Another garage sale season …

Another garage sales season is coming to an end.  Sales are few and far between now. With health issues, I wasn’t able to get to as many sales as I would have liked, but I did manage to get to quite a few. And then add in the trip to Herrschner’s Warehouse sale in Stevens Point, Wisconsin (overnight with a friend) and a day long thrift store marathon (I think we went to 11 or 12 stores in one day!).

Most of my ‘finds’ this year were lower cost items – nothing big – but fun and valuable to me. Below are some of my finds. You will see a theme here — teapots and paper crafting supplies.

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Of course, I am always interested in how people conduct their garage sales. I’ve written several blogs that give tips on how to have a successful sale (see links at bottom of this blog). Signs directing people to sales should be colorful, easily read, use arrows, include distance (if possible), and consistent – all your signs should be the same. This makes it easy for us shoppers to find your location. My favorite sign for this year:


And since I am a city planner and have to administer zoning rules, please remember to pick up your signs when the sale is over. Below is a picture of one of my colleagues with ‘old’ signs that were collected. Note, however, the balloon – a good attention-getting device to add to your garage sale sign.


So, that’s it until next season.

Thanks for reading. I hope you will return.

Here’s are links to  my previous blogs about garage sales:

The garage sale season – 2015 … tips on signs


A great sign! It is colorful and easy to read. The only improvement would be to also include the address. This is my favorite sign of the summer – and they had a great garage sale!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Make sure you place signs often along your route. If they are too far apart, people will give up.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Make sure your sign is firmly in the ground so it doesn’t fall over.
  6. Post the sign at least a foot off of the ground. Often there is vegetation that obscures a sign located right on the ground.
  7. 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.
  8. 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! 


If you want your garage sale to fail, this sign will help you. It is hard to read, items are scribbled out, and it’s probably been used before. It is also mounted on the ground – so vegetation covers part of the sign. It’s a good idea to post the sign at least a foot or more off of the ground for better visibility.


This sign is very visible, is off the ground, and clearly marks the location of a garage sale. Just one caution, however. It was located at the end of a slight curve … and a few people came to a screeching halt thinking a deer was crossing – only to realize the deer was wearing signs.

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This works well to mark the location of a garage sale.

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Another favorite sign – the volkswagon sign which was used to direct people to the sale and at the location of the sale. Banners also help catch attention.

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And, of course, at the end of the volkswagon signs you find a volkswagon – marking the entrance to the sale.

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Here banners are used to draw attention to the location and the sign.