from the stuff
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Garage sale signs for the street that pull in the crowds
First, place your garage sale signs safely, carefully and legally
Make a sign map
You will need street signs on every main street entry to your house within a mile (or 2 kilometres). Draw a rough map of your area to plan where your garage sale signs will need to go. Don't forget to cater for traffic going in both directions. This will usually require separate signs on each side of the road.
Your sign map will help you work out how many garage sale signs you will need and what direction the arrows need to be. Your sign map can also be used by your helpers in the morning to set up the signs for you and to take them ALL down at the end of your garage sale.
Below are some suggested locations for your signs at intersections.
Place your garage sale signs so drivers have time to turn
Place signs more than 30 yards/metres (or more depending on the speed limit) before the intersection so people can slow down and/or change lanes to safely turn. Place your arrow signs about 10 meters/yards from a corner. You can place your arrow signs right on the corner only if there is plenty of visibility leading up to the corner and there is no chance that a car will be parked before it blocking the view of people trying to find your sign.
You will need an "arrow" direction sign at EVERY corner
You want to make it as easy as possible for people to find your garage sale. Even if you have included the street name on your main street sign, people may not be bothered to come if they have to dig out their street directory to find you.
What to do on long streets?
If you have a long street, people will start wondering if they have gone past a corner sign after a few minutes. If this is likely, try one of these tips:
Make sure all you garage sale signs look similar
Customers will then know they are following your signs to your garage sale. Use the same colored background, lettering, decorations, etc.
Garage sale signs should be stiff and sturdy
Signs should be stiff and sturdy so they don't fold down in the slightest breeze. Some ideas for sign material are:
Some enterprising children earn 'pocket money' every week by renting out their professionally built signs.
Garage sale signs should be readable and attention-getting
Cars will be passing your sign at 35mph/60kph. Look at the road-side signs and notice the size of the sign and the lettering. Note how small the lettering can be before it is unreadable from a car traveling at speed.
Use Google's image search for garage sale sign design ideas
Search for "garage sale sign", "yard sale sign", "tag sale sign", etc.
Gain attention by making your garage sale sign like a life-size cutout of a person holding your sign
These always get attention when tied securely to a street pole. Include a balloon or two for some extra attention-getting decorations. Use clipart for ideas. Here are some examples:
On your main street signs:
Advertising in a multi-cultural neighborhood
If you are in a multi-cultural neighborhood then consider including non-english signs too.
Secure your specially made bought yard sale signs
If you buy specially made yard sale signs there's a good chance they will be stolen by the end of the day unless you can secure them to a street sign, power pole or lamp post.
Try to prevent people removing your yard sale signs
Write on the bottom of your sign in small letters something like, "This sign will be removed on or before the evening of (insert the last day of your yard sale)". This may appease the authorities and also the owner of the property that you have placed your sign in front of.
Never staple or hammer signs to trees or street poles
Never attach a sign to a public street pole as this is against the law in most states. Nails or staples can damage safety equipment such as gloves and harnesses not to mention hands, arms and legs.
Gain the attention of people who may not drive past your yard sale signs on the day
When to put out your street signs on the morning?
Put out your street signs only AFTER you have all your items out on the morning of your yard sale and you are ready to go. If you put the signs out before you are set up, you won't be ready for the early birds and opening rush.
A tip for when putting your yard sale signs out the night before
If you want to spend time setting up your yard sale signs the night before your yard sale but don't want to include your address on the signs to stop early birds finding your house - just leave a space on the sign for the address and have your address written or printed on suitably sized pieces of paper. Then in the morning while you check your signs, you just need to go around and tape the address on each sign.
Check your yard sale signs during the day
Have a helper check your signs during the day. They may have blown over or been removed or replaced by someone else's garage sale signs.
A sneaky sign trick to really pull in the crowds
This one never fails to attract more shoppers. For more details of this tip and other money-making tips, order your copy of the Best Garage Sale Tips ebook for immediate download.
Don't do this.
I have read some people suggesting "You can even employ your children to walk up and down a main thoroughfare advertising the event, carrying a placard much as they would for a political candidate or if they were on strike. The more noticeable the advertisement, the more likely you'll draw the curious."
My god, don't do that!! I don't now where they lie but haven't they heard of "stranger danger". It's not worth the risk and your kids are more useful at the sale helping you and learning how to interact with adults in a supervised setting.
Help everyone find your house with one of these on your front fence
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