Kids Yard Sale Poster Illustrator Template

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Click image above to see the full poster.

My kids were planning a yard sale to make a few dollars from their old toys. I thought that a LEGO themed poster would attract the attention of kids on their way to or from school.

Using free Lego Alphabet in vector blocks and this nice set of vintage toys, I configured the words BOYS TOYS and added the gradient fills to make it fun. Then I realized that we had a lot of really great books that might attract the attention of parents – so I added that. Finally, I colored the vintage car toy to match the color scheme and added the informational type and map (made of lego blocks).

Our target audience was kids at the nearby gradeschool. So my sons and I went on a wild posting at night, and – taking a lesson from big tobacco marketers – made sure to place our posters down at kid eye level. We also posted online versions of the flyer to neighborhood parental social networks.

The result? Our “Boys Toys” yard sale was a huge success. And it didn’t hurt to provide free donuts!

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Feel free to download the tabloid Adobe Illustrator CS6 file to change as needed for your yard sale.

Download 70mb File

Mac Mail + Address Book Not Working OSx 10.8

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OMG this problem has been making me go insane. Finally, solved my problems this morning – after 4 months of grief.

My three main symptoms:
Mac Mail – Mail Quit Unexpectedly at least 2x daily
Mac Mail – Cannot add contacts to Address Book
Address Book – Does not save new addresses

The story: I have been having little problems since the day I got my new MacBook Pro. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried looking up solutions online, rebuilding permissions with disc utility, deleting preferences, etc. I even tried rebuilding my entire OSx account. Nothing worked.

My theory is that home folder permissions were corrupted when I used the migration utility to transfer my main account from a work laptop.

The solution:
Reset home directory permissions and ACLs

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Do this:

    1. Restart your computer
    2. Press and hold the option key after the chime
    3. Boot from the Mac OSx Recovery partition
    4. Launch the Terminal app from the “” menu
    5. Type in “resetpassword” and hit return (all one word)
    6. Password Reset Utility launches
    7. Select the volume containing the user account
    8. Select the user account from the popup list
    9. Click the “Reset Home Folder Permissions and ACLs” button in the lower right.
    10. When it is done, restart your computer.

Then go verify that you can indeed save new contacts to Address Book, and that you can add contacts to address book from Mail.

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