If you’ve ever had a garage sale, you know how frustrating it can be when a windy day undoes all your sign hanging and staking efforts. This inexpensive hack turns empty cardboard boxes into weighted garage sale signs.
You want garage sale signs that are sturdy, cheap and won’t blow over in the wind. Rather than investing in high quality signs — which would be rather counterintuitive to the whole idea of using a garage sale to make extra money — this DIY project repurposes empty boxes and bricks to make nearly windproof signs. They built a set of them over at the parenting and family blog MeckMom. The instructions are as straight forward as you’d imagine:
Step 1: Grab a pack of flourescent paper (I found mine for a few bucks at WalMart)
Step 2: Print and cut out the elements of the garage sale sign printable. You can find it at the end of this post. You may want to add your street address to the arrows with a black sharpie (I smudged our address out of these pictures – that’s why the arrows look weird).
Step 3: Find a tall, narrow box of some kind (I used a priority mail box that my son had coloured, a few other Sam’s Club grocery boxes I had in my pantry). Add a few heavy items to the bottom of the box to weigh it down and prevent it from tipping in the wind. I used landscaping bricks because we had a few stashed in the garage but soup cans or hand weights would work too.
Step 4: Use duct tape to seal the top of the box and attach the signs to the front and back of the box (be sure the arrows point the same direction).
For photos of the project, check out the link below. Have a tip of your own? Let’s hear about it in the comments.