Do’s and Dont’s of Posting a Garage Sale Ad

Do’s and Dont’s of Posting a Garage Sale Ad

You may have noticed the “Garage Sale Finder” on the sidebar which maps out some of the Garage Sales we find listed on While it is not a comprehensive mapper, you can still get a good idea of what’s going on in your neighborhood.

However, some garage salers don’t make it easy to gather information. There are lots of ads that do not clearly list a date or a general scope of the type of items they are selling. So if you want to hold a successful garage sale, here are some tips to help bring more people to your garage sale.

It starts with the listing…

  • Do set a clear date and time. “This weekend” may confuse shoppers who look late in the week and they might show up the following weekend. Be clear with your dates and times, especially when posting a week or two in advance.
  • Do include your address or cross streets. People will look past your ad if they don’t know which neighborhood you’re in.
  • Don’t post complex directions that only you understand. E.g. Head west on Main St. Left three blocks down, another Right at the McDonalds… Although it may be clear to you, it might actually confuse someone else. If you’ve indicated an address or cross streets, posting good signs will help guide their way.
  • Do list prices for bulk deals. E.g. 3 for $5 books, $2 bags of small toys, etc.

  • Do list price cuts for closing hour clearances. E.g. everything for $1, $1 bags of clothing, etc.
  • Don’t shoo-away early birds. Those are usually the best buyers. If you don’t want to start until 8:30, list your garage sale half an hour later but be prepared at 8:30am for some of those early birds. Those are usually the savviest buyers who want to find the best items.
  • Do include some pictures of some of your most appealing “curbside” items.
  • Do list specific sizes for any clothing you have available for sale.
  • Don’t hold a garage sale on a holiday weekend. Many people travel out of town for long weekends like President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

Bonus tip: Plan your garage sale on the first weekend of the month to attract buyers who have received their paychecks on the 1st.

You can post a free ad for your garage sale on to attract more buyers.

Photo via yaffamedia.

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