About ProtoQuest, Inc.
"Transforming Ideas Into Reality"
Founded in 2000 entirely with private investment money, ProtoQuest, Inc.
has set out to identify real needs in the marketplace and effectively
solve them using current technology.
About Yard Sale Supplies .com
"Helping You Have the Most Organized and Stress-Free Sale Ever!"
The Yard Sale Supplies .com website concept was the brainchild of ProtoQuest, Inc.'s
founder and President, Neil MacAnanny. Mr. MacAnanny personally enjoys visiting yard sales,
flea markets, and hamfests.
While preparing for one of his own yard sales, he realized that a
lot of preparation time can be spent on handwriting all those price labels and making
directional signs. He wanted to find a way to make it easier and quicker for everyone to prepare for
"Everyone having a yard sale has to prepare [these price labels and signs].", said MacAnanny.
"Up until now, we have all been stuck handwriting our price labels because it just doesn't make
sense to spend $60 to $100 on a price labeling gun for just one sale. Even if I had a price
labeling gun, I don't think I would use it for a yard sale or flea market. People can associate the
rectangular-shaped labels that these guns produce with full retail pricing since that is what
they see so often in stores. The brightly colored round labels that we see at many yard sales
can help us think of the item it is placed on as 'A real bargain', 'Steeply discounted', or
'On clearance'. I thought that if there was a way to provide an assortment of pre-printed price
labels in this round format, it could really save people a lot of preparation time
and even increase their sales. If it could be done in a variety of colors, people
could group their items together with their neighbors' to have a bigger sale with bigger crowds. Each family
could use a different price label color to help sort out the accounting."
"As for the signs," MacAnanny continued, "they are absolutely critical to the success of your
sale. If your customers can't find you, how are they going to give you all that money to haul away the
stuff that you don't need anymore? I can't tell you how many yard sale signs I have seen outside that have been ruined
by rain, humidity, or wind because they were paper-based. I feel sorry for the people who
worked so hard to make these signs only to have them become useless to them before their
sale starts. I went to my local print shop to find out how much it would cost to have those
18" x 24" corrugated plastic signs made up with all my custom sale information already printed on them. I was
disappointed when they said they would be $25 each with a minimum purchase of four signs. If I
needed 8 signs, that would come to $200! There was no way I would do that for a yard sale. It was at
that point I began thinking of how I could produce a large, plastic-based, sign with all of a
particular sale's information already printed on it that would be affordable to anyone holding
a yard sale."
Mr. MacAnanny took these problems and spent over a year developing and bringing you the inexpensive
time-saving products you see on the Yard Sale Supplies .com website. His software engineering background
enabled him to create the unique ordering system found here that actually allows you to see images
of your custom label sets and custom printed signs before you order.
Our vision for Yard Sale Supplies .com is to be an invaluable resource for everyone having or
going to a yard sale. That is why we have added the tips section to help you think of a wide
variety of things related to having and going to yard sales. Our resource center was created
to serve those having and going to yard sales as well as those who could benefit from the
products offered at Yard Sale Supplies .com.
Please feel free to contact us with requests
for quantity quotes, questions, desired web site features, and suggestions on how we can serve