Your garage or yard sale sign does not need to be elaborate in order to be effective. In fact, you should strive to keep it simple yet appealing. Avoid making a sign that is so busy with graphics and words that someone driving past is unsure what the sign is announcing. Aim for a sign that catches the eyes of potential shoppers, whether with bright colors, a striking font or attention-grabbing text. In addition, never underestimate the power of proper spelling. If you are not 100 percent sure about how a word is spelled, look it up.
Create a sign that states clearly and simply the what, where and when of your sale. If there is a why, or a reason for your sale --such as a fundraiser for school or you are moving and must get rid of these items-- including this information might be helpful as well. Shoppers might believe they can get some great deals if "everything must go," and passersby who might not otherwise stop may change their minds when they see that the proceeds benefit a good cause.
The materials on which you print and post your sign are also important. Printing on heavy card stock is a good idea, and laminating the final product will make the signs even sturdier. Brightly colored paper works well, too, provided your sign is not already too busy.
Be conscientious when hanging your garage or yard sale signs. Check with your local government office to learn about any ordinances that might prohibit you from posting signs. Once you determine where and how you can hang them, position the signs strategically. If you use arrows on your publication, ensure that they are pointing in the right direction when you hang the sign. Affixing them to boxes weighted down with rocks will prevent them from blowing away.
Finally, remember where you posted all of your signs and then be courteous enough to remove them following the sale.
Following are several garage sale sign templates that you can download to customize and print in Word or Publisher. To download a template, click on the Download Page link in the Resources and References section at the end of the article.