Yard sale season is so close, I can almost taste it.
Nearly every Friday come spring, the Circus and I will load up and hit all the area yard sales.
And then on Saturday morning, we’ll do it again, courtesy of our chauffeur, Grunt Labor.
And of course, my friends and I have become quite popular for our own yard sales as well.
You have read The Yard Sale Chronicles post, right?
At least two or three times a year, we all get together and host a yard sale, generally at my house. We hang out in the garage in our matching t-shirts drinking beer, Arbor Mist or Sangria if we’re lucky enough to get Kathryn to make it that day. We laugh and carry on and on more than one occasion, we’ve had customers ask if they can hang out with us for the rest of the day just for the entertainment.
Yard sale days are a big deal around here.
And since we’ve done it so much now, we just keep getting better and better at them. We have great signs, our shit is organized and mostly priced.
And we all make a little money just for putting our shit for sale in the driveway, hanging out together and drinking.
If that isn’t a win-win situation, then I don’t know what damn well is.
My friend Jason recently had the grand idea of hosting a Secondhand Market. Basically, it was kind of like an upscale yard sale indoors. He did a great job organizing it and it went extremely well.
At our yard sales, we generally hang a dowel rod between one of the garage door openings to hang clothes on, but for the Secondhand Market, I knew we would need clothes hanging storage that would stand alone. I made some DIY clothes racks that were a super simple build and to top them off, I also made printable size dividers to use for the sale.
I’m sharing both the instructions for the clothes rack and the printables with you!
DIY Clothes Rack and Free Printable Size Dividers for Yard Sales
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DIY Clothes Rack
These are a super simple build and inexpensive as well. I made three different sizes (height wise) of these racks. I’m sharing the instructions for the shortest one, 4′ tall, below. The other two I made were 4 1/2′ tall and then 5′ tall. You can make taller ones, simply by cutting your 2″ x 4″ end posts to whatever your desired height is.
- 2 – 2″ x 4″ x 96″ Studs
- 1 1/4″ Round Dowel Rod – mine were each 8 ft. long, but you can choose whatever length you wish to fit your needs.
- Circular Saw or Miter Saw
- Drill and 1 1/4″ Hole Saw Drill Bit and/or 1 1/4″ Spade Drill Bit
- Hammer and Nails or Nail Gun and Air Compressor or Wood Screws
Make your cuts first. Cut the 2″ x 4″ pieces down to the following lengths:
- 2 – 48″ long pieces
- 8 – 10″ long pieces
If you want to cut your dowel rod down to a certain length, you can do that now as well. I bought mine at 8 feet long and opted to leave them that long.
Take each of your 48″ long 2″ x 4″ pieces and mark 1 1/2″ down on one end of each piece. Using your drill and either a 1 1/4″ spade drill bit or 1 1/4″ hole saw drill bit, drill out a hole at each mark you made. This will be the top of your clothes rack where each dowel rod will slide into.
I found it easiest to go back and forth between my hole saw and my spade bit. This could be because both of mine might have been pretty worn out from previous use. It could have also been user error. 😉
Take one of the 48″ long 2″ x 4″ pieces and lay it flat against the ground. On the opposite end of where you drilled out your hole, attach one of the 10″ long 2″ x 4″ pieces perpendicular, but lined up on one edge of the 2″ x 4″ as shown below.
I did this using my nail gun because it was close by and made the job go super fast. A good ol’ hammer and nails or wood screws will do the trick as well though.
Turn the 48″ long 2″ x 4″ on its side. Line up another 10″ long 2″ x 4″ piece and attach it as shown below.
Turn it again. Attach another 10″ piece.
Repeat one more time.
You should have four feet on your 48″ long 2″ x 4″.
Repeat this process with the other 48″ long 2″ x 4″.
Slide the dowel rod through the top holes of each 2″ x 4″.
That’s all there is to the clothes racks!
Once you get all your clothes on the racks, if the dowel rod is sagging in the middle, then just move your end pieces in more.
This will stabilize it more and you’ll still have plenty of hanging room on the ends and in the middle.
Free Printable Size Dividers
The printable size dividers include sizes 0 months – 3XL in a printable PDF file. The printable file, and all the other free printables in my Rain on a Tin Roof library, are available exclusively to my email subscribers. Just sign up below to get the size dividers and access to my free printable library!
If you’re already a Rain on a Tin Roof subscriber, you can find the printable size dividers in my Printable Library. Look at the bottom of the last email you received from me for the password!
Printing Notes and Tips:
- The dividers are made to print two per page.
- Once you print them out, cut out around them and cut out the black line and black center portion on the dividers. This allows your dividers to easily go onto the dowel rod.
- After printing and cutting mine out, I also opted to laminate them to keep them in better shape and make them last longer.
I hope you enjoy them and sell lots of stuff at your next yard sale!
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