I enjoy going to yard sales, but I have never actually had one. It seemed like a lot of effort and not much return, but I know some people really can make a lot from them.
Anyway, here are some activities you can do with math and yard sales…
- Go to one or more yard sales.
- Look in your local newspaper and on Craigslist.org for yard sales in your neighborhood.
- Determine a list of things you would like to buy at a yard sale.
- Have a budget before you go by determining the most you would pay for each item–$3 for a shirt, or $5 for a game.
- Go to the yard sale with your parent and keep a log of your purchases.
- Once you get home you can estimate how much you saved by going to a garage sale vs. paying full price at a store–remember that a store would add tax to your item.
- Prep and have a yard sale.
- Look through your belongings for things you no longer use or no longer fit.
- Ask you parents if you can have a garage sale–if not, you could consider donating them instead.
- Give each item a yard sale value–typically it is 60-20% of the original value depending on its wear and tear.
- Make signs and advertise for your sale on the internet and by word of mouth.
- When people come you can ask them how they found out about your sale. You can track their responses on a chart and see the best advertising spot or tool.