July 21st Best Darn Yard Sale Sign Winner


July 2012 Best Darn Yard Sale Sign Contest

After Catherine’s Tour de Utah last week in search of a worthy Best Darn Yard Sale Sign winner, I didn’t have high expectations going into today. To my surprise, yard sellers were out in full force today and there were a lot of quality sign designs. It was interesting to note the sign competitions going on since a lot of sales where in the same neighborhoods. This made the need for good signage all the more important. Some rose to the occasion and well, some didn’t.

We got quite a chuckle out of the sign below. We assumed that whoever put the sign out must have decided to partake in the box’s contents the night before. Note to future yard sellers, Tequila and signs don’t mix.

Tequila Yard Sale

As I said, there were a lot of competing signs this morning. As you can see in the image below, the larger sign with well written letters and arrows easily makes the small white sign irrelevant.

Good vs Bad

We found some other very decent signs, including one made of corrugated plastic (just like what we offer at Signs.com). The reason these two below didn’t win this week’s award is because they tried to put too much info on the sign. When creating yard sale signs, keep it simple! The words Yard (or Garage) Sale and an arrow. Having your address is fine, but many times, the print is too small and you don’t want people driving, trying to use Google Maps to find your house. Instead, use arrows to point the way.

Yard Sign

Small Yard Sale

We finally came across what we thought was the perfect yard sale sign. It was made of sturdy corrugated plastic with Yard Sale in large, legible type and arrows to point the way. The best part was, they placed the signs at every turn so you knew exactly where you were going.

Best Yard Sign Winner

This week’s winner comes courtesy of Michelle and McKenzie of Riverton. They did a great job with their signs and are our worthy winners of this week’s Best Darn Yard Sale Sign contest. Congrats guys, hope you had a successful day!

Michelle and McKenzie of Riverton

Bonus: When in doubt, drape your car with a giant sheet for your yard sale sign! You will definitely get some traffic (or get your car towed).

Car Sign




Nelson James

Nelson James is the chief operating officer of Signs.com and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to joining the Signs.com team, Nelson was the president and co-founder of SEO.com. For over 6 years he helped to grow the company from 2 to over 85 employees. Nelson managed many large accounts during his tenure at SEO.com, including Dell.com. In early 2011, Nelson was recruited to Lendio Inc., where he was VP of marketing and was responsible for the creation and management of a marketing team as well as the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest and demand for Lendio’s products and services. Prior to his work experience, Nelson graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in marketing and advertising from the communications department. Nelson lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife and three children. He currently holds leadership positions in scouting and volunteers in his church and community.