Garage sale signs for in the garage that sell for you - 3 of 3
- Make large signs to go on large items (like furniture, mowers, washing machines, etc) listing the selling points, features, history, condition, price, etc. This will save answering a lot of the same questions all day.
- Make table signs to advertise items that may be overlooked, for example, "Hand-made candles $1 each" or "Chanel Perfume - unopened - $5".
- Make signs to pin on linen & clothes detailing the size, material/fabric, condition, etc. Not only will this save you being asked the same questions, it will save buyers from trying to find the tags themselves and messing up your nicely arranged display.
- Make table signs describing the selling points for items on the table. These signs can either lie flat on the table or be folded in half to create a tent sign (as shown below).
- If it going to be a windy day, either tape or pin your signs to the table or make a tent sign as shown below and suitable weight inside to hold it down.
- Help customers find the things they are looking for by making Section signs and keep like items together in 'departments'. This is explained more in Best garage sale layout tips. Sections could be:
Movies / Videos
- Make table signs that do the selling for you with "subliminal" messages. For example:
"Why not, it’s only $1"
"Keep the kids occupied with these"
"These will go quickly"
"The kids will love it"
"These will keep the kids occupied for hours"
"You can’t buy these any cheaper"
"Think of how much you are saving"
"All prices are negotiable"
"These will make a great Christmas present"
"Everything has to go"
"These won’t be available tomorrow"
"Go on, what have you got to lose?"
"These solid picture frames can be painted or stained to create new looks"
"Re-upholster a chair or make pillows with these (curtains, scarves, sheets or bedspreads)"
"Get a discount with bulk purchases"
- Have SOLD signs ready to put on large items that get sold but the customer needs to come back with a trailer to pick it up later in the day. Maybe include space to write:
Bought by: . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Paid:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Owe:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These details would need to be included in a written receipt too.
- Place OFF LIMITS signs in doorways, gates, paths. etc so customers know where they shouldn't go looking for more treasures.
- Make NOT FOR SALE signs to go on objects that are in the garage or yard that people may think are for sale. This also applies to objects used to display your goods, such as tables, clothes racks, chairs you will be sitting on, pets and the children (well, let me think about that last one).
- If you have decided not to accept checks, have a sign CASH ONLY.
- NO RESTROOM AVAILABLE may prevent you having to refuse a request.
- To protect yourself in case a customer comes back later wanting their money back make big signs that will be positioned prominently that say:
SOLD AS IS
WILL BE GIVEN
And of course...
- Put signs in plastic sleeves to keep them dry, sleeves are stiffer and won't blow around, won't tear way from the pins holding them up, keeps your signs re-useable and the sign inside can be easily swapped (eg from "50% off" to "Name your Price!" .
- If you needed to get a permit for your garage sale, place it in a plastic sleeve and pin it up in your garage in case the authorities pay you a visit.
- Name badges for people working at your garage sale will help shoppers know who to approach and it also make them feel more comfortable speaking with you. Alternatively, just a plain badge, like a gold star, will help shoppers know who to approach with any questions.
Place some large items in the front yard
Put out anything that can be seen from the street that you know will attract shoppers like bees to honey. Include these items in your ad & flyers. Items like a lawn mower, large electronics, exercise equipment, power tools, wood or building supplies. What about a book case full of books. Go to a second-hand book store and buy a load of books (at a bulk price) to fill the book case. You are sure to make up the cost with the extra sales you make.
Put out something attention-getting but you don't want to actually sell. Put a 'SOLD' or 'NOT FOR SALE' sign on it or a ridiculous price (who knows - someone might want to buy it at that price).
Play dirty 3
Put out a scantily clad mannequin
Give men something to do
Someone borrowed their friend's classic car and parked it on the front lawn to give the men something to look at while the 'women went shopping'. Often the men sent their wives back in to look some more while they chatted a bit more about the car.
Set up a small table at the front just with "men's stuff"
This could be jars of screws, nuts, bolts, washers, handy man tools, paint brushes, books, electronics, etc. This will give them something to look through while the women shop. It may be worth your while to buy cheap hardware items in bulk and put in jars to sell at a loss so the women can have more time to buy the items you want to sell.