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« on: June 18, 2019 05:28:42 AM »

Iím having a garage sale in a few weeks. Any crafty tips on how to make it a spectacular experience for shoppers, or more successful in general?

For example, Iím thinking of hanging a gigantic bunting-type banner between the 2 upstairs windows of my house.

UPDATE: sale complete! And I did do the gigantic sign across the house:

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2019 06:54:01 AM »

So I thought Iíd share how I made the banner, and a few other fun things we did to make our sale distinctive.

First, the banner. Each letter (cut from wrapping paper or bulletin-board paper) is glued on a sheet of posterboard. The tops of the posterboard have been rolled over wrapping paper tubes and held in place with white duct tape. String them together with a strong cord or thick yarn or thin rope  (you need to be able to close the window with the cord in place). Make sure the cord is much longer than the distance between the windows.

Now the tricky part: hanging it. Itís a two-person job. We decided to hang the banner from the UPPER part of the window. Tie a weight to the end of the cord. It needs to be heavy enough to carry the cord across the gap, but also soft so you donít risk breaking a window. We used a tennis ball. You also need a long stick, like a broom handle. Person A tosses the ball out one window, and Person B holds the stick out the second window to catch it. (Obviously, safety first so no one falls out a window!! Donít lean on the windows at all.)  Make very sure the letters will wind up in the right order and facing the right direction when you are done.

Other things we did to make our sale stand out:
We played upbeat music (all unusual stuff like anime music, etc.)
We had fun, colorful tablecloths and coordinated signage.
It was a super-hot weekend, so we sold bottled ice water for 50 cents.
We invited the neighbors to participate and then advertised it as a neighborhood sale.
Our street signs were circular to catch more attention.

It was a smashing success; we made about $600! And more importantly, cleared a lot of stuff out of the house. Nothing came back into the house; whatever didnít sell, we donated.

We are exhausted but glad we did it!

Improbable Bird Lady YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/tqHw31kMEsU
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