How to Make Cheap, Easy and Wind-Proof Garage Sale SignsPosted by MeckMom on Jun 18, 2010 in Popular Posts: Free Printables | 15 comments
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