By now you’ve probably done your spring cleaning, and now you may have found stuff to clear out and get rid of. While you could donate some or all of it, perhaps there are items which have some value, and you’d like to try to sell them. This is the time of year for yard sales, but to get the most out of them, people need to know where and when. Luckily, we have some great tips here for advertising a yard sale.
1. Advertise online
Did you know you could advertise your yard sale online? There are several dedicated sites just for yard sales. Here are a couple of examples: Yard Sale Search and Garage Sale Finder. Also, don’t forget Craigslist. They have a category for garage and moving sales. The more sites you advertise on, the more likely you are to get shoppers. Fortunately the ad you write for one site will work for all the others.
So how do you write a good yard sale ad? It’s easy. Just remember the following elements
- Time, both start and end
- Important notes like “no previews or calls”; “Rain or shine,” if you plan to hold it under shelter or “no early birds” if you don’t want people showing up at the crack of dawn
- Call out important items in the listing, for example: auto tools, musical instruments or fishing gear
- Pictures, if you have them, especially of the important items you are calling out in your ad
Remember to check with your HOA before running your ad to be sure you are following their guidelines, if any.
2. Street advertising
Online is great for picking up those people who like to plan ahead, but you’ll want street signs for those impulse shoppers. The street signs are also handy for guiding everyone to the correct address. How do you set up your signs?
- Make them clear and readable quickly from a distance. Drivers don’t have lots of time to note lots of details. Arrows are great.
- Position them from the busy street and all the way to your sale. While lots of people do use GPS, assume they won’t know which streets to turn on.
- Be legal. Check with your city/county ordinances and your HOA guidelines to be sure your signs won’t get you in trouble
- Remember to take them down when your sale is over. Unless you want strangers dropping in for days after your sale is over.
Follow these tips, and you should have good attendance at your next yard sale. Here’s hoping you make lots of money. Or at least as much as you were hoping for.