Sell your stuff with these apps that replace garage sales
VarageSale (iOS/Android) makes the process of getting your items in front of local buyers super easy.
OfferUp (iOS/Android) posts listings in as little as 30 seconds, and has a image-heavy browsing style.
If you’re really in a hurry, and just need to ditch a handful of things, there are apps for that, too. OfferUp (iOS/Android) posts listings in as little as 30 seconds, and has a image-heavy browsing style that lets your eye-catching photos do the selling for you, along with private messaging and reputation ratings to weed out scammers and spammers.
Shpock (iOS/Android) bills itself as being for “beautiful” items.
These apps are great go-tos for moving used items in a hurry, but if you absolutely don’t want to mess around with any new apps whatsoever, you’re still in luck! Facebook is packed with pages full of local people buying and selling. Head to Facebook, either on your phone app or web browser, and in the search box at the top of the page, just type the name of your city or county along with the words “buy and sell.” In my experience, even the smallest towns have a rummage page on Facebook, so the top listing in the search results is going to be your go-to. Nextdoor is a similarly simple way to show your neighborhood what you’re selling.
Of course, there’s always the chance that your tiny township has missed out on the Facebook train. That’s okay! In that case, Craigslist is the old standby that still produces results, even if the site looks like it is from 1999. Create a quick listing, toss in a photo, and insist on email contacts only — because giving your phone number on a public forum isn’t a great idea — and wait for a bite.
Some apps, like Yard Sale Treasure Map (iOS/Android), help you organize physical garage sales.
No matter which app, site, or virtual marketplace you end up using, the rules for exchanging your stuff for cash are always the same: Always insist on meeting in a public place, for safety, and never take checks. Seasoned local sellers will tell you that the parking lot of your local police station is a great place to make a sale, and nobody in their right mind is going to try to scam you (or worse) with Johnny Law looking over their shoulder. And if you don’t feel like messing with paper money, an app like Square Cash (iOS/Android) can take payments directly, with an added layer of security and peace of mind.
I know selling things online might not be for everyone — like if you just have too much stuff to list, or a garage full of trinkets that need to be seen to be appreciated — but if you’re going with an old fashioned pack-the-driveway rummage spree, your smartphone can make that easier, too. Yard Sale Treasure Map (iOS/Android) is a community-based garage sale listing app that puts your local newspaper classified section to shame. You can create a notice for your sale in just a minute or two, complete with GPS location and lists of your best goodies. It’s also great for planning a community yard sale, so don’t be afraid to get your neighbors involved! And if you end up having a whole bunch of stuff that doesn’t sell, but you don’t want to just toss in the dumpster, a storage service like Clutter will come to your house, pack it all up, and store it for you for a nominal fee.
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