puzzle piece

Click to solve our online jigsaw puzzles!

puzzle piece

The Best Way to Sell Tools in a Yard Sale

Learn how to sell tools at a yard sale.
Hammer image by Mikekoeln from Fotolia.com

Selling tools at a yard sale can be a great way to earn some extra cash and get rid of clutter around the home. However, you want to make sure that you get a fair price for your tools and that you find enough buyers to make it worth your while.

Determine the price of the tools you are trying to sell. You can do this in a number of different ways. You can look on EBay.com, Craigslist.com or other classified services and search for the brand and type of tool to see how much similar items are going for. You can also look at the retail price of the tool to get an idea of how much one would cost new, then make your price lower to make it worth the buyer's while.

Decide whether to price the tools individually or group them together. If the tools are expensive, you'll want to put an individual price tag on them. For less costly tools like screwdrivers and hammers, however, you may want to put them all in a basket and note that everything in the basket is $1 (or whatever price you decide is fair). You can also arrange tools on a table and note that everything on that table is $10, for more expensive items like circular saws or drills.

Price the tools and arrange them in one area of your yard sale. That way everyone who is coming to the sale can see the tools all together. You should also include manuals, warranty information, original boxes or anything else that came with the tool that can help the buyer see the value.

Mention the tools in a garage sale ad in the newspaper classifieds section. Many people read the classifieds looking for a garage sale that matches their interests. Use phrasing to let them know you will have tools; for example, you could say "Large garage sale. Do-it-yourselfer dream. Vast tool collection including two band saws, table saw and assorted small hand tools." Pick the best items to mention by name. Mention the brand if it is a well-respected brand.

Our Passtimes