So you’re having a garage sale and you want to generate buzz. How do you do it? Make a poster? Advertise on a local news site? Maybe if you’re an amateur. Real Garage-Saleteurs expertly and artistically craft their own video ads in the style of used car salesmen.
At least, that’s what Saskatchewan man Richard Roy did. He started creating the hyperbolic ads three years ago and they’ve since gone viral, generating almost too much buzz to handle. There are only so many items you can put out at your sale before you start getting into the things you actually need.
Personally, we’re not even interested in the “sleepers, t-shirts, onesies, twosies” and “whatever the hell that thing is” they’re selling, we just want to meet the man who came up with the idea to advertise his sale like “Cash 4 Gold” and then threw in a random Godfather moment.
The first time Roy posted a video, his ad caused so much hype in his hometown of Weyburn, SK that the sale nearly sold out before its official start. The next year, people came from across Saskatchewan to see the fast-talking garage salesman. Now, this year, the ad has made its rounds across Canada, garnering almost 60,000 views since it was posted last week.
“It worked so well and people enjoyed it so much that people would ask us, ‘Can you come and do ours?” Roy told CTV, “We totally would, but I work as a full-time entertainer, so if I had had the time, I would have come and done theirs.”
The entertainer background is pretty evident in the videos. Roy is actually a professional magician by day and DJ Richy Roy (“young, hip and professional”) by night.
If you’re in the area, Roy’s sale starts this Friday. We can’t wait to see what The Extreme Garage Salesman is selling next year.