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How To Advertise Your Moving Sale

Writing and placing the moving sale ad.

What to put in your ad:
When you advertise your sale, make clear the date, time, and street address. If the weather forecast looks iffy, specify a rain date. Describe popular items such as furniture, appliances, tools and electronics. You might include a phone number so people can call for more information or to get directions.

Family shopping at a moving sale they found with yard sale ads

Where you should advertise your moving sale:

  • Local newspaper. Consider running your ad in the local newspaper and online classifieds. Generally, the more words in an ad, the more it costs to run. Ask about the cost to run Friday and Saturday vs Saturday only. Be aware of submission deadlines, which can be several days in advance of publication.
  • Online classifieds. You might take advantage of free online classifieds such as yardsales.net, yardsalesearch.com, and garagesalefinder.com. They are all free to advertise and will generate a map for buyers to find you easily. You can still use Craigslist, but it's very hard to get noticed with the volume of listings they receive every minute.
  • Flyers. Put flyers around the neighborhood. Print Moving Sale in large letters with the date, time, and address. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce about requirements for signs and posters. If allowed, place them in high-traffic areas with arrows and directions on sale day.
  • Social Media. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are great place to advertise your moving sale. They’re really useful during your event. When Tweeting, use your city name as a hash tag, for example: #MovingSale going on in #Charlotte today! Message me for details. Tweet about a big item that just sold, those frosty drinks in the cooler, or the beautiful weather.
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