Happy September! A lot of us know someone who is getting ready for back to school this week or maybe you’re even going back yourself. If not – don’t you still have that feeling of needing a new outfit and perhaps a fresh start of some kind, a chance to better your behaviour just a little? Like… eat less ice cream or walk more before it snows (hands up!)… that sort of thing? Those are just the kind of thoughts September and a new school season brings.
Oh, school, so many rules and chances for betterment and so little time! Remember when getting the strap was a punishment option? I honestly remember them phasing it out when I was in school and the poor child who was the last example (yes a boy). 😬
Behave yourself! How many lashes would you be in for?
Test Your Knowledge
Last week I went to a museum! I do love old houses and so does my daughter, so we took a trip out to the Backus-Page House Museum and had a lovely informative private tour. It’s fascinating that there is so much local history to learn all the time! I thought the house was so beautiful and the stories behind it were full of examples of imperfect human nature.
The Backus-Page House sometimes receives donations that do not come with any information, leaving them to guess what the items might be used for. Do you have any educated guesses on these items displayed? I thought of no one better to ask!
Keep on learning, where ever you are. Free History Lessons Here!
OPEN ON THE LONG WEEKEND (Closed Monday)
Find beauty in the everyday! All the best, BrickYard Staff
If I was ever forced to be in my playroom, a room with strange green carpet in the basement when I was younger, it was because I was told to clean it. Ha! But fun times were had down there with Barbie, Ken and all the others. An explosion of fun! Kind of like this…
Woo hoo! I hope everyone is secretly getting along after hours when we leave the shop! 😉
The Hibiscus flowers are in bloom here! One of my favorite bits of a lingering summer. There are still a few spots available for our Yard Sale this Saturday August 27th @ 10 am. Give us a call in advance to hold your space to sell, or it’s free to shop. Looking forward to seeing you!
Thinking about participating in a yardsale here or on your own? We polled our seasoned vendors and compiled a list of tips and tricks for a successful yard sale. Read on to hear how to have a successful sale.
How do you know when to have a yard sale?
If you have lots of items that are unique and not just something you see every day, or whole collections, it might be worth your time to have a sale. Having a variety of items no matter what they are will make for a successful sale and draw in passersby.
Mindset is also an important part of knowing.
While you are preparing, remind yourself to keep things light and fun. And to let things go! Intentional or not you are refreshing your space for a new beginning and you will most certainly feel lighter once this is done. Except for all the extra cash in your pocket of course!
Remember this is meant to be fun and is most certainly worth it to give it a try instead of donating it all away or worse yet throwing it into a landfill.
Preparing for the Sale
Allow yourself time. Organization prior to the sale can take at least a week or two or in some cases a full month. Consider having multiple smaller sales if the number of items to get rid of seems overwhelming.
Clean all items to be sold that are dirty.
Arrange similar things together in piles to start
Place bulk items in boxes. People like to dig and treasure hunt a little so it is a good balance to have a few boxes set up for that. Your entire sale should not be set up this way, however.
Have items conveniently packed away in plastic zip lock bags for visibility. Pair sets together of clothing, books, movies, jewelry, or gift sets. Then add the price, quantity & size on the front of the bag for easy view.
Start with the most popular things, that you think will sell the best and you want to part with the most.
Big items attract attention and have just as good a chance to sell as any so don’t leave them out. The more variety of items you have more likely that people will stop and have a look.
SOME TOP SELLERS: records, CDs, radios, old ladders, metal items, garden art, wagon wheels, old crates, dinky cars, sports memorabilia, crafts, household items, toys, games, kids clothes, cookware dishes, small appliances, camping items, tools, vintage items, sneakers/shoes, weird stuff from the basement of an old house.
Post advertisements 7-14 days before the event on Kijiji, Facebooks Marketplace/community groups and place a sign on the lawn.
Pre-pricing is by far the most important.
Not everyone will want to strike up a conversation and haggle even if that is something you yourself like to do. You will sell more with items fully priced – but at the same time be prepared to barter. Pre-pricing also curbs customers from wanting everything for free.
Have prices visible with colourful sticker tags or vibrant markers. Again be confident in your pricing BUT be reasonable. Customers will be drawn to good prices and they will buy more. It all adds up. The expectation at a yard sale is that your prices are marked to sell.
Leave it for the most part to the customer to ask about making an offer. If you see someone looking at an item but not buying and seems nervous to make an offer, then you can approach them kindly and say “if you’re interested no reasonable offer refused” to strike up a conversation and/or talk about possible uses for the item.
Keep it easy on yourself. Use a .25 cent increment or whole dollar amount to simply your change. Keeping the amounts even makes it easy to track sales.
If time is an issue have different priced tables with clear signage eg: “Everything on this table $10 each” and section similarly priced groups of items.
The Night Before:
Lay out multiple tables where you want them.
