How to Make Cheap, Easy and Wind-Proof Garage Sale Signs

I love hosting a good garage sale.  It’s a great excuse to give in to my compulsive purging habits.  A few weeks ago when we were planning our annual summer garage sale I did all the usual stuff.  I posted the sale on Craig’s List and listed it on eBay’s classifieds but what we really needed was a few great signs to pull in street traffic.  I ran to WalMart to pick up the standard plastic signs but couldn’t believe how expensive they were.  $4 for a cheap little yard sign?  Are you kidding?  I needed at least 4 or 5 signs to get the traffic from the main road to my house so I opted to skip the pricey yard signs and make my own.  This is what I came up with.

Granted, they weren’t fancy, but they were double-sided, wind-proof, easy to spot from the road and nearly free.  In other words, the perfect garage sale traffic grabbers.  Want to make one?  Here are the basic steps…

Step 1: Grab a pack of fourescent paper (I found mine for a few bucks at WalMart)

Step 2: Print and cut out the elements of the garage sale sign printable.   You can find it at the end of this post.  You may want to add your street address to the arrows with a black sharpie (I smudged our address out of these pictures – that’s why the arrows look weird).

Step 3: Find a tall, narrow box of some kind (I used a priority mail box that my son had colored, a few other Sam’s Club grocery boxes I had in my pantry).  Add a few heavy items to the bottom of the box to weigh it down and prevent it from tipping in the wind.  I used landscaping bricks because we had a few stashed in the garage but soup cans or hand weights would work too.

Step 4: Use duct tape to seal the top of the box and attach the signs to the front and back of the box (be sure the arrows point the same direction).

That’s it.  See?  I told you they were easy.  Now just drop one at each of the intersections leading up to your house and you’ll be all set to make the big bucks.  Doesn’t that beat spending $20 on tiny plastic signs?  I thought so too.  Happy garage sale-ing!  Just thought I’d pass it on.

Download: Garage Sale Sign


24 Comments

  1. You have great timing. We are having a garage sale tomorrow! I am thinking this will come in handy! Thanks!!

  2. Just a note that using a priority mail box for this is actually illegal.

  3. illegal? there’s no state or federal law regulating the use of postal-service supplied boxes (or fed-ex boxes). post-office (and fed-ex/UPS) “policy” (not law) guides them to not ship in another carrier’s box, but there’s nothing illegal about repurposing the box.

  4. Heather

    I loved your idea, here’s my spin on cheap yard sale signs. Those wonderful election yard signs that local politicans love to put in your yard during elections? Save them. Once the election is over simply stash them in your garage or shed for future use. Face it, once the elections are over, they don’t want them back. When you are ready for your yard sale all you need is poster board & a stapler. Decorate two posters per yard sign. Sandwich the election sign between your posters and staple the poster board around the edges. Because these signs already have the metal stakes in them they are perfect recycle to use as yard sale signs! Or to use as signs to identify your house as the location of a party, announce a big birthday on your street etc!

    • I use those too. I also wrap my sign in clear contact paper (slit at the bottom so it slides over election sign) so I can use it over and over. I don’t put a date, just what days of the week the sale is.

  5. Those are good tips on how to make a sign yourself! However, creating your own yard signs for sales and similar events may not be ideal if you’re pressed for time. If this is the case, having your own lawn signs customized by professionals may be a better option for you.

  6. Hi,
    Wonderful site. I am planning a garage sale, and loved all of your suggestions. I’ve been especially stymied about signs, and I’m not
    really a computer nerd. Is there a way to download the elements of your signs and change the date?? How does one do this. Sorry if I
    seem ignorant. Perhaps you were just offering them as samples.
    It would be fantastic if you could reply to my e-mail address as cited above. Thanks so much!!

  7. Thanks for the great tip! I’m having a garage sale in July and was just looking for signs online. A great (and much cheaper) way to go!

  8. I tried this and they did not work =( Thought it sounded like a good idea. Maybe for within a subdivision but placing by intersections did not work! I was sooo bummed…and stressed out!

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