11 Important Reasons to Not Have a Yard Sale

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11 Important Reasons Not to Have a Yard Sale (This post was written after I worked for too many hours to set up a yard sale and it rained on all my efforts)

I have always been a huge yard sale fan. When my kids were young and I was a stay-at-home shopping yard sales was how we survived. Everything from clothing to Christmas gifts was usually a recycled find. Thank you to all the people that don’t have reasons not to have a yard sale!

Finding a bargain is my self-care. When I am feeling down, I hit up the local thrift shops and find a new top or pair of shoes at a significant discount to lift my spirits.

Having my own yard sales is a different story. Every year, I say I am not going to do it, but here I am again, torturing myself!

My husband and I run a side hustle resale business. We spend time at flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores finding treasures to resell on eBay. Until recently we had rental space at co-ops in our town as another way to sell those goods. We finally gave up those rentals last month. That meant bringing home a lot of “stuff” that hadn’t sold and wasn’t resaleable on eBay.

For some reason, I got the hairbrained idea to have a yard sale. I don’t know why I just didn’t drive directly to the donation center and save myself the aggravation of having a yard sale.

Here are My Top 11  Reasons Not to Have a Yard Sale

#1 It’s A LOT of Work!!

Clean, price, put out, cover up, uncover, put away, load the car, drive to the donation center, unload. I’m tired just typing it.

#2 It Takes A LOT of Time!

See above! You can always find ways to make more money, but you don’t have any way to get your time back. Your time is valuable. If you break down the hours you spend on a yard sale from start to finish, your hourly pay is going to be low! Trust me!

#3 Weather WILL Ruin Your Day

Whether it’s rain, wind, or sun, one of these weather components will interfere with your yard sale. It will rain, or the wind will knock things over or it will be so stinking hot you won’t want to be outside.

#4 It Makes a Mess

Empty boxes, bags, price stickers all turn into messes. You start taking things in and out and drag dirt, pollen, grass and who knows what else throughout the house. A mess will ensue and you’re making more work for yourself!

#5 You’ll Be Tired

Today before 9 am I had 7,500 steps and 60 minutes of activity on my FitBit. That is a good thing, but it’s also a bad thing. By 10 am, I was beaten! By the end of the day, I was miserable.

#6 You’ll Be Cranky

See number five above. When I get tired I get cranky. I start being miserable to my husband and I feel bad. All because I just had to have a stupid yard sale!

#7 You Won’t Make as Much Money As You Think

When the customers start rolling in and your box fills up with money, that is great. But wait.

Did you pay for advertising?

Did you buy price labels?

Did you buy signs?

How much did you make per hour?

#8 You Will Forget About Dinner

After all the organizing, pricing and customer service you did all day long, what’s for dinner?

So, now you will need to spend all that hard earned money on takeout!

#9 You have to Clean it Up

Not only do you have all the work of setting up the yard sale, now you have to take it down, too.

#10 It’s Just Not Fun

For me, the fun in a yard sale is finding a bargain. Having a yard sale is a different story. I can’t find anything fun about it. So, I am not doing it again! Please remind me of this next year when I got the dumb idea to try this again!

#11 Donating is Good

Donating your unwanted things is good for everyone. The place where you donate will earn income, provide jobs and reap the benefits of your donation. I’d rather pay it forward than host this darn yard sale!

I published this post about reasons not to have a yard sale so I can remind myself, to never do it again.

From now on if I can’t eBay it or put it for sale in a local Facebook group, it goes straight to the donation center. I am taking back my time and saying no to hosting yard sales. But, if you’re hosting a yard sale, I’ll be there!

Do you have any other reasons not to have a yard sale?


Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    May 12, 2018 at 5:56 am

    I wonder if yard/garage/estate sales attract people who want to check out someone’s home for later burglary.

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