If you want to have a successful yard sale, one of the most important things you can do is to get more people to simply notice your yard sale.
What it all comes down to is this:
It’s a numbers game.
The more people who a) See your sale, then b) Choose to slow down when driving by your sale, and finally c) Actually get out of the car to have a look around your sale… the higher your profits will be.
So think: “What can I do to bring attention to my sale?”
Here are some things you can do at the yard sale itself…
Hang flags, banners, balloons, and signs — anything that will move around in the breeze and catch someone’s attention.
Peripheral vision is a great thing… especially when people are driving by without having any intention of stopping at a garage sale!
So the more you can call attention to your yard sale the better. Period.
Not to mention the fact that crowds of people attract even more people. So you always want to have a crowd (large or small) looking at the items in your yard sale. If someone drives by and sees no one looking at your stuff, then it gives them the impression that you probably haven’t got anything good left.
Extra Attention-Getters At Yard Sales
We always hang “party flags” — pennant shaped plastic flags that dangle from one long plastic ribbon. These come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Your best bet: Just pick up whatever is on clearance at the local party supply store! Because the fact of the matter is, the logo/design/saying on the party flags doesn’t matter one bit. No one even notices what’s on them… simply that they’re there attracting attention!
Through the years, we’ve acquired some old Kodak film party flags, as well as some race car checkered flag ones.
It’s also a good idea to place balloons and/or streamers on your mailbox.
To spice things up, have a ‘red light’ sale every 20 minutes. Have a flashing red light handy, and every 20 minutes turn it on, and announce that for the next 5 minutes everything will be half the marked price! This may well encourage people who were wavering on an item to buy. — GarageSaleSource.com
And don’t forget to call attention to your items by hanging lots of small signs above the items themselves!
UPDATE: A reader mentioned this great idea: Have a display of Mexican Jumping Beans on a table at your yard sale! She got them from Amazing Beans. Here are a couple other places that sell jumping beans online… (They’re sold seasonally – in July/August I believe.)
Bright Colors Attract Attention
The more colorful or oddly shaped your attention-getting items are, the better. Neon orange — like hunters use — works wonders. As do neon green and bright yellow.
Somehow we acquired a bright orange traffic cone — one of those rubberized parking obstacles. The only time we’ve ever used it is at our yard sales! Every time we have a garage sale, that neon orange cone gets placed at the tip of our driveway. (Sometimes I’ll strategically place it to make an area “off limits”, if necessary.)
Even something that’s brightly colored but seems to have no place at a yard sale will work. For example, I also have a bright orange parking attendant vest. Sometimes I simply drape that vest over our mailbox whenever I’m having a yard sale.
How To Display Unique Items Prominently
If you have any other odd-shaped or unusual items lying around your house, put them to work for you out at the curb on the morning of your yard sale.
Some items that will attract attention:
- Life-size cutouts of people (famous or not, it doesn’t really matter). Better yet: tie a balloon onto the wrist, or put a floppy) hat on the person’s head. Remember, you’re trying to draw some attention!
- Bright orange or neon green colored posterboard signs. Don’t “junk it up” with a lot of handwritten words. Simply “STOP HERE!” or “FREE STUFF!” will work wonders.
- Place your largest, most expensive items closest to the street — not inside your garage! Yes, this means if you actually want to sell that big computer hutch, and that 3 piece sleeper-sofa set, then you need to strategically place them close to the curb. Doing so will ensure: a) more people will stop at your yard sale; b) those items will sell much faster; and c) those items will generate a lot of interest — in both your sale and th
e item itself — which may even start some competitive bidding!
- Think outside the box, and utilize something you have that others would love to see, or try, or learn more about. Maybe… have your snow-cone machine working & sell snowcones for 50-cents each during your sale. Or a lemonade stand staffed by yourself, your children, or a few neighborhood kids.
- Or, make a big sign that shows items that are FREE for the taking. I do this at each of my yard sales.
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