OBJECTIVE OF FOR SALE: The objective of For Sale is to collect more money than the other players. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 to 6 Players 

MATERIALS: 30 Property Cards, 60 One Thousand Dollar Tokens, 12 Two Thousand Dollar Tokens, 30 Currency Cards, and Instructions 

TYPE OF GAMEBidding Card Game 

AUDIENCE: Ages 10 and Up 


For Sale is a quick, competitive game where players buy and sell real estate. The game is played in two phases. The buying phase occurs when players bid for several buildings, in an attempt to buy them for as cheap as possible. The selling phase occurs when the players then flip the buildings, selling them for as much as they can.  


To begin setup, divide the cards into two piles, one for Property cards and one for Currency cards. Each pile is shuffled and placed to the side facing down. If there are three to four players, then each player will collect two two-thousand-dollar tokens and fourteen one-thousand-dollar tokens. If there are five to six players, then each player will get two two-thousand-dollar tokens and ten one-thousand-dollar tokens. 

Finally, some cards will be discarded. In a three-player game, six cards from each stack are discarded. In a four-player game, two cards from each stack are discarded. The game is then ready to begin. 


Gameplay occurs in two different phases, the buying property phase and the selling property phase. During the buying phase, a number of properties equal to the number of players is revealed. The player who has the largest house will begin by laying down coins on the table. Going clockwise around the group, the players decide whether to bid or not.  

The bid has to be more than the previous bid if the player decides to bid. Bidding will continue until all players have decided to pass. If a player passes, then they will collect the property on the table with the lowest value, and they must collect only half of their bid back. Players are allowed to keep their money secret, and that gives them a strategic advantage at times.  

When it comes time to sell properties, and the buying phase has ended, property cards are sold for currency cards. A number of currency cards are flipped that are equal to the number of players. Each player will choose one of their property cards to place in front of them face down. When all players have their properties chosen, they will all reveal their cards simultaneously. The player who has the most valued property will collect the most valued currency and so on.  


The game comes to an end when all properties have been sold. Players will then tally their Currency cards and their coins in order to determine their score. The player with the most money wins the game! 

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