Garage Sale Signs

It’s Garage Sale time and the last thing you want to do is spend the big bucks on Garage Sale Signs. After all, who wants to eat up the profit before it’s even there?

The trick is to create garage sale signs you can use year after year after year. This makes a small initial investment really pay off!

The trick is to create garage sale signs you can use year after year after year. This makes a small initial investment really pay off!

Garage Sale Sign Supplies

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Poster Board

Pick two attention grabbing colors! We used poster board that was neon pink on one side and neon yellow on the other just like this poster board. You can easily find poster board at Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, or even The Dollar Tree.

Sharpie Chisel Tip Permanent Markers or Sharpie Magnum Permanent Marker

I’ve used the Sharpie Chisel Tip Permanent Markers but would love to try out the Sharpie Magnum Permanent Marker the next time we need to refresh our signs.

Heavy Duty Staple Gun

You may already have one! If not, you’ll find a staple gun is useful for so many things. Use it to staple your beautiful signs onto A-Boards and street signs. Just remember not to staple or nail anything on telephone poles. Those pole climbers will thank you for it!


A-Boards can be a big investment but they are super duper effective! It’s best to have an A-Board at each turn from the main road. Learn How To Make A-Board Signs.

How To Create Garage Sale Signs

Keep It Simple

The less wordy, the better! Potential customers need the basics and they need them fast as they drive by.

Sample Wording:

Garage Sale Signs

Use Two Contrasting Colors

Our signs originally  had a date on them. We quickly changed that by covering it in a contrasting color with TODAY! Now we have signs that can’t be missed!

Garage Sale Signs

Ordinarily, we use a full sheet of poster board on each side of our A-Boards and half sheets for street signs.

Where To Put Garage Sale Signs

A-Boards are used at each turn. Half sheet poster board signs can be stapled to street signs to encourage customers along the way and to assure them they are headed in the right direction.

Tip: If your sale is close to a main road, you can boast ‘3 Blocks’ (or whatever it is) on the bottom of your sign and you’re certain to compel more people to stop in!

When To Put Garage Sale Signs Out

To prevent mischievous behavior, it’s a good idea to put the A-Board signs out right before the sale and pick them up after. You don’t want to have them disappear because you left them out all night.

Sure our garage sale signs have gotten tattered over the years but they still do a great job bringing in customers! The Sharpie ink has even weathered quite well considering we live in the Seattle area.

A small investment in garage sale signs will keep the customers coming not only this year, but for many more sales to come!

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7 comments… add one
  • Christina @ Embracing Simple May 13, 2015, 9:03 am

    Nice tips for those about to partake in some garage sale setting up! Something you can keep on reusing year after year would definitely keep the costs of running a garage sale down! 🙂

  • kay ~ May 13, 2015, 9:14 am

    You even make posts about garage sale signs fun. You are amazing, Jayleen! 😀

  • How Do The Jones Do It May 13, 2015, 11:15 am

    It is super helpful to just pull out those signs and put them on the road! The initial investment of time and money is totally worth it if you plan on having garage sales every year!

  • How Do The Jones Do It May 13, 2015, 11:16 am

    TeeHee! I try, Kay;0)

  • Kirsten May 14, 2015, 2:59 am

    we really need to do a garage sale in the next month and … Your post kinda made me hyperventilate. So. Much. To. Do. But i never would have thought of the a-frame board without your post. Is often here, people try to put poster board on a stake that goes in th ground. And it’s generally very windy, so you see the sign, but it’s all wadded up and you can’t tell where the sale is really happening!

  • How Do The Jones Do It May 14, 2015, 9:25 am

    You got this, Kirsten! I’ve also heard people will use big boxes with rocks in them to weigh them down as signs. Signage is so important! I’ve been seeing a bunch of ‘Parks Sale’ signs in our neck of the woods. I’d never heard of a ‘Park Sale’. Is it at a park?! Which park?! When?! Where’s the arrows to show me where?! The information just isn’t there. Don’t forget the arrows;0)

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