tag sale
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.


Also called garage sale, lawn sale, or yard sale.

tag sale

Organizing a tag sale can accomplish two ends: It can earn you some money, and it can help you clean out your house. You can do it alone, with your whole family, or jointly with some of your friends.

First, go through your stuff. Select things to sell that are in reasonably good shape and that you don't want any more. Put them all together in a corner somewhere to store until the sale.

Price everything. You can buy pressure-sensitive stickers in discount stores to use as price tags. You can also buy plain old-fashioned price tags with strings, or you can make your own. In any case, price everything as low as you can bear to. The point is to sell everything. If you charge too much, you may end up having to put everything back again.

Make posters to advertise the sale. Stick them on street signs and in front of your home on the day of the sale. Put them in nearby store windows if you want to and your parents let you. Give the address and the time of the sale. Tell what kinds of things are being sold (clothes, toys, art supplies, records, books, and so on). Say when the sale starts and when it will end.

Watch over your sale the whole time. Keep all the money you earn in a safe place. Toward the end of the sale,
if you see that things are not being sold, lower your prices. If you see someone looking at something as if it costs too much, consider lowering the price to sell it. Let people bargain with you if you like.

At the end of the day, clean up, take down any posters you may have put up, and count your money.


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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