How to Become a Teen Yard Sale Assistant

What Does a Teenage Yard Sale Assistant do? 

As a teenage yard sale assistant, you’ll spend the majority of your time helping people run their yard sales.  Yard sales can get quite busy sometimes, and the seller may not be able to get to all of their customers on time. That’s where you step in and help. A yard sale assistant will help run a yard sale. To help run a yard sale, you will help sell customers products, accept payments, and help organize the yard sale. Sometimes the yard sale runner may not be able to carry all the objects on sale to the selling area, and you should be able to help them carry the products. You’ll spend a lot of time carrying products and talking to people, so it’s helpful to be relatively in shape, and have great salesmanship skills, as you will need to persuade people to buy the products.

How Much Does a Teenage Yard Sale Assistant Get Paid?

As a teenage yard sale assistant just getting started, you can expect to earn somewhere between $10-$15 per hour.  The biggest issue with this type of work is that it is extremely short term. It will probably last a day or two, as yard sales are one-time jobs, and you will need to find another client to work for, after the couple of days. This is mostly because of the fact that yard sales are not run by companies, but usual folk who need some help. But even so, it’s great for building experience and customer service skills.

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Yard Sale Assistant?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen yard sale assistant.  Doing so we’ll ensure your safety when you try to find clients and they’ll likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. Before you begin, you’ll need to consider if this job is actually for you. A yard sale assistant will only have 1 or 2 days of work, and it is very short term. You will need to put in quite a bit of work in finding a position as a yard sale assistant, as there are not many positions available out there. You may even take longer to find a position as a yard sale worker than the time you’re actually working as one. There are many similar customer service jobs out there, for example a concession stand worker, that are a bit more long-term and more sustainable. Although, if you really enjoy working with people or if you are just testing the waters for the job market, this could be perfect for you.
  3. If you’ve determined that you want to be a yard sale assistant, you need to find a position. You won’t be able to use major websites such as Indeed, since regular folk are looking for yard sale assistants, not major companies. Instead, I would look on websites such as Craigslist, since people will put available positions there. Search for teenage yard sale assistant jobs, and find ones in your area. Once you find a position, you can move on the next step. If you still can’t find a position, you can post an ad yourself, asking if anyone needed a yard sale assistant. Now, people will come to you and you will receive an email if someone needs your assistance.
  4. Once you’ve found an available position, apply! Talk about your skills, especially the ones that pertain to being a yard sale assistant. Do you have great salesmanship experience? Talk about that and how you will be able to sell their products in no time! This way, you have improved your odds of getting hired, and you will sound more professional. If you don’t get accepted for the position, don’t give up, you will become a yard sale assistant.
  5. Congrats, you’re officially a yard sale assistant. It will take a good amount of time to earn money, but everyone starts from somewhere, and this is a great experience building job. If you find that your pay is too low, don’t worry, it will slowly, but surely add up to a lot. This is a great chance to learn how to be a good salesman and how to give a great customer service experience.

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REQUIRED RESOURCES

  • Craigslist.org:  A site where you can search for yard sale opportunities.  Even though this is a resource, we highly recommend you only speak with people you know personally such as neighbors.
  • How to Be a Good Salesman:  This article will help you understand what you can do to be the best possible salesman at the yard sales you attend.