Billboard Baby

“Yard sale!  Yard sale!  Come check out the yard sale!”

Forget the PennySaver.      Who needs the classifieds in the newspaper?

Why even bother to advertise on Craig’s List when you can have this??

That’s right, for the price of a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a croissant, this willing and able 10-year old will happily take your idea, event or function on the road! She comes complete with borrowed wings, a friend’s home-made shield, soccer shoes, red knee-high soccer socks, a Tinkerbell birthday hat and her very own pink-wheeled scooter!

Let this Billboard Baby loose in your neighborhood and customers will be clambering at your door, yard sale or lemonade stand. Satisfaction guaranteed!

But wait! Don’t just let these pictures alone convince you…. here is an actual client testimonial:

“No one came to our yard sale for HOURS. Finally, we agreed to give Hannah’s approach a try. It was amazing! A miracle! She literally stopped traffic! As soon as Hannah hit the pavement, customers started coming out of the woodwork (or at least their homes, to see what all the commotion was) and over to our yard sale.  I’ll never have another yard sale — without her!” ~ Karen Szczuka Teich

Okay, so while everything at my Everything Must Go yard sale eventually went, unfortunately, most of it went to the Goodwill. Not exactly the money-maker I had hoped it would be, despite the literally months of planning and preparation. Who knew the biggest flea market venue in the county was holding their annual “public” yard sale the same day I was having my little “private” one? Apparently everyone. Except me of course.

Oh well, I guess we never would have discovered Hannah’s new knack for advertising if our sale was such a success in the first place, right? It’s all in the way you choose to look at things and honestly, watching Hannah scooter through the neighborhood while hollering her heart out about our “sale” was worth every idle hour!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (mostly to remind myself),

It’s not what happens but what you do– how you deal with — what happens, that really matters.

It may not have been a profitable day but it was a great day, nonetheless.


Photo credits: © Karen Szczuka Teich.

  1. JH
    June 26, 2011 at 11:40 am



  2. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    l was at this tag sale and was a witness to Hannah’s method of advertising,
    she did a better job then the pennysaver and other methods of advertising, Her Mom could have saved herself some money.


  3. June 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    LOL….thanks for that second testimonial, Anonymous! Yes, I could have saved some advertising money. Next time, I’ll know better. Thanks for reading and commenting, Anonymous!


  4. Heather
    June 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I’m glad you have a photo, something you’ll always remember now. She’s adorable (I can still say that about a ten year old, can’t I?)


  5. June 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Yes…you can (still) say a 10-year old is adorable and she is. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.


  6. July 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Very cute idea – much more effective than the newspaper and more fun than Craig’s List. Kudos to Hannah!


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