Why aren’t yard sales later in the day?

Katherine Ranzenberger

It’s practically a tradition that yard sales are held in the morning hours. Most people set their hours from 9 a.m. to about 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

Why aren’t their any yard sales at night? Well, not many people have lights in their yards. Who wants to shop in the dark? (Photo by Jim Larrison via Flickr.com. Find him at www.flickr.com/photos/larrison/)

But have you ever wondered why yard sales never late in the afternoon? Well, even the wizened folks at Yard Sale Secrets don’t know exactly why, but we have some good guesses.

  • HEAT: Most yard sales are held in the summer, that means temperatures go up through the afternoon. In some parts of the country, that means 90-plus degrees by 3 p.m. The mornings, in contrast, are far cooler.
  • BUGS: Even on cool mornings, it’s quite rare to see mosquitoes or other bugs. Gnats prefer the heat of the day. Mosquitoes like the twilight hours — particularly during sunset.
  • LIGHT: If a yard sale was held in the late afternoon, you’d be picking up your unsold items in the dark. Even worse, if you held a yard sale at night you’d have people shopping in the dark since very few people have significant yard lighting.
  • SAFETY: Imagine the problems you’d have with people visiting your yard sale in the evening — tripping over your merchandise or the curb!
  • TIMING: If you set your yard sale’s hours early in the day, you have time to clean up and even do something else afterward — we recommend a family barbecue. Anyway,  with a morning yard sale, you’re not wasting your entire day off.