After one has been been collecting or been a flea market/garage sale addict for any length of time, the question will eventually come up, “how do I get rid of all this stuff”. The same is true of clearing out the clutter of household goods and furnishings, kids toys and even clothes.
Having a garage sale, donating, eBay or perhaps selling on Craigslist has always been an option for clutter clearing, but over the past few years another avenue has opened up. Facebook. Yes, Facebook is not only a good way to keep up with friends, but also to sell and get rid of your stuff — good, valuable and even junk.
The key to buying or selling on Facebook is to find the right group to join.
Finding Garage/Yard Sale Groups
- Go to the Search bar at the top of the Facebook page and use several terms to find groups in your area.
- Use the term that is common in your part of the world, along with your city’s name. e.g. “Garage Sales Dallas”, also try out the term “Yard Sales Dallas” and play around with the variations to see what comes up.
- Most of the groups require that you join and be approved. Once you join, you will usually come across many more in the area that didn’t come up in the initial search.
I started a local garage sale site a year ago and currently have over 2000 members, so don’t be afraid to start your own group if there isn’t one local to you. Just familiarize yourself with rules in other groups to figure out the pitfalls and problems that might be encountered, making some rules that will fit your group.
Narrowing down to specific items
If you’re a collector and most likely specialize in certain types of items, that’s when you narrow down the group search to specific areas. Just a few of the groups that I’ve run across include those that only sell only Christmas items (broken down further to specific companies and even time periods of the collectibles), pottery, plus size clothing, crystal, kids clothes, almost everything!
Again, look for the group the same way in the search bar, trying out different variations of the names.
It should be pointed out that many collector sites will not allow selling on their discussion pages. Always ask if selling is allowed before listing an item for sale, the group members will let you know if it’s allowed or can probably direct you to the best FB group for buying/selling.
- The most important thing to remember is that you are on your own and should be very careful about publicly mentioning phone numbers and never post your address out there for everyone to see. Never.
- Don’t call folks out, it’s rude and your reputation will be the one that suffers. If there are any problems, contact the administrator for the group.
- Read and follow the rules before jumping into the mix. It can be confusing to a newbie and often group administrators will be quite diligent about enforcing the rules. One or two missteps and you may be banned from the group.
Listing An Item:
Read and follow the rules about posting, which often includes using only one picture and post, as well as including price, condition and location.
- When you’ve see the perfect item listed immediately post that you’re interested. Most groups have a rule that the first person commenting gets first chance.
- Always meet at a public place at least for the first transaction.
- Always bring the correct amount of cash.
- Make sure someone knows where you are going.
- Although lower offers are often taken, don’t low ball a brand new listing with a ridiculous offer.
- If you say you will meet someone do it. Don’t forget to go or show up ten minutes late. People are sitting around waiting in their car and it’s not fun wondering how much longer to wait for a no-show.
Nice to know
There are a few things that always seem to be snatched up quickly when the price is right. These include kids and infant clothing, infant furniture and accesories, toys, name-brand handbags, furniture that can be re-finished and trendy household accessories.
What’s it Mean?
There are a few abbreviations that appear to be universally used and newbies often wonder what those initials mean. Here’s your quick tips:
- PPU = Pending Pick Up
- ISO = In Search Of
- MIB = Mint in Box
- NIB = New in Box
- CP = Cross Posted (posted in more than one group)