If your first foray into virtual yard sales seems more like code-breaking than shopping, you're not alone. Learning the lingo is a crucial part of buying and selling on Craigslist, VarageSale, and Facebook yard sales. For an easy crash course, here are the most common online garage sale abbreviations, terms, and acronyms:
ADDY (Address): If you're buying a secondhand sofa and the seller says she'll text the addy, she's sending you a text message with her address.
AFAIK (As Far as I Know): If a listing for a window air conditioner says "Works AFAIK," it means the seller has no knowledge of it not working, but he's not guaranteeing that it does. Ask to check whether it works before you buy it.
AFH (Away from Home): If you've agreed to buy a piece of furniture that has to be picked up at the seller's home and you offer to come today but the seller is out of town, she might respond AFH and suggest tomorrow instead.
AIR (As I Recall): If you ask about the age or origin of an object, for example, the seller might add AIR to his answer if he's not certain he's remembering correctly.
ALA (As Late As): You'll typically see this used in the comments when the buyer and seller are trying to arrange a time for the exchange.
ALUM (Aluminum): This refers to the lightweight metal.
Antique: Officially, an antique is something that's at least 100 years old. Online sellers frequently use the word to describe anything that's merely old enough to be unavailable new now or is out of date. The object may be well worth buying, but do your research before believing it's really an antique.
AO (All Original): You might see this in a description of an antique or vintage item for sale. It promises that none of the parts or pieces are replacements.
AOA (All of the Above): If you a ask a seller two or more questions and she replies with AOA, she's saying the answer to all of your questions is yes.
ASAP (As Soon as Possible): This indicates some urgency.
ATM (At the Moment): You might see this in the comments section of posting as the buyer and seller make arrangements to meet.
As Is: If you buy, you get the item in its current condition, whatever that is. The seller makes no guarantee that it works or lacks damage.
B or b. (Bump): A letter b, alone or followed by a period, as a comment is short for a bump. Bumping is when the seller comments on his own listing to bring the listing up to the top of the page when comments sections are ordered by the most recent postings.
Backup / Back Up: Sometimes you see a comment that just says backup or back up. It means the person making the comment wants to get in line in case the sale falls through with the person (or people) ahead of her.
BBW (Buyer Beware): You might see this in a post warning of a dishonest seller. A seller may also include BBW in his own listing. For example, he might not know enough about the item to speak knowledgeably about it.
BNIB (Brand New in Box): BNIB means an item has never been used and it's being sold in its original box.
BNIP (Brand New in Package): BNIP means the same thing as BNIB, except the packaging referenced probably, isn't a box.
BNNW (Brand New, Never Worn): BNNW typically refers to apparel or accessories, such as clothing, shoes, or hats. The piece may or may not still have its retail tags.
BNWT (Brand New with Tags): BNWT means that an item is new (unused or unworn) and still has the price or manufacturer's tags attached.
BST (Buy, Sell, Trade): This means the seller is looking to buy, sell, or trade the type of object in the listing. For example, if he restores iron skillets, he might want to both buy old ones and sell or trade the ones he's already restored.
BU (Backup): Commenting with BU on a listing means you want to be next in line to buy the item.
BUMP (Bring up My Post): On some sites, posts move to the top of the yard sale page when someone makes a comment. When you see BUMP, the original poster has commented on his own listing to move it to the top for more visibility.
BWI (Boxed With Instructions): Though this is more commonly used on eBay, occasionally you'll see it in an online yard sale listing.
c. (Circa): When a listing contains c. followed a date, it's telling you that is the approximate date of manufacture.
Cross Posted: Cross posted means a seller has also listed the item on other sites. If your yard sale site requires you to sell to the first person who wants to buy, including cross posted explains why the first to comment might not get the item.
DISO (Desperately in Search of): This buyer isn't just hopeful. She's desperate, either because the item is hard to find or because she can't or won't pay retail.
EUC (Excellent Used Condition): The item has been used, but it's in excellent condition. The only condition better is mint.
EXC (Excellent): EXC can be short for excellent condition or excellent used condition.
F or f. (Following): Commenting with just the letter F means you want to receive updates about the listing.
Follow: On some sites (such as Facebook), commenting on a post causes you to get notices when someone else comments. When a member wants to get those updates, she may post a comment that contains just the word follow.
Fair: Fair is short for fair condition, which means OK condition. It's better than poor condition but not as good as good condition.
FCFA (First Come, First Available): This is a somewhat awkward way to say either "First come, first served" or "First $x wins."
FCFS (First Come, First Serve): In a listing, this typically means the first buyer to show up to pay and pick up gets the item. The seller won't hold the item at all, not even for the first person who comments.
FIL (First in Line): The rules of many online garage sales state that you must sell to the first person willing to pay your price. The buyer usually indicates this by commenting interested, want, or first in line.
