depot. Use a permanent marker, and write neatly and legibly. Note: Always check whether there are restrictions on placements of signs in your community—and whether you need a permit to hold a tag sale.

  • Money to make change.

    Start your selling day with $50 in ones, $30 in fives, $50 in tens, $60 in twenties, and $10 in quarters (one roll).

  • Fanny pack or carpenter's apron.

    Stow bills in one pocket, change in another.

  • Calculator.

    For tallying sales.

  • Notebook and pen.

    Keep track of sales—especially important if this is a multifamily event.

  • Card tables.

    Set up an attractive display of wares, and refresh it whenever you sell something.

  • Measuring tape.

    Shoppers may want to measure pieces of furniture.

  • Garment rack.

    Target (target.com) and the Container Store (containerstore.com) are good sources.

  • Full-length mirror.

    So shoppers can see what clothes look like.

  • Extension cord.

    Allow shoppers to test lamps, radios, and other electrical appliances.

  • Packing supplies.

    Have old newspapers, Bubble Wrap, plastic bags, and boxes on hand.

  • Price tags.

    Put them on top of your items, not on the bottom, where buyers will have to search for them.

  • Outdoor speaker and a few playlists.

    Play pleasant background music with broad appeal. Sinatra, mellow rock, or classical are all good choices.

  • Tarps.

    For protecting items in case of rain.

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