Garage sale flyers that spread the word
You aren't restricted in space so garage sale flyers can be a great to get the word out
- List all the big and interesting items you think people will want to buy including relevant details such as size, history, condition, etc.
- Include words to sell your featured items
- Include large, clear, detailed photos if it helps. Refer to photo tips on www.ebay.com for tips on how to take the perfect picture.
- Include details of the date and times of your garage sale.
- Include your street address but not the house number! Shoppers have to wait for the street signs to go up on the day for them to find out where you are otherwise you will be getting visitors all week wanting to see the items. That is unless you don't mind them buying all your good stuff before your garage sale!
- Tell people why they should come to your garage sale.
- Don't use the phrase, "Everything must go."
It's a waste of space because everyone knows that you want everything to go plus it makes you sound desperate to get rid of everything at any price.
Use a headline to catch attention
- LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF STUFF!!
- HUGE RANGE!!
- MOVING SALE!!
- BIG CLEAN OUT!!
- GOING OVERSEAS!!
- GRANDPARENT'S ATTIC!!
- DOWNSIZING FOR RETIREMENT
- ACCUMULATED OVER 50 YEARS!!
- DIVORCE SALE
- PRICED TO SELL
- BARGAIN HUNTER'S GARAGE SALE
- I Cleaned out my Daughters' Bedrooms
- 10% of sales to be donated to local charity .
Make sure that you are and do.
- ANNUAL GARAGE SALE.
This will give the impression you have one every year (this might be your first year so you aren't be deceptive. It isn't the same as saying 5th ANNUAL SALE when it is only your first). An 'annual sale' makes people think that your stuff is only a year old!
- If you are having a group sale, include the words like HUGE MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE!! or FIVE FAMILY GARAGE SALE
- Be careful if you include the words ANTIQUES or COLLECTABLES as you will attract the serious, finicky buyers and put off casual buyers who might think the prices will be too high.
- Only use MOVING SALE or GOING OVERSEAS if you are actually moving or going overseas. Moving sales usually have better items for sale than normal "junk clearing" garage sales. But people don't like being tricked into coming to a garage sale that isn't as it is advertised.
- Don't use ESTATE SALE unless someone has died or you will get some very angry customers. There is a BIG difference in how to host a garage sale and an estate sale.
Other headlines that have caught my attention or curiosity
- THE GARAGE SALE FROM HELL
- LOADS OF ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE JUNK
- OMG! YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT'S BEEN SOLD
- THEY CAN'T BE SERIOUS
- STUFF TO RESELL ON EBAY
- YOUR HUSBAND CALLED. HE SAID GO CHECK OUT THIS GREAT SALE
- "I'M TO LAZY TO SELL IT ON EBAY" GARAGE SALE
- PERFECT FOR EBAY BUT I'M TOO LAZY
Use Google's image search for flyer design ideas
Search for "garage sale flyer", "yard sale flyer", "tag sale flyer", etc.
Indicate if poor weather will cancel the sale
If you don't have enough protection if it rains/snows and will have to cancel the sale, include this on the flyer. Also include when you would plan to hold it again.
Warn people if your won't accept checks
If you have decided not to accept personal checks, include CASH ONLY.
Placement of general flyers
Early in the week, place flyers on:
- community boards
- shop windows
- school notice boards (get permission first)
- and other relevant and permitted locations.
- Try approaching your local discount stores or even Goodwill stores.
- Flyers should also go in letterboxes of everyone within 5 minutes walking distance of your house.
- Flyers should also be sent to your local second-hand dealers.
- Some people put them on cars in the local supermarket car park but I find this annoying and the flyers end up littering the car park.
Placement of targeted flyers
If you have specialized items, place your targeted flyers where these people are most likely to notice it. For example:
- Flyers for a garage sale with mainly tools and hardware should be posted where men will notice them. For example in or near hardware stores, hotels, gas stations, retirement villages, etc.
- Flyers for a garage sale with mainly baby goods should be posted near baby shops, toy shops, supermarkets, kindergartens, baby change rooms, playgrounds, dance or gym classes, etc.
- Flyers for a garage sale with mainly kitchen and dinner wares should be posted to be seen by young adults who may be about to or have just moved out from home. So in or near colleges, universities, laundromats, young people bars and eateries.
Include 'tear-offs' to make it easy for shoppers to remember your garage sale
Shoppers might notice your flyer on a notice board but not have a pen and paper to make a note of where it is. Make it easy for them by including tear-off sections at the bottom of your flyer with the "when, where & what" details. Snip in between each one to make it easy to tear off.
Always tear off 1 or 2 so people will think that because others are interested too it must be worth it. "Social validation" is a powerful tool.
Some tear-off ideas are to position them at the bottom of your flyer or down the sides or staple a bunch of pre-cut ones at the top of your flyer.
Most desktop publishing programs on computers these days will have templates you can use.