Wondering where we’re promoting WSCGSD?
Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 15, 2008
We promised the fine folks of Megawatt that we would not just be caretakers of the tradition they started in 2005, but would also do our best to find ways to grow it and expand awareness. A big part of that, of course, is promotion — what are we doing to let people know about registration, what are we doing to let people know about the sale itself — and we thought you might be interested. So far, within West Seattle, promotion has included more than 100 posters big and small, and hundreds of mail-in forms distributed to the locations listed here; we also of course have posted about WSCGSD repeatedly on our main site, West Seattle Blog, and have asked local churches and neighborhood groups to please get word out via their bulletins and mailing lists — we still have more groups to contact for this request (so if you’re reading this and you have a list that you wouldn’t mind using to send out a WSCGSD announcement, would you kindly e-mail us at email@example.com? thanks!) … And that’s just the beginning:
It’s a little early for paid ads in non-West Seattle publications – that will happen right before Sale Day itself – but we have purchased a classified ad in tomorrow’s West Seattle Herald to let people know about registration, and we have placed numerous free notices online, everywhere from gsalr.com to Craigslist (of course!) to the KING5.com events calendar to nwsource.com (which is affiliated with the P-I and Times) to thestranger.com and more. (Any other ideas? Leave a comment!) We’re also going to get some presence in North Seattle on Saturday during Greenwood’s Community Garage Sale Day — the inspiration for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day — to make sure people shopping there know they need to mark their calendars to come to West Seattle on May 10th!
Every little bit of promotion helps – we are grateful to Cindi Barker of the Morgan Community Association for handing out some sign-up forms at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market last Sunday, while giving out disaster-preparedness info as part of a campaign with which we’ve been assisting — she’s also going to loan us sandwich boards to place in strategic spots around West Seattle with word of registration, which continues through April 25th (a week from Friday).
Now, let’s just hope the serious spring weather really arrives by May 10th!