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Thread: Garage/Yard/Rummage Sale Suggestions

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    Garage/Yard/Rummage Sale Suggestions

    I know there are people that plan their shopping ahead of time - but I am one usually 'follows the arrows'

    * Have your signs LEGIBLE from a distance - In fact, have a BIG arrow - with the point really big - at the top of the sign. I have trouble seeing/reading signs from a distance. (Although my DH who can spot an airplane at 5000 feet NEVER seems to be able to even SEE a garage sale sign!) An address is okay to put on the sign, but it's not the first thing I want to see.

    I usually am unfamiliar with the area that I'm in - so an address is totally meaningless to me. And a two inch arrow at the very bottom of a cluttered sign with half-inch high pointer is worthless. By the time I figured out where I should have gone - I've missed the intersection, or I'm in the wrong lane.

    * I like the idea of a given sale having the 'same' signs all the way to the sale stage.

    * If your location is in a place with a lot of y-streets - arrows pointing the way are very helpful.

    * Put a clear plastic bag over the sign if it's been rainy. Also, try to use two posts so that the wind won't blow it away or twist the sign.

    * I have heard of people taking signs down - so if you can - check on your signs once in a while to make sure they are still there.

    * Have your stuff clean and displayed neatly. Unless you are willing to let the stuff go very cheaply. I am willing to pay more for clean stuff than dirty stuff.

    * Have things marked. If you are planning to have a drastic reduction on the last day, perhaps a sign indicating that would be helpful.

    * If you are going to allow early birds to shop - maybe charge them more? I feel cheated when the ad says the hours are 8 - 4, I get there at 7:30 and I see people leaving the sale with bags and bags in their hands.

    * It's also helpful to have similar things grouped together - craft stuff together, puzzles/games together, etc.

    * If possible, have clothes hanging up - and not overly crowded. It's more fun to look if I can actually see the garment without several of them coming out with the one I want to see. It will also mean less refolding of garments for the seller!

    *Try not to have things where people will trip over them or hit their heads on them.

    * Acknowledge a potential buyer when he/she shows up.

    *Take the signs down when the sale is over! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
    Last edited by bearisgray; 07-14-2013 at 02:21 PM.

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    Super Member chips88's Avatar
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    amen to all the above..

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    Super Member valleyquiltermo's Avatar
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    Very good advice
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    and do what you can for others.

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    Great advice! I don't shop garage sales anymore (trying to clean out house for selling next year) but, when I did, all of those suggestions would have helped me buy more!

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    Super Member SherriB's Avatar
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    We had a successful yard sale a few weeks ago and uses many of those suggestions. One that I think is most important is please take down your signs when your sale is over.

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    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
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    Great advice!

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    Super Member jeaninmaine's Avatar
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    I agree with all of your suggestions but do like to see a street address so if worse comes to worse I can plug it into the GPS.

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    Junior Member nonda's Avatar
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    and PLEASE, put your signs on the side of the road where you need to turn! My pet peeve is seeing a garage sale sign from a distance, getting in the lane to turn and the danged sale being the other direction!!!!!!

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    Super Member quiltinghere's Avatar
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    All of those are GREAT suggestions! like arrows, cleanliness, prices, hours and ESPECIALLY the second to the last, ACKNOWLEDGE the people showing up to your sale. I can't believe the number of times, *I'M* the one saying 'hello' first...while they sit there and talk on the phone.

    I'll add - how about a 'Thank You' or "Thanks for stopping" - whether or not I buy.

    My GOAL is to ALWAYS ENJOY EVERY STEP of the quilting process....

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    When I refused to allow a man to shop at a garage sale until the posted time, he tried to run over me!!!

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