Substitute for tables for Yard Sale

lov2gardenApril 18, 2004

We're participating in a community yard sale where you set up your own things in your own yard. We don't have any tables to put things on. We don't have anything wide enough (like a sheet of plywood or old door) to put on two sawhorses (which we don't have either!). I don't want to borrow tables since we don't have a way to pick them up or return them.

We're thinking about justing laying sheets on the ground and putting things on them. Will this work or are there any other ideas? I'm wishing for free & easy.

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mirren

I have been to many, many yard sales where the stuff is laid out on the lawn on sheets or rugs. Makes no difference to me as long as I can see the stuff. I dont like to dig through boxes. Spread away and have fun.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2004 at 2:53PM
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yellowhair

Let's see----what about using chairs? Take 2 chairs and use a board or heavy piece of cardboard for the middle section. Ladderback chairs can also hold a curtain rod, or metal rod, for hanging clothing.

Also, if you have a couple of trees that are close, you could use a clothesline thingy and hang clothes on it. I've seen sheets used, too. Sometimes I get a bit lazy, though, and hate to bend down. Yes, I'm lazy.lol

Oops! Another thing you might could use is trashcans, turn them upside down, and again, use board, or heavy cardboard to do a makeshift table. Good luck with it!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2004 at 5:47PM
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trekaren

We strung up a cord, and hung clothes up. I took a couple of old wood blocks and put a plank across it to display things on.

I have also seen things laid out on sheets. But I haven't done it because we have enough scrap wood to rig up display areas.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2004 at 8:06AM
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kathy_

No picnic table??? I don't like stuff on sheets but if that's all you have... We have taken our kitchen table outside to set up too. Kathy

    Bookmark   April 19, 2004 at 6:34PM
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adellabedella_usa

I'm not a fan of sheets either. I've seen big cardboard boxes used to hold things. Do you have any shelves you could temporarily use?

I agree with hanging up clothes even baby clothes. I've started buying baby clothes at sales. I hate it when people direct me to a box full of clothes and expect me to to rummage through it. The tables of folded clothes are hard to look at without making a mess. I like to look at stuff and see if it's stained or not.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2004 at 12:04PM
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toomuchglass

We're having a sale too in June ....... I have so much stuff - never enough tables. We tried the plywood on sawhorses - it sagged ! ( How embarrassing !) As much as I hate it -- I think we will be putting stuff on the lawn . Good luck with yours !

    Bookmark   April 24, 2004 at 7:35PM
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joyfulguy

Hi all,

If you have a problem with the plywood sagging in the middle of the span, would it be possible to find a (large) cardboard box of the right height to hold up the middle? Or even a small stick - it wouldn't take much to hold it in place.

Would a local appliance dealer give you some of the cardboard cartons that the appliances come in? They are made of quite stiff cardboard.

Maybe you could find some boards or pieces of plywood to put between two (or four) of them?

ole joyful

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 4:34PM
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mitchdesj

When we were in Italy, the best buys I got at the flea markets were from a vendor with his pottery out on the bare grass..... displaying on sheets will be fine...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2004 at 7:52AM
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mitchdesj

When we were in Italy, the best buys I got at the flea markets were from a vendor with his pottery out on the bare grass..... displaying on sheets will be fine...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2004 at 8:05AM
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copperfish

At the "car boot" sales in England many people had their wares on a blanket or sheet on the ground. People can just look and pick up what interests them.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2004 at 3:22PM
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