The Basics of Making the Best Garage Sale Signs

You’ve taken the time to go through the clutter that has been taking up valuable space in your garage for the last year or so. Things are labeled and priced and you even have yourself a chair to sit at while the massive garage sale undertaking happens.

But let’s not forget the most important element of the sale: the customers.

Here are some basic ways to make the best garage sale signs and make your sale a slam-dunk!

Get People’s Attention

When you think about garage sale signs you may think a piece of cardboard with some writing on it. Maybe it says “sale” and has an arrow.

Business Coach Jennifer Martin says that to have a successful garage sale, you must do what successful sellers do and the first thing is to stand out.

“Buy neon-colored poster board and use a black marker to write the essentials in really big letters,” says Martin.

She says your signs should have the date, time, address and word “SALE” accompanied by big arrows.

“Make all your signs look the same (same marker, same colored poster board) and post them on both sides of the street directing to your sale…Consider posting signs near areas that will be busy on the days of your sale close to your home (think Farmer’s Markets, Churches, other big sales, etc.) and make sure you have a big sign at your home (matching the other signs) so that people know they are in the right place,” explains Martin.

Be Proactive

It’s also important to post the signs either early morning the day of your sale or the night before. Some customers like to get to as many sales as possible so they can see the goods first.

“Consider creating flyers that you can post around town advertising your sale a few weeks before the event and hand those at coffee shops, your grocery store and other bulletin boards around town,” says Martin.

 Take Risks and Get Creative

Martin suggests that if you have any high-ticket items such as furniture (things you have inside your home) you take pictures of them and hang a sign with those pictures and additional information up at your sale. If people are interested they can ask to see more and you can take it from there.

If you really want to get people to your garage sale, it’s important you also go online and list your sale.

Martin says free listings online can help promote your sale and give you another chance to show off some of those bigger items by posting a few pictures online.

In addition to your local Craigslist, you can also try Gsalr.comGarage Sale Finder, and Yard Sale Search.

We’re confident your garage sale will be a hit and before you know it, you’ll have some valuable garage space back and a few extra bucks.

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer is a writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her background includes TV news writing and reporting, weather forecasting as well as blogging; specifically for small businesses, software, education and lifestyle. June is fluent in Spanish and has experience in translation, writing and tutoring. Having moved back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico a few times, June enjoys researching new options for storage solutions and moving. She is a fan of organization and celebrates new ideas to help stay clutter-free in her everyday life. She graduated Cum Laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and loves to spend time with her husband, baby boy and their cute Havaneese dog, Reef.
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