How I Staged an Autumn Theme with Oriental Trading

I love exploring yard sales, but we don’t see very many near my house in such a rural area, at least not community type yard sales. I jumped at the chance to participate in a community yard sale with some of my family this weekend. I find they are great ways to get some of the clutter out of my house while also doing a little networking for our vinyl designs and woodworking business. This particular community sale is setup more like a craft fair. There is a theme, and everyone decorates their yard. This year’s theme was super easy, Autumn. I want to show you how I incorporated my handmade items I was selling and a freebie for the kids to both decorate and draw in customers. A table like this could also be used if you leave candy on the porch on Halloween, or for even a trunk or treat style.

Preparing For The Sale

When I began planning for my yard sale I knew I would need to add a few more Fall and Halloween type decorations to what I already owned. Oriental Trading always had a nice collection of seasonal items for Halloween and Fall, so I already knew where to find what I needed. I picked up a few items to hand out to kids, some burlap, burlap bags for kids to place their free stuff in, and battery operated tealights.

oriental trading halloween fall
When the items arrived, I painted Halloween images on the burlap bags.

painted burlap bags Oriental Trading

I found some cute Halloween clipart online and used my Silhouette Cameo to make stencils. To keep the acrylic paint from bleeding across the burlap, I used Mod Podge to seal the edges of my stencil. Once the Mod Podge was dry I painted the images. They made the perfect little bag for the kids to place their free stampers in so they weren’t lost. These little bags are also the perfect size for pre-portioned candy handouts on Halloween or small Birthday treat bags.

Yard Sale Day

On yard sale morning, I simply placed a table on the porch behind my other yard sale tables and covered it with the burlap. I added a wooden tray with the pens and stampers and surrounded it with artificial mums and pine cones I already had. I placed the burlap treat bags in front of the tray and my decor items for sale around the table.


I’m glad I brought along my wooden Jack-o-Lantern box because it looked so cool during the early morning hours with the battery operated tealights inside. Unfortunately it was just to dark to get a great photo of that.


To my surprise, every single item I showcased around the table sold. People would literally walk by my handmade items displayed elsewhere without a glance, but as soon as I moved an item to that table it would be purchased. While the kids were picking out a free gift, parents were actually taking the time to look at the showcased items.

In the future, I will always have a themed table like this with a little something for the kids. It was such a huge hit! As for my Oriental Trading purchases, those items will now become a part of my Halloween and Thanksgiving decor for yet another great use!

Do you like to yard sale? If so, do you ever offer a free item for the kids or set up a “staged” display?

This post contains promotional items provided by Oriental Trading. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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