I recently had my 4th major yard sale. (I made $1,013.00 at this one!)
In keeping with modern technology, this was the first time I decided to go beyond simply placing an ad in the local newspaper classifieds section and hanging a few garage sale signs myself.
Looking in the newspaper for garage sales and driving around endlessly on a Saturday morning looking for loot is so last century. ~LifeHacker
I found these to be the 6 best places to post a yard sale online in order to maximize your garage sale advertising reach — for FREE!
Best Yard Sale Online Advertising Sites
I chose these as the top ones because they’re:
- Free. (You do have to register first — for each site. I simply used an old “junk email address” that I don’t care about, then picked a garage sale related username and password, and used them just for this one occasion.)
- Quick and simple. (I posted my yard sale online in less at 5 minutes at each site.)
- A good way to increase your reach and get the attention of shoppers from beyond your immediate neighborhood.
- Enhancing your garage sale with things that you alone cannot easily provide to the public — like routes & maps to your location, search tools, photos, etc.
- The top ways that shoppers find yard sales to visit. (Yard salers can search by date, type of items, photos, location, and more.)
- Editable after you’ve posted the details of your garage sale. (Think of something else you’re going to sell? You can edit your ad and tweak it as often as you’d like.)
Now onto my top picks, in order…
#1 – Craigslist
Craiglist is, by far, the most popular way that people find out about yard sales online. So you definitely want your garage sale to be listed there! Here’s how to post your yard sale on Craigslist, step-by-step.
BONUS A: GarageSalesTracker.com automatically shows what you’ve posted on Craigslist (as long as you posted it under Garage & Moving Sales).
BONUS B: The Garage Sales Everywhere app automatically shows what you’ve posted on Craigslist as well (as long as you’ve posted it under Garage & Moving Sales).
#2 – Gsalr.com
This is one of the best and most popular ways to find and map garage sales that you’d like to visit. So you definitely want to be listed here. You can also post up to 50 photos for free with your online ad. For the record, I didn’t post any photos for my garage sale. I meant to post a picture of all the lawn & garden equipment we were selling (because there was a lot of it, and they’re rather unique larger items), but I just never got around to it. I’m sure photos might help your yard sale online ad a little bit (they surely couldn’t hurt), but I don’t know that photos matter that much to the success of your sale.
TIP: If you’re going to post photos, I would encourage you to post individual photos of your biggest/best items, rather than posting pictures of “stuff on tables” that will be for sale. People care more about the details of your individual items than about all the “junk” you’ve got on crowded tables.
#3 – YardSales.net
It’s nice to have your yard sale listed here because this site specializes in preparing unique driving routes for yard salers — making it easy for them to bounce from one garage sale to the next one.
#4 – Yard Sale Search
This is a basic garage sale search tool that everyone uses before heading out for a day of yardsaling. It shows your potential buyers all the most common things like a neighborhood map view and a listing of items that you’ve got for sale.
#5 – Garage Sale Finder
I can’t imagine how many yard sale shoppers actually use this feature, but this site offers the unique ability to download garage sales into your own personal GPS device, such as Garmin, Magellan, or TomTom.
#6 – GarageSales.com
This site showed the fewest results for garage sales in my area, so I know it’s the least popular of all the sites listed here. But since it was quick and easy to post my own yard sale there, I figured it couldn’t hurt to have my sale listed on one more site.
Again, I posted my yard sale in all 6 of these locations. My garage sale was, indeed, successful!
How To Write A Yard Sale Online Ad
It’s important to say things the right way when you’re writing a yard sale ad.
Some quick tips:
- Don’t use all CAPS in your online ads.
- If possible, double-space between each item you list in your yard sale ad. The end result is a long list of individual items, rather than a long paragraph of items run together.
- Give your garage sale ad a catchy headline. Here are a bunch of yard sale headlines to help you think of a creative headline for your own yard sale ad.
- Don’t list everything that you’re selling — just the most expensive, popular, and well-known items that will catch peoples’ attention. While collectibles typically don’t sell well at garage sales… if you’re very specific about the collectibles you’re selling in your ad, then you are more likely to get some people who actually collect those items at your yard sale.
This is the copy I used when I posted my yard sale online at each of the 6 sites:
Huge neighborhood yard sale!
Lawn & garden equipment, Harley-Davidson motorcycle gear, Automotive, Electronics & gadgets, Computer equipment & software, Sports memorabilia, Camping gear, NEW Photography equipment, Household items & Home decor, Dog stuff, Books, DVD movies, Music CDs, NEW Halloween costumes, NEW Winter coats, Oreck vacuum, Sony TV & DVD players, Stereo equipment, and LOTS of items priced $1 or less!
When: (date and time)
Where: (address with pertinent turns indicated, or popular landmarks noted)
When To Post Your Yard Sale Online Ads
Personally, I waited until 3 days before my yard sale (which was on Saturday, October 18th).
But most sites let you post your garage sale online as far as 2 months before your actual yard sale date.
Must read: The Best Days & Times To Have A Yard Sale
There was no particular strategy involved in when I chose to post my sale online, other than the fact that I wasn’t organized enough until then to be able to group the types of items I was going to sell — and know exactly which large items I should highlight in the ad — until a couple days before the sale.
I knew about 2 weeks ahead of time what my actual yard sale date was going to be, so it’s true that I might have been able to generate a little more traffic if people would have seen my sale listed that early.
While serious yard salers plan their shopping weekends and watch for new garage sales to show up months in advance, the majority of garage sale shoppers probably wait until the week of the yard sale date to search for yard sales online. That way, they have a better idea of the weather is going to be like, and what other things are on their agenda for that weekend.
That said, one good reason to post your yard sale online earlier rather than later is to influence fellow garage sale hosts when they’re trying to decide on a date to have their own sale. Most of us want to have our yard sale on the same day that there are lots of others going on in the area — that way shoppers feel that it’s worth their while to drive to this end of town to do some shopping.
Finally, it’s pretty cool when it’s weeks before your garage sale and your listing is the only one that shows up on these online sites — simply because you chose to post your yard sale online early.
So my best advice?
If you happen to know your yard sale date way in advance, then by all means, post it early! You can always edit it if you change any of the details of your sale.
More Tips For Posting Your Yard Sale Online
- Even more great yard sale tips can be found in my best yard sale articles.
- Helpful garage sale tips from others are saved on my Pinterest Yard Sale board.