Getting up early on Saturday morning for garage sales is becoming a thing of the past due to the popularity of online garage sales. Facebook garage sales are one of the biggest ways that you can find great deals from the comfort of your own home.
Here you'll find out how to use Facebook garage sales to find items, buy items, and even host your own Facebook yard sale. There are even some tips that will get your stuff sold for more.
Finding Facebook Garage Sales
Facebook makes it easy to find their online garage sales, by putting all listings on Facebook Marketplace. When you visit, you'll automatically see a bunch of listings based on your location.
You can use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to choose a location and then choose how many miles surrounding that location that you want to see items for sale. The default is 22 miles, but you can choose anywhere from 2, 5, 10, 20, 40, 60, 80, or 100 miles. This makes it easy to find only items that you'll be able to pick-up.
After you've set your location, you're ready to shop. You can put a search term in or use the categories to find what you're looking for. There is Home & Garden, Housing, Entertainment, Clothing & Accessories, Family, Electronics, Hobbies, Vehicles, and Classifieds with sub-categories in each.
You can also set your minimum and maximum price so you'll only see those items, or even set it up where you only see the free listings in your area.
Buying From a Facebook Garage Sale
After you've set your search terms, you are ready to shop. You'll see a bunch of thumbnails that meet your search criteria and you can click on them for more details.
Now you'll be able to see more pictures and details about the item you're interested in. If you like what you see, use the "Ask About Availability" button to send an automatic message to the seller asking if the item is still available.
The seller will get back to you if the item is still available and the two of you can work out the details of price, payment method, and meeting point.
If you don't find what you're looking for you can sign-up to receive notifications when a listing with your keyword is posted.
Hosting Facebook Garage Sales
It's just as easy to host a Facebook garage sale as it is to shop at one. Click the "Sell Something" button and choose whether you're selling an item or a vehicle to get started.
Take a few minutes to choose a category, enter what you are selling, set a price, write a description if you'd like, and then add up to 10 photos. Click the "Post" button and you've listed an item.
Making Lots of Sales
Here are some tips so you can host the best Facebook garage sale yet:
- Provide lots of information, people love a good description including dimensions
- Post clear photos that are taken of the item in different views
- Set a fair price that makes sense for the condition of your item
- If you're selling more than one item say so in all your item descriptions encouraging people to click on your profile to view your entire virtual garage sale
- Reply promptly to shopper inquires about availability and other questions they may have
Other Online Garage Sales
If you're looking for other online garage sales, consider using a selling app to sell items with just a few clicks on your phone or tablet.
Here are some other online garage sale websites that you may want to check out as well. They work similar to Facebook garage sales but you might just find your next gem there.
- VarageSale: Search your local area to find items to buy or sell your own stuff to people in your city or neighborhood
- Craigslist: Used all over the world, you can use Craigslist to find items to buy and sell locally