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15 Funny Garage Sale Memes for Your Next Yard Sale

Use these funny garage sale memes to spread the word about your next yard sale. You have permission to use these images to advertise your garage sale. You don’t need to mention Alan’s Factory Outlet if you use one of these memes, but if you want to say “thank you,” you can link back to this page.

Garage Sale Meme

Yard Sale Meme

Sad Meme

His Stuff Meme

Her Stuff Meme

Worn Out Meme

Puppet Meme

Amazing Meme

Bargain Meme

Rescue Meme

Money Meme

Toy Meme

Hurry Meme

Husband Meme

Curbside Memes

Tips for Garage Sale Success

1. Employ Creative Garage Sale Advertising

When it comes to garage sales, the name of the game is attracting as much attention as possible. The more people you can attract to your garage sale, the better your chances are of selling your items. Consequently, one of the most important steps of garage sale preparation is advertising your sale.

Try announcing your sale in a local Facebook group. Use one of our garage sale memes to spread the word, along with photos of your sale.

I suggest you go big and colorful on your garage sale advertising. Post your signs in places where many people travel. Make sure that all of your printing is clear and readable. Along with your address and the date of the sale, you may want to include a few of the highlights. An antique chair, a dog house, brand name children’s clothing, toys and video games are all examples of items that grab people’s attention. I recommend that you make your garage sale advertising unique and funny so it will make a lasting impression.

2. Pretend You Own a Store

Garage sale preparation can be more fun if you pretend like your garage storage space is a retail store. For instance, if you have lots of men’s and women’s clothing, put items in their own area of the garage. Also, arrange the items according to color. Put all of the red items together, all of the green ones together, etc. This makes for a neat and organized display. Create a special table for kid’s toys, video games and books. You can even hang signs over each area so people will think they are shopping in a department store!

3. Highlight Your Most Appealing Items

If you have an item that will attract a lot of attention, put it in a prominent place. For instance, if you have an antique loveseat with a beautiful cushion, put it out where shoppers will see it right away. Attach a balloon or streamers to it if necessary. A person may stop at your sale to look at the loveseat, and then proceed to browse through your other items.

4. Price Everything in a Clear Way

One of the best garage sale tips I can give you is to make sure everything has a price tag. Now, just because there is a price on something doesn’t mean a shopper won’t try to bargain with you. I suggest you bargain with people unless you really believe the item is worth the price you put on it. Keep in mind your goal of reclaiming your storage space.

5. Make Up Some Fun Item Descriptions

I think that people like seeing creative signs on items in a garage sale. For example, if you have a huge fluffy Saint Bernard stuffed animal with sad eyes you can hang a sign on it that reads, ‘Needs a new home. Doesn’t eat much.’ Or, if you have a collection of cookware for sale you could make a sign that reads, ‘Cookware Perfect for the Queen of Cuisine!’ Imaginative signs can get people to take a second look at your items and bring you a step closer to an uncluttered storage space.

6. Dress Up a Mannequin and Put It Out Front

If you have a lot of clothing in your sale, you may want to dress a mannequin in a stylish outfit and put him or her out front. This can get more attention for your sale and prompt people to pull in for a look. For additional effect, hang a sign around the mannequin’s neck advertising any name brand clothing you have in your sale.

7. Have Refreshments and a Table for Little Kids

Refreshments such as lemonade, cookies and chips are a fun addition to a sale. You can even make a few more dollars by selling these to visitors. If it’s a hot morning, you may consider having water available for free to keep people from leaving early because of the heat.

Oftentimes, moms bring their kids with them when they visit garage sales. I suggest putting up a kid’s table with toys and puzzles on it that will entertain little ones. Keeping kids busy will give their moms more time to browse your sale.

After your sale is over, I suggest that you give any unsold items to a local charity such as Goodwill. These leftover items may be of use to others and giving them away stops you from pushing them back into your garage. 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing a Garage Sale

Garage sales can be an effective way to make extra money by selling your unwanted items. They can also be used as a way to bring a neighborhood together by creating a project that would benefit everyone. Before you put the product out in your driveway, there are some garage sale tips you should know if you want to make your garage sales a success. Since you plan on dedicating your entire weekend to selling some of your possessions, you should put in the effort to generate business. Follow these garage sale tips to have a sale that is financially rewarding and a lot of fun.

Step 1: Prepare Your Products

One of the most difficult things for some people to admit is that some of their possessions are simply junk. You cannot sell items that are broken, damaged, or stained in any way. If the item cannot be cleaned and restored, then it will not sell. Take the time to put together an inventory of items that will attract interest from people driving by. Clean up all of your products and repair any damage. Another good tip is to make sure that the items are actually available for your yard sale: Just because you want to sell your children’s old toys does not mean that they will always agree with you.

Step 2: Make Your Sale Look Appealing

Clean up your driveway, mow your yard, and do anything else you have to do to make your home look welcoming. Clean out your garage, and try to cover up any of the items that are not for sale with tarps or sheets. If you do not have outdoor tables, then make some out of whatever materials you have. If you are improvising tables with plywood and cement blocks, then cover them with something to make them look nice. Open the windows in your garage to let in as much natural light as possible, and do not block the garage entrance with your shelves and tables. Put up some balloons and maybe a few party streamers to let people know that something special is happening and they are welcome to come check it out.

Step 3: Price Your Products

Put price tags on all of your products. If you have products that can be grouped together, such as a set of tea cups, then indicate that the price is for the entire set. Use the Internet and auction websites to set fair prices, but always be prepared to negotiate with customers: If you were originally going to throw an item away, then getting some money for it is better than nothing. Most customers will try to negotiate with you, but you can reduce the haggling by putting clear price tags out with fair prices.

Step 4: Advertise

Your garage sale will benefit from print, internet, and word-of-mouth advertising. Most local newspapers have a section in the classifieds where people can list their upcoming garage sales. That is a section of your local newspaper that still gets used extensively, and you need to utilize it for your garage sale. Use your social networking pages and message boards to get the word out as well. Do some research and find websites that reach your local area, then put up announcements at least two weeks in advance. You need to print up flyers that are easy to read and visually appealing no less than two weeks prior to your garage sale and distribute them around town. Check out the local supermarkets and libraries, as they often have message boards where you can post your flyer. Walk around your neighborhood and hand out flyers door to door. Find out if it is legal to post flyers on light and telephone poles in your town: If it is legal, then post flyers over at least a one-mile radius.

Step 5: Bring the Customers to You

The day of your garage sale, post signs around the area with arrows pointing toward your home. This will help people who are out looking for garage sales to be able to find your house more easily. Put a large sandwich board at the end of your driveway letting everyone know that you are having a garage sale. Make sure that the sandwich board is easy to see from the road, and also make sure that it is not violating any local zoning laws.

Step 6: Donate the Items That Do Not Sell

Make arrangements with a local charitable organization to donate the items that do not sell when your garage sale is over. You may not get any cash for those items, but you will be able to get a receipt that you can use for a deduction on your taxes.

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Alan Bernau Jr

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

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