You can sell your stuff and search for deals without ever leaving your house.
No price stickers, tables or yard sale signs and the money is left right at your door while you slowly declutter your house.
In 10 months we have made $288 on Varage Sale for our family and $475 on sales from baby/maternity gear.
Varage Sale is simply a virtual garage sale app.
It makes it easier to search for specific items at garage sale prices and to sell your gently, or not so gently used items without the hassle that comes with having a garage sale.
Often times you can get higher prices on Varage Sale because people are usually searching for a specific item and are more willing to pay a higher price when they find it.
It cuts down on the amount of work on their part to find a good deal. Also, at garage sales unless you have the exact right person come to your garage sale that is seeking out your items it is more impulse buying.
I love deal shopping and buying things gently used. It saves me money and cuts down on waste in the world. However, I actually hate garage sales.
Why I hate going to garage sales
- I struggle with feeling guilty for walking through a garage sale and not making a purchase. I don’t want to offend the person because I didn’t like their stuff. Yes, I know ridiculous I’m just being honest. Luckily, I overcome this guilt and don’t usually make a guilt purchase
- I often times find myself buying things I don’t need—yes I’m a victim of impulse shopping because of the great prices
- It is rare that I am able to visit a garage sale without my two helpers. This means unloading kids from the car and putting one in a stroller. Sometimes it takes longer to do that than it does to walk through the garage sale.
- When you have kids with you they inevitably will find treasures they must have, and of course they are only $1 or worse yet FREE.
Why I hate having a garage sale
- It requires so much work to price and set up a garage sale
- You rely on the weather to be nice or all your work is for nothing
- Your house and garage become messier as you prepare for a garage sale
- Clean-up post garage sale seems to last for weeks
- You have to shield your children from what you may be selling. They always fall back in love with those toys that they haven’t even touched in years. (Quick trick we’ve used when this happens. Cassidy is allowed to save something from the garage sale, but she must part with at least one other item to do so)
- You have to spend at least two days of your life just sitting at a garage sale waiting for people to come and shop
Now with Varage Sale I can get all the benefits of deal shopping at garage sales without having to deal with all the reasons I hate garage sales.
When you sign up for your Varage Sale account you search for the nearest Varage Sale community near you. Mine is right in my community, which is great. The app has items organized by category so I can look at the furniture category or do a specific search for book shelves. Using this app allows me to search for the items I may need, and avoid all those other items that might just add to my home clutter.
Once you are signed up you can also start listing your own items. It does take some time to take a picture and post items so you will want to consider your return on investment. Is it worth your time to sell the items or not? In addition to listing the item if it sells you have time you will spend communicating with the buyer and then arranging pickup for the item.
My tips for selling on Varage Sale:
- I consider the return on investment. Some items are not worth the time it takes to take a picture, post it and organize pick-up.
- As I declutter I have a designated spot for items to be listed to go (they may end up on Varage Sale and/or in our annual garage sale)
- When I have free time (or am watching a movie and can multi-task) I will take pictures of the items and list them in bulk. If you can it’s best to list similar items at the same time, it goes faster.
- When taking pictures of clothing items or shoes photograph it with a sign that says the size. This will allow you to photography multiple items at once and post with details later.
- Whenever possible group items. For instance we grouped all the baby bibs together for one set price. It makes it easier for you to list and more enticing to buy the entire lot for one set price
- Price items reasonably, but not too cheap to begin with, unless of course selling it fast is the goal.
- If an item isn’t moving in a few weeks, lower the price. There is a function on the app that you can “watch” an item and this will get watchers to possibly make a decision on purchasing it
- Follow the rules for your Varage Sale community and be sure you sell to the first person who expressed interest. However, if they are not picking the item up in a timely fashion you can move on to the next interested person.
- I do not meet up with people for sales. It would not be worth my time to arrange a meet up time and coordinate that. Instead I do porch pick-up. This means that when someone is interested in an item I find out what day they can pick up. I then put the item in a bag with their name on it and cost in a toter on my front porch. I inform them where to leave payment and that is it. Could someone take the item and not pay? Yes. Could someone take all the money that is left if others are doing pick-ups the same day? Yes. So far this has not happened, but I only do this type of arrangement for smaller items. I guess I assume Karma will come for them eventually and they needed the item or money more than I did. (For a more expensive item I do arrange a time for the buyer to pick up when we are home.)
- I log the income from these sales into the appropriate budget category. This could be Megan or Brian fun money if we sold something that was solely ours. All other items went into family money.
My sister, sister in-law and I shared many maternity and baby clothes over the past 8 years. Between the three of us we had 6 girls and with each baby we accumulated more clothes. Amelia is the youngest of these 6 so I became the holder of toters of maternity and baby girl clothes. There are enough clothes that Amelia could honestly wear a different outfit every day for at least two months. We decided the best option was for me to sell these items on
There are enough clothes that Amelia could honestly wear a different outfit every day for at least two months. We decided the best option was for me to sell these items on Varage Sale and at the annual garage sale. All money from sales is in a separate account that goes toward a girl’s weekend. Girl’s weekend is an annual tradition that we do every spring. My mom, two sisters, and two sisters-in-law and the 8 girl cousins all get together for a weekend of fun and memories. I have only been selling the baby and maternity clothes since last spring and in one year of
All money from sales is in a separate account that goes toward a girl’s weekend. Girl’s weekend is an annual tradition that we do every spring. My mom, two sisters, and two sisters-in-law and the 8 girl cousins all get together for a weekend of fun and memories. I have only been selling the baby and maternity clothes since last spring and in one year of
I have only been selling the baby and maternity clothes since last spring and in one year of sales we have over $475 towards the hotels for the weekend.
There are many online ways to sell your items (Bookoo, LetGo, Wallpop, Craiglist, Ebay, etc.), but I am partial to Varage Sale. It is easy to use for both sellers and buyers and it is based locally so pick-up is made easy.
Varage Sale is the perfect solution for the busy person. It is also perfect if you hate garage sales like I do.
It’s also great for those of us who don’t enjoy having a garage sale. Or maybe you just don’t have enough items to sell that would justify all the work that goes into one. Be sure to read the article, “should I have a garage sale?”