Pitch a shade tent if needed.
Gather up and stow carry bags under tables for use.
Put together the cash float with small bills and lots of change.
Place out lawn flags and signs to attract attention.
Double check online postings.
Keep a clean-looking setup. Consider a table cloth or wrapping paper to cover tables. Have blankets ready to lay out on the grass for grouping pre-priced items in the morning.
On the day of the Sale:
Be ready for the early birds – They are early!
Arrange items so that everything is spread out and visible. Be sure to have your items clear of tripping hazards.
Set up your sale in a logical order with like items together. This detail will draw attention to what someone might be looking for.
Put things for children closer to the ground.
When creating an appealing setup it is best to have most things at eye level on tables than all on the ground down low. Be clever with descriptions and when talking about an item. Suggest alternative uses for objects to help the buyer envision uses.
At the end of your sale if you don’t want to cart things off to goodwill you can mark a free sign and leave out for a day and see what goes, or call for a pick up from a community charity that does collections. Of course, you could also hang on to the items for just one more yard sale this season.
Try not to leave anything out of the sale just because you think no one will want it. You will often be surprised by what other people are looking for. “Another person’s junk is another’s treasure” is a saying that is all too true! Almost ANYTHING will sell to the right person as long as it’s clean and in working order.
Most of all: BE WILLING TO LET THINGS GO and you will have a great sale where you meet new people and make extra money!
Happy August already! Our last yard sale was jam-packed with fun! There are still a few spots available for our next one coming up this week, Saturday, August 13th @ 10 am. Give us a call in advance to hold your space to sell or it’s free to shop. The weather looks divine!
Go back in time with a snooze in this retro lounger!! Way too cool. Reminds me of getting stuck in the loungers at Bingeman’s Park when I was a kid with their wide vinyl straps after swimming until I was a wrinkly prune. Then, I’d refuel with a Mars bar and a can of Pepsi. Spent most of my summers this way…back in the day when I expended more calories than I consumed every single day without any effort at all. hah! Man, how I wish I could have that for lunch now!
What’s your favourite poolside memory? Does it involve sticky chairs and chocolate bars? Let us know!
☀️Find beauty in the everyday.
All the best,
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The BEST hand-made Hamburgers and Fresh Cut Fries are currently made from DELICIOUS NEW BATCH POTATOES while you shop. Dine-in, Take-Out or Patio Dining is available.
All bets are off! How great would this be for a games room? This Crown & Ancher Hand Painted Sign is one of a kind. $120 ~ Love it!
A new booth display here with so many unique tins, die-cast cars, collector magazines and my fav: a sears AM-FM radio. I can hear the crackling between shifting the radio stations in my head without even turning it on, can’t you?
We’re open on the Civic Holiday! Come for a country drive and see all the new items in stock from our more than 90 different vendors! Lots to see, lots to do and lots to eat!! Give yourself a treat!
Find beauty in the everyday. SEE YOU SOON! ☀️BrickYard Staff
Where: The side lawn and parking lot of BrickYard Antiques Time: 10 am start Cost: $25.00 to sell – Free to shop No holds on spaces without payment at least one day prior to event Our store hours are 10 am – 6 pm. You are welcome to sell for as long as you wish during business hours. Sign up in store – Payment in advance You may park your vehicle in your place for the day or unload and move your vehicle to the parking lot.*Only one vehicle/trailer per spot. Cost: $25.00 No Rain Date: Do not register until you are sure you are able to participate. Participation is at your own risk. Spots are limited It’s always fun! Hoping for more of this glorious sunshine! ☀️Diane :)
Happy Canada Day! So many great things about Canada and the great outdoors. Including the international movie! Can you even say the words The Great Outdoors without thinking about John Candy being chased by a bear? Who else would you want to learn about nature than from him? “Bear… bear… Big Bear… big bear chase meeeeeeee…!”
Thankfully no bears here in these parts, cause I wouldn’t be running, just standing there in panic!
Fishing and Camping gear for The Great Outdoors.
BrickYard Antiques is so excited and proud to be a sponsor of our Canada Day Festivities in Delaware this year. Enjoy the day and then stop in to see us! We’re open on Canada Day 10-6 and all weekend long!
Find beauty in the everyday. 🇨🇦 All the best, BrickYard Staff
We had such a pleasant surprise this week with a fantastic shout-out from the Vintage Toy Hunters on YouTube who a few months back had a fun day scoping the endless toys here at BrickYard Antiques. Their video is a joy to watch and we appreciate all the kind words. What a fun escape!
What would Dad like for Fathers Day? A phone call or an actual relic of a phone? Or maybe some toys!
Free long-distance phone calls anytime!
Looking for something to do with Dad this weekend? This is the place. Have a homestyle breakfast and feel like a kid again, right here! See you soon!
Find beauty in the everyday. All the best, BrickYard Staff