Don’t announce your garage sale too early! Keep in mind there are a few points of view on this subject and this is mine: I don’t believe in putting up signs or posting an ad about your garage sale on Craigslist before the day of the sale. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but trust me when I tell you that this will save you tons of stress. There is a large and passionate population of “garage sale people” (yes, like me) who are constantly on the lookout. If you put up signs even one day before your sale begins, listing your address, items for sale, and a start time of 7am, you can bet there will be people standing on your lawn or even knocking on your door at 5am. After years of participating in neighborhood garage sales, I can honestly tell you that working with a local realtor who will distribute a map for a community’s garage sales promptly at the start time, and not a minute before, has not diminished our traffic at all.