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It’s yard sale season! As homeowners dust off forgotten shelves and sift through attics in their attempts to spring clean the house, they may be realizing they have some unnecessary items. Instead of tossing everything in a box or trash bag and heading to the closest Good Will, consider hosting a yard sale instead! The Spring season is the perfect time for a yard sale. You’ve probably noticed signs popping up all over your area. Maybe you’ve even paid a visit to a couple of neighborhood yard sales.

Have you thought about having one of your own? There are many benefits to having a yard sale, ranging from financial benefits to even environmental ones. Read on for a list of reasons why you should consider hosting your own yard sale this spring!

1. Put Some Cash in Your Pocket
The most obvious benefit of having a yard sale is the opportunity to earn some money off the items in your house that were otherwise forgotten. For the most part, a yard sale is full of items that range from 50 cents to 10 dollars, so we’re not saying you can buy a new car with this cash. However, oftentimes you can find a few pieces of furniture or décor that can really make you a decent amount of money! For example, if you’re saving up for a new wardrobe or want to replace an old appliance in the house, a yard sale can definitely help you reach your savings goal!

2. If You’re Moving
Yard sales can be really beneficial for those who have recently moved into a new home or are moving out of their home soon. If your family is planning to move between school years this summer, you can have a yard sale to lighten the load on the moving truck. Chances are that you will find pieces of furniture, clothing, random knick-knacks, etc. that you don’t want to take to the new house. If you want to redecorate the new house, sell your old décor and use the profits towards a brand-new look! Likewise, if you’ve just moved into a new home, you may find that you’re unpacking things that you don’t really need. A yard sale can easily help you get rid of these items and declutter your new home.

3. To Help the Environment
The items that you sell in your yard sale may be old to you, but they’re a new treasure for someone else. Instead of throwing away your “trash” and filling up valuable landfill space, try selling it in a yard sale. You will be surprised at all the things people will buy! We’re serious. Avid yard sale shoppers are often looking for specific items to fuel a certain hobby – and that hobby can be turning metal into art! Whatever items you have laying around the house and garage – tennis rackets, old toys, movies, old clothes, electronics (the list goes on) – can be repurposed for someone else! Yard sales are the perfect opportunity for recycling.

4. To Get Out of the House and Meet Your Neighbors!
With our busy schedules, it can be difficult to find a moment to formally introduce yourself to your neighbors, let alone actually get to know them! So, bring them to you! The yard sale sign in your yard will attract your neighbors from across the street and from the other side of the neighborhood. There’s something about yard sales that make people want to smile and start a conversation. The sunshine of spring and the warm break from winter just makes you want to smile, doesn’t it? There’s no telling what kind of conversations can start up as your neighbors scan your old household belongings and ask curious questions.

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