A well-planned yard sale can be the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday.

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It goes by many names -- yard sale, garage sale, rummage sale, estate sale -- and its purposes are many. Looking to rid your house of all that junk you've got in the attic? Sell it outside. Got an open weekend you'd like to fill? Set a couch, a blender and some booties on your lawn and watch the cars line up.

Just want a little extra cash? Yard it up.

"Yard sale" is a siren call for bargain hunters, antique seekers and lovers of all things kitsch, and there are people who wait all year for the warmer weather that turns neighborhoods into giant, cardboard-signed clearance sales. Whether you're looking to score some bucks, fill some time or clear the clutter (or all of the above), you may find a yard sale is the perfect way to spend a Saturday at home -- as long as you do it right.

It may seem simple, and it pretty much is. But as with most things worth doing, a yard sale does require some knowledge and effort to be a success. Here, what you need to know, do and plan for in order to pull off a great event, including some of the little extras that can make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Let's begin with the basics, because a brush-up never hurts ...