The tags are stuck, the signs are hung, you advertised on GarageSaleCow, the balloons are inflated and tied to your mailbox -- everything is set to go for this beautiful yard sale weekend. Or is it? There's one more thing you need to prepare before you head out into the day: yourself!
Start by staying hydrated a few days beforehand. Water loss is dangerous in high heat, and if you start out hydrated, you're less likely to find yourself dehydrated in the middle of the day. Be sure to chill some large water bottles somewhere nearby so that when you start getting thirsty -- or when it's time for another 8 oz -- you've got a ready supply of water that won't make your tongue protest. Some people prefer room temperature, others straight out of the refrigerator, so know what temperature the water should be for you to happily guzzle it.
Go to sleep fairly early the night before so you get a good night's sleep. You may be dealing with difficult customers, yipping dogs, and intense bartering sessions all day, and if you're cranky because you didn't get your eight hours, it will just make matters worse. Try your best to follow your normal bedtime routine, meaning don't cram last-minute pricing and organizing into hours you would normally be sleeping. Pace yourself so everything is done before you start yawning, and then wander off to bed and try to ignore any lingering excitement. Set an alarm for a few minutes earlier than you actually plan to get out of bed so you can spend some time mentally preparing yourself for the long day ahead of you.
Once you wake up, make sure to brush your teeth. No one wants to have to barter with someone whose rank breath is puffing into their face, so even if brushing your teeth isn't a normal part of your morning routine, go ahead and give those gums a good scrubbing. You may want to recruit a brave loved one to test your breath, and if it's especially bad, swish with some mouthwash.
When choosing your clothes, remember that you want to look presentable but not intimidating. You also want to dress for comfort, not for style, so although looking good is certainly allowed, you don't want to sit in some stiff Sunday best clothes all day and make your body hate you afterwards. A pair of jeans or shorts, plus a nice top (whether it's a t-shirt, polo, or layered shirt), will make you seem friendly and prepared but won't give you an air of business-like aloofness. As far as shoes, pick a pair that's easy to slip on and off but that will provide you with adequate support if you plan to be walking around much.
Eat a good, solid breakfast before you start moving your tables and items. Eggs make a great pre-yard sale meal, as do pancakes or waffles, hearty cereal (like granola), and cheese melted on toast. Make sure you get in some protein as well as a good measure of carbs -- these will provide you with the energy boost you need to make it to lunchtime. And while you're in the kitchen, go ahead and prepare a lunch that you can just pop inside and take with you to your sales table; that way, you don't need to fret about taking a break from monitoring your sale to make lunch. Good make-ahead lunch foods include sandwiches, cold soups, pasta salads, or large portions of leftover dinners (the latter three can obviously be made the day before if the timing is better for you).
Before you head out the door, check to make sure you've put up a free listing on GarageSaleCow.com! You'll attract visitors from the world's fastest-growing online garage sale community to your sale without paying a cent.