Friday, May 31, 2013

Would A Sign Help ?

Today was the first day of our HOA Community Garage Sale.  We have been in our house three years now, but this is the first time that we've decided to actually participate in this theoretically busy weekend of selling our no-longer-wanted stuff to people who might actually want it now.

This is not, however, our first garage sale.

One thing that has always bothered me about garage sales is that people always ask "how much for this?"  So I had what I thought was a brilliant idea ... why not post a HUGE sign that tells everyone that everything is the same price?
This will eliminate that question being asked an unnecessary amount of times, and actually may get people to stop, look at, and actually leave with some of our crap ... er, stuff.

So here's a picture of the 15 foot wide and 3 feet tall sign I spray painted for our garage sale.  It only took me about 15 minutes and I had plenty of leftover spray paint (from years of making pinewood derby cars) to use.

The verdict?  50/50 success rate.

According to my awesome wife, this big sign (coupled with about a dozen signs strategically placed all around high traffic areas in the HOA community) DID generate some serious traffic to our garage sale.  Our neighbor said it is the busiest she has ever seen anyone's house be for a garage sale.  You don't know her, but that's saying a lot!
But ... people still asked "How much?" almost every time they were considering a purchase.  I had even made a separate sign indicating the 5 things that were NOT for just $1 (couch, ping pong and foosball tables, etc.)

Overall ... we sold significantly more stuff than at any previous garage sale, which was my main goal because I do NOT like having to store stuff we no longer want.

Song Of The Day:
It's time to go back to the 80's and enjoy some Terence Trent D'arby with "Sign Your Name"  It sure seemed like he would have a long career in music but, unfortunately, this remains his one big hit.


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