One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Do you have a lot of junk you want to get rid of before moving? Or do you want to make some space in your house while making a few bucks?
A garage sale will solve all your problems, but how do you attract potential customers? It’s really quite simple: Make a flyer!
Step 1. Flyer specs.
The first thing you want to do is figure out how large your garage sale flyer will be. The 8.5” x 11” format is the most popular and it’s very versatile – not too big or too small.
Step 2. Graphics.
For this kind of flyer, you don’t need sophisticated graphics. In fact, the majority of garage sale flyers don’t include graphics at all.
However, if you want to make an impression, adding some graphics will definitely help.
Use simple concepts. Don’t go for anything overcomplicated, but make sure your flyer’s details are eye-catching.
Step 3. Be brief.
Most people won’t take the time to read an extensive description, so you don’t have to write more than a few lines. And don’t forget to add the location and time of the event.
You can also include some basic contact details, such as a phone number or email, just in the case someone gets lost or wants to get in touch.
Step 4. Make it big and bold.
You can create your flyer both in color and in black and white. Black and white will be less expensive, but color will be more attractive and easier to notice, especially if you plan to attach the flyer around town.
Give your text the bold treatment and make it large! Don’t be afraid to use bright colors and rely on contrasts between text and graphics with your background.
Tip: Keep the flyer uncluttered for good readability.
Step 5. Printing.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on printing – investing a lot a flyer would defy the purpose of the garage sale! You can comfortably print your flyers at home, especially if you have a good inkjet printer.
Pick a matte white paper that is compatible with your printer. I don’t recommend using glossy paper because of its high reflectivity, which could make it hard to read from a distance.
Before printing the final flyer, take the time to test your printer’s settings. You don’t have to print thousands of copies either – just enough to distribute.
The sale has begun!
Now you’re ready for your garage sale, and all you have to do is to welcome your visitors!
Edited in Photoshop CS5. Retro clip art via The Graphics Fairy.