Awesome Garage Sale Signs

As of 2022, the city no longer waives the city-wide sign ordinance. It’s important to know the rules so your signs don’t get taken by the NL Sign Police (yes, that’s a thing, and it does happen). If they take them, you have to contact the city to get them back, then drive down to some city building to fetch them. Not cool, dude.

How to avoid the North Liberty Sign Police

Put up and take down your signs at the right time

These are city of North Liberty rules, so they’re not flexible. You can put up signs…

  • On your own property: 48 hours before your sale.
  • Off of your own property:  the morning of your sale.

You must remove them as soon as your sale closes on its final day.

Put them in the right places (and avoid the wrong places)

DO place a sign on your own property. I like to attach something eye-catching, like streamers.

DON’T place signs anywhere off your property or on your easement (the grassy area on the sidewalk opposite from your home’s front lawn).

DON’T tape or attach them to phone poles, sign poles, or any other kind of pole that is already present.

DON’T place them in the landscaped areas of the intersections. The landscaped area of the intersections is where the plants, trees, and flowers have been planted.

Buy or DIY? So what are your options?

  1. Design your own signs and have them printed professionally. Someplace like Alphagraphics can print signs.
  2. Buy signs. Easier, faster, and arguably cheaper.

You can buy garage sale signs at TrueValue, WalMart, and similar local stores. If you plan ahead, there are some good options for signs on Amazon, which come in bundles:

Garage Sale Sign Kit with Pricing Labels

You can create a handmade garage sale sign for your own property, so long as it follows the size restrictions below.

What size should your sign be?

No larger than 48″ x 48″.

What should be on your sign?

The handmade signs you make for your own property can be as fun as you want them to be. I’ve seen some pretty funny ones, like these.

The store-bought ones you’ll use to direct people to your sale will not have much room for creativity (sadly). In the small space you do have, include:

  • Address (just house number & street: “123 Main St.”)
  • Hours (“FRI 4-7 · SAT 8-12”)

Use a black Sharpie and make your letters/numbers as thick as possible.

Other sign stuff

A few more points from the city ordinance:

  • No balloons, roof signs, swinging signs, banners or pennants are permitted.
  • A permit is not required for garage sale signs.

Courtesy of: Vegan Designer

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