I just wanted to share a little tactic I do when I’ve planned & set a date for a yard sale. After I get a permit (yes, many towns require you to buy a permit for a yard sale…that’s not to say they’ll necessarily enforce the fine they have on the books if you don’t, but for $5, I’ll abide) a couple of days before the sale, I put a sign like this at the end of my driveway:
(Take note, all the items that make the sign & display prop, were of course, trashpicked….)
I’m surprised that more people don’t put up a pre-sale sign. The street I live on is a cut-through street between two larger roads, so this gives our sale a lot of extra exposure. Although we’re not real chatty with our neighbors, I’m guessing a few of them also appreciate the ‘notice’ so they can put cones at the end of their driveway or plan their parking accordingly. Our sales generate a lot of traffic!
In an amazing stroke of non-brilliance, I somehow convinced myself I didn’t need to put signs up at the usual places since there were a few other yard sales on my street that day. I went on the word of two of my friends who came over to sell stuff also, but completely forgot they don’t see promotion the way I do. Sure, there were signs at the end of my road, but there are two other major intersections where I always put up signage & when we drove by them early the next day, there weren’t any signs up (and I KNOW, people rarely take their signs down the same day they had their sale – I do of course!) Needless to say, that won’t happen again….