Recycle a large clean white meat tray into an easy to read rummage sale sign. Use permanent markers or crayons to detail the wording. Staple or glue to stake and pound it into the ground or into a patio flowerpot.
It's amazing what balloons will do to a rummage sale sign to get attention! Get FREE ones at the bank and save a couple especially for your sale sign!
Go to Craigslist.org and find your city. You can place announcements on their site at no charge. This is especially good if you have some big ticket items and you would like to draw in some good customers! I often look through the ads before leaving the house to see if there are any near me that I can stop by.
PS. For those that make signs, please date them then remove them after the sale! I hate following a sign only to find out that it was for last week.
Make up some flyers for your sale. Be sure to include all of the exciting things you will have at your sale. You can post the flyers in your local grocery store, library or post ofiice (if allowed). Give them out to your friends and post them at work or hubby's work!
If you are an internet junkie (like me) you can email all of your friends about your garage sale and even put your flyer up on your Facebook page!
For tips on how to write up your flyer visit: http://garage-sale-planning.blogspo ... write-attention-grabbing-garage.html
I agree with Toolgirl for posting your sales. In addition I like the Tag Sell It site: http://www.tagsellit.com. They have a great way of searching sales by location and seem to have tons of sales listed. Here's an example from my area:
I take large cardboard boxes and write the info with large black markers on the standing up flaps, taping them to make them stand. Then take a rock, usually found near the corner where I am placing the box and use it to anchor the box. Cost nothing and you are able to pick it up easily and recycle the box.
I agree with toolgirl, following an old sign and finding no sale is the pits! That is why you should use the balloons. Balloons only last a day or two, fresh balloons means the sale is going on NOW. yea! Also large stuffed animals placed by a sign is attention getting or if you have a free item place it by your sign with a free sign on it. That is a sure attention getter but may need to be replaced often so keep a free stash close by.
Our kids usually have a lemonade stand with very reasonable prices(I hate when people have one and the kids guilt trip you into 50 cents a cup) We usually charge a dime, but also have bottled water and juice available too. One of the best block sales I ever went to also sold hot dogs, hot pretzels and baked goods at different houses. It was a yearly affair and we as a family all looked forward to it.
Consider getting as many people on your block or in the neighborhood to have one on the same days as you and advertise it as a block, sub division or neighborhood sale. People will always go where they are grouped together to save their time and gas.
I have been using these ideas for over 20 years and people always ask me to help them have a successful sale.(And they do!!!)
I make up a bunch of garage sale signs and put them all over our city. I write down where I put them so I can pick them up 1 hour before closing. My husbnd "minds the store" while I do the running with the signs. I also make signs up to put in laundry mat & shopping markets.
The first time I got home from posting the signs, there where 15 cars in front of my house! I was smiling so big my cheeks hurt!
I also post other garage sales on a corkboard so customers can see who else is have a sale. I also tell my customers when the next sale is, I'm making a sign for in front of my house stating "sale on Saturday"
I don't pay for advertising, it takes from my profits.
Make the sign LARGE ENOUGH TO READ FROM A MOVING CAR-tho slow moving of course. Also don't write a bunch of info just maybe an arrow and the street name.
Keep the 'For Sale' sign from your house. Or if possible, get a neighbour's if they do not want it. These are usually one-offs if they are specific for the house, and useless after the house is sold. Simply paint or texta 'Garage Sale' over the white back. Then nail it or rest it against a tree, pole, etc out the front. They stick out a mile and cost next to nothing.
Most people have a permanent marker and a piece of black paper lying around. In dark letters, write "Garage Sale: Street Name: Arrow", and put it up on the nearest busy street. Make signs that drivers could follow. Mak sure they are all the same color so that drivers don't get confused. It will cost you nothing, and you can recycle the signs in the end.
In addition to free garage sale listings that appear on an easy-to-use map "mashup" (complete with turn-by-turn directions), garagesalefinder.com has "tips" section with a great article on making fabulous garage sale signs.
I made some garage sale signs on poster paper and stapled them on scrapes of paneling, I painted the arrows, for direction, and I have a sign for each main intersection. (I nail them to light posts with only half of the nail drove in) They are easy to remove when sale is over. What I like about them is, I can reuse the same ones.
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