How to Advertise for Your Yard Sale


Great advertising is an important part of the success of your yard sale. Advertising ensures your sale attracts many customers and is a more profitable experience. Read on to learn how to advertise for your yard sale.

Things You'll Need

  • Markers
  • Poster board
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Push pins
  • Phone
  • If your area has a local bulletin board, take advantage of it. Ads are generally free to place and can be read by thousands of people. Write out your ad before you call, they usually time your ad, giving you perhaps a minute or so to speak your ad. Make sure you list the types of items your selling, as well as when and where the sale will take place.

  • Make signs. Be creative with these signs. Brightly colored markers on a white background will show best and get peoples attention. Make sure your sign clearly states when and where the sale will take place. Place the signs strategically. Phone poles are great, (make sure you check local laws and take them down when your done.) Grocery stores will sometimes allow you to hang them in their stores. Don't be afraid to ask.

  • Keep in mind that word-of-mouth is pretty powerful. Make sure you tell friends and family that will spread the word for you that you are having a yard sale. Lots of people look for sales and will tell other people for you.

  • If you want to splurge, you can place a newspaper ad. Rates on this will vary, but the price may be worth it for the customers it will bring you. Again, make sure the time and location of the sale are clearly stated in your ad.

  • The day of your sale, consider hanging some balloons. This will help people who are unfamiliar with your location find you easier. Signs with arrows leading to you strategically placed on nearby trees can help people find you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check to see if any necessary permits are needed to host a yard sale in your area.
  • Serving beverages on a hot day may help customers hang around longer.

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