|Make your yard sale signs legible!I cannot make this any more clear. You MUST be able to read the writing on yard sale signs from a moving car from at least 30-50 yards away, or else your signs are worthless. Do you think the average person can read thin ink writing on a standard piece of notebook paper from a moving car? Heck no. So why do so many yard sale hosts make their signs like that?
Your sign should be a minimum of 12 x 18″, and you should make them larger, if possible. Just be careful about making them TOO large, as over-sized signs can be easily folded over by the wind. Some municipalities and areas also limit the size of signs – I have seen 2 x 2′, or 4′ square requirements.
Check your cities laws before making your signs.
The print on the sign is also important. The lettering on the sign should be in legible BLOCK LETTERING, and should be BLACK, not multi-colored. Black writing is the easiest to read. You should use the largest marker that you can find, or flat black paint. The background should be a light color, so that the black writing contrasts.
Put only the information that is necessary to get people to your sale on your signs, no distracting drawings or writing. Anything that takes people’s eyes away from how to get to your sale is unnecessary. Balloons and streamers are also extraneous.
Garage sale signs must relay ONLY THREE IMPORTANT DETAILS:
- Your Street Address
- Time and Days that Your Sale is Open
- What Kind of Sale is it?
Make sure that your days and time are large enough to be read from a distance. Do not make ‘garage sale’ huge, and the rest of the information tiny. You also want to make sure that your letters are not smashed together, making them difficult to read. Don’t use dates, so that you can reuse your signs in future years.