The Old Days
Once upon a time, in a land very, very close to where you are right now (actually the same land - we just wanted to write it this way for the dramatic effect),
those who wanted to plan a garage sale did not have any choice but to make all of the supplies they needed themselves.
These poor souls sometimes spent hours and hours toiling over painting their signs on tiny pieces of scrap cardboard or paper.
They worked their fingers to the bone by writing all their price labels by hand on torn-off pieces of masking tape
(cue the somber violin music). Hearts were wrenched in anguish as the dark storm clouds inevitably rolled in right after
they set all their signs up, reducing them to useless mush that no one could read. Their misery could be felt by all.
Multi-family sales were difficult to manage as the masking tape only came in a light tan color. Color-coding price labels was out of reach for these deprived generations.
Untold hours would be wasted by customers fumbling through each clothing label to find just the size they need, only to come up empty-handed.
A Flicker of Hope
As the years went by, a flicker of hope emerged as new developments occurred (cue hesitantly excited music). Pre-printed signs and price
labels began appearing in the local markets! Is this what we had been waiting for? Could it be that an end to our misery had finally come?
Alas, these hopes were quickly snuffed out (get the somber music playing again) as the shortfalls of these advances became apparent.
The problem was that these products had to be made in a one-size-fits-all fashion in order to be ready to sit on a local merchant's shelf.
Unfortunately, every garage sale was (and continues to be) unique.
Items at each sale would be valued at different amounts and needed a different set of
prices printed on the labels. Stuck with the price denominations chosen by someone who did not know their needs, sale planners everywhere were forced
to buy extra price label sets just to get the few specific prices they needed for a sale. Sadly, the price
labels not chosen for the sale would be discarded - abandoned and unloved (said with a wistful stare into the distance).
Confusion would set in as the sale planners would not easily know how many of each price denomination they had left. They would have to flip
through page after page of tiny identical sheets to see if by chance one, just one of them, could possibly still have a 25 cent price
label on it that they desperately needed for their precious little tea cup.
The agony that would sweep over their faces was nearly unbearable as they realized
that they could only invite one other neighbor to join their sale since the price labels were only available in two colors.
Each sale would also be held at a different location and time. This required the purchasers of the store-bought signs to still
spend significant time writing most of the key information themselves, nearly defeating the benefit of purchasing the sign in the first place. The space
alloted for this information was usually inadequate, resulting in unreadable words and lost customers. Having these items custom-printed for an individual
sale was prohibitively expensive with the high set-up fees and minimum order requirements (hey, someone had to pay
Johannes Gutenberg for spending all that time pushing
his movable type around between each job!).
These were the sad days of...
- having to waste time writing those tedious price labels and making signs by hand
- not having enough signs made up in time to drive customers to your sale
- getting stuck with the price assortment someone else picked in those store-bought sets
- using signs too small to read from a passing car
- signs getting destroyed by rain
- having severely limited price label color options
- customers toiling to find your clothing sizes
- having to hand draw arrows on your signs to guide your customers
The Dawn of a New Millennium
Nearly all hope of rescue from the oppression of yard sale planning was lost. It seemed like yard sale planners would be doomed to have to be inefficient in
planning their sales forever. Then suddenly, at the turn of the new millennium, a light in the distance began to peek through (cue the heroic music).
At first it was dim, but it steadily grew brighter. A silhouette appeared in front of the light, captivating all eyes in a mesmerizing gaze.
What was it? Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it just a big truck coming down the street while the sun was rising? No, none of these things explained the
revolution we beheld with our eyes. In fact, it was our hero, our yard sale planning helper, our knight in shining pixels
(wow, this is really corny - I can't believe I'm writing this) - It was Yard Sale Supplies .com!
All cheered at the sight, as each onlooker realized how much quicker and easier it would now be to prepare for their garage sales. Though no one would dare
speak it, the obvious question each person secretly wondered in their heart was, "How can a website make a silhouette?" Undeterred by this mystery, and overwhelmed
with the joy of the sight, they all realized that...
With Yard Sale Supplies .com you can now...
- gain access to a wealth of free garage sale tips to help you plan your garage sale
- have price labels custom printed for you at an affordable price
- choose the prices printed on your label set for the items in your unique sale
- pick one of six colors for your price label set to help with multi-family sales
- have the prices printed in numeric order on just a few sheets so you always know what you have left
- clearly mark your clothing sizes with size labels so your customers don't waste their time
- quickly design your own large, easy-to-read signs and preview them online before they are printed for you
- easily apply pre-made arrow labels on your signs to direct your customers to your sale
And everyone lived happily ever after.