So I started thinking about how to make this multi-family sale a success and started by considering our last courtyard sale and everything that went wrong. Last, time. our biggest mistake was that our signs werenâ€™t big enough or outstanding enoughâ€” effective enough. With that in mind I Googled yard sale signs and the first match was Vista Print. Already a very satisfied Vista Print customerâ€”they had done an exceptional job on my business cardsâ€”I wanted to see what was available. I came, I saw, I ordered the classiest, most memorable signs Iâ€™ve ever seen:
Hereâ€™s how we capitalized on those gorgeous signs. Youâ€™ll notice that the signs donâ€™t have a date on them. Thatâ€™s so when any one of the members of our association wants to have a courtyard sale, they can reuse them. The big 27 x 18-in. signs are corrugated plastic so theyâ€™re weather-resistant and, as long as we store them properly, should be ready for our use anytime. Two families are already planning a September childrenâ€™s clothing sale!
The signs were so classy, we gave them an added sales boost with a bomb burst:
I ordered 6 signs printed on both sides with wire stands and hoped for a stampede. We werenâ€™t disappointed!
Our first sale was at 8:00 amâ€”two full hours before we were officially open for business. By 9:30 am, I had already sold the most expensive item any of us had for sale and the traffic kept coming all day.
But that wasnâ€™t the half of it. One of our resident merchants made delicious, healthy cookies. Another brought out his guitar and regaled us with song.
Most of all, it was a good time to get to know our neighbors, share a good time and help each other out. If someone had to leave, we sold their stuff for them. Or helped carry clumsy items out or to a customerâ€™s car. One person even used our powder room to try on my then-absent neighborâ€™s skirt.
And we had some of the most interesting customers! One women (of the many who told us our signs were gorgeous) was so interested in our books, I felt she and I must have the same taste in reading. So I asked what she was looking for and found about twenty books upstairs that I thought she might like. She bought almost all of them! While she was looking, we also struck up a conversation with the man would was hard at work on our selection of LPs. I found a book for him, too. He bought several LPs and the book.
It didnâ€™t hurt that we had a perfect day and that are on a fantastic corner. Hereâ€™s how the families rated their sales success:
â€śWithout this sale, we wouldnâ€™t have gotten organized. We cleared out a lot.â€ť
â€śWe cleared out a lot of clutter and had a really fun day.â€ť
â€śI was surprised by the selectivity and professionalism of the early shoppers. They must be dealers.â€ť
â€śIt was a great way for the neighbors to get together.â€ť
Now, just by reading this article, you can profit from our courtyard sale! Go to www.VistaPrint.com, and click on the link provided, (www.vistaprint.com/chicagosplash). You'll be transferred to the Vistaprint page, where you'll even find some offers at better than 25% off!