Last week we talked about Pricing Items for a Successful Yard Sale. Continuing with the Yard Sale topic, this week I want to discuss advertising.
The location of your yard sale is one of the first things to consider. If you live in a rural area, hold your yard sale at a friend or families members house in a more populated area. Another option is to participate in a block or community yard sale. In our area there is community yard sale a few times a year. If you are a local, check out Lake Monticello’s Community Yard Sale scheduled to take place April 10th and 17th.
To hold a successful yard sale, advertising is essential. It is not always necessary to pay for advertising though. Advertise for free on craigslist and send out e-mails to the parent groups you belong to. Another free option I just came across is Garage Sale Tracker. This site allows you to find yard sales in your area or advertise for free. It is a new site, so there is not much for my local area yet. If you live in a bigger city, Garage Sale Tracker is a great resource.
Making signs is another great way to advertise. Use cardboard and a Sharpie to make your signs or get creative on the computer! Keep it simple but informative. List the date, time and location of the sale. Drawing arrows is very helpful. Remember that people see these signs will driving. That means the letters need to be large and readable. Place signs at intersections and on major roads. Make sure your house is clearly marked. I often would make a sign for the windshield of my car and park the car at then end of my road. Before placing signs in your community, check with your home owners association.
After the sale has ended, take the time to cleanup your signs! Not only is it bad for the environment to leave your signs laying around, it is annoying to yard sale shoppers. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen a flash of a sale sign and followed the arrow only to be disappointed that the sale was the week before.
I rarely pay for advertising for yard sales. I have had great success using free advertisement resources. Next week I will discuss setting up for the sale. I didn’t intend for this to be such a long series, but I guess I have a lot to say about Yard Sales!
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