This is a first in a series of three blog posts on the 2015 garage sale season. This post is about signs, the second is about displays, and the third is about my favorite treasures of the season.
The first and perhaps the most important part of putting on a garage sale is getting people to your sale. Good signage can make or break your sale. Here’s a few tips:
- Make sure all of your signs are the same color. Often there are several signs at an intersection; it is much easier to follow the path if all of your signs are the same color.
- Make sure you place signs often along your route. If they are too far apart, people will give up.
- Make your signs colorful. Given a choice, we follow the more colorful, more interesting signs. This also helps in following the path to your sale. Do not use brown paper bags for signs because they are difficult to read.
- Make sure your lettering is large enough to read at a distance. Don’t just use a marker with thin lines. A little rain will immediately destroy the writing, making your sign illegible.
- Make sure your sign is firmly in the ground so it doesn’t fall over.
- Post the sign at least a foot off of the ground. Often there is vegetation that obscures a sign located right on the ground.
- Make sure you take the signs down when the sale is over. It’s very frustrating to follow signs, only to find that there is no sale.
- Don’t advertise your sale until you are sure you will be ready for the sale. Again, it is very frustrating to go to the address of an advertised sign only to find out there is no sale. We remember those addresses and are not likely to return for a second time.
The next blog will discuss tips for displaying items at your sale.
Til then – Thanks for reading!