Firm: Firm means the price is not negotiable, so don't try to haggle.
First: Saying first in the comments is another way of indicating that you want to buy an item and you are first in line.
FKA (Formerly Known As): You may see FKA in a description if the brand or item name has changed during its production. For example, a vintage perfume listing might say "Yves Saint Laurent Yvresse, FKA Champagne." The company changed the perfume's name because of a lawsuit.
FS (Factory Sealed): FS means the item has never been removed from its packaging and that the packaging remains sealed as it was when the manufacturer shipped it.
FSOT (For Sale or Trade): FSOT means the seller is willing to accept cash or another item in exchange.
FTO (For Trade Only): FTO means the seller will not accept a cash price. He wants to trade for another item, either one he mentions in the listing or something you offer that appeals to him.
FTPU (First to Pick Up): FTPU means the seller won't hold it for the first interested person who makes contact. Instead, she will sell it to the first person who shows up to pay and take the item home.
G: G is short for good, as in good condition.
GU (Gently Used): GU means an item has minimal signs of age or wear.
GUC (Good Used Condition): GUC means the item for sale has been used, but it's in good condition with some marks of age or wear. Good condition is better than OK or fair condition, but not as good as excellent or very good used condition.
HTF (Hard to Find): A seller might include HTF in his listing hoping the scarcity (genuine or false) will encourage someone to buy quickly.
HTH (Hope that Helps): A seller may respond with HTH when answering a question a potential buyer asks.
Hold: To hold an item means to reserve an item for someone.
IDK (I Don't Know): This is a shorthand for a lack of knowledge.
IIRC (If I Recall Correctly): When you see IIRC in a listing or comment, it means the person thinks she's giving you the right information, but she's not positive.
INO (In Need Of): It's similar to ISO (in search of) or WTB (want to buy), but may be an attempt to convey more urgency.
INT (Interested): On sites where the first person to comment the desire gets to buy, posting INT is a way to do that. Subsequent comments may also say INT, as people line up to be next if the first sale falls through.
ISO (In Search Of): ISO on a post means the poster is searching for an object because she wants to buy it. It's the same as WTB (want to buy).
LEW (Listed Elsewhere): LEW in a listing means the item is for sale on another online yard sale site at the same time.
LMK (Let Me Know): The person is asking for an update.
LN (Like New): LN means an item is in new-from-the-store condition, even though it's actually used.
LOMS (Listed On Multiple Sites): LOMS lets potential buyers know an item is for sale on multiple garage sale sites.
LOOP (Listed On Other Page): LOOP is typically used to indicate that an item or request is posted on more than one Facebook online yard sale group.
Lot: A lot refers to a group of things being sold together. It lets the buyer know the posted price isn't per item, but for all of them.
LS (Long-sleeved): Used for clothing items.
MAYB (Maybe): Indicates an uncertain condition.
MCM (Mid-Century Modern): From the era of 1945 through 1975.
MIA (Made in America): This usually denotes manufacture in the U.S., although it could also be made in Canada.
MIB (Mint in Box): MIB means the item is in perfect condition and it's still in the original manufacturer's box.
MIJ (Made in Japan): Denotes manufacture in Japan.
MIMB (Mint in Mint Box): The item is in perfect condition and it's still packaged in the original box, which is also in perfect condition.
MIMP (Mint in Mint Packaging): The item is in the original factory packaging, and both item and packaging are in perfect, unused condition.
Mint: When an item is described as mint, it means it's in perfect new condition.
MIOP (Mint in Open Package): The item is in perfect condition, but the packaging has been opened. It's no longer factory sealed.
MIP (Mint in Package): The item is in perfect condition and it's in the original package, but the packaging may not be in mint condition.
MIU (Made in the U.S.): Manufactured in the United States.
MMRO (Make Me a Reasonable Offer): The seller is willing to consider non-insulting offers, despite his posted price or because he didn't post one.
MNB (Mint, No Box): To collectors, MNB refers to a flawless item that's no longer in its factory-packaged box and the seller doesn't have the box.
MPU (Must Pick Up): If you see this in a listing, the seller isn't willing to deliver or meet you halfway.
Must Go: Must go means the seller is desperate to sell. She may need the cash or she might just want that item out of her way.
MWMT (Mint with Mint Tags): The item is in perfect condition and so are the attached retail tags.
NBW (Never Been Worn): This refers to clothing, shoes, etc., and it means unworn no matter what the age. It doesn't, however, mean the seller never tried on the item for fit.
NDSR (No Dents, Scratches, or Rust): This indicates no superficial damage to the item.
Need Gone: Need gone is the same as must go. The seller wants to sell it now, not later. She may even be willing to consider much lower offers.
Next: Next is the same as backup. It means the person commenting wants to get in line to buy, just in case the sale falls through with the person first in line.
NIB (New in Box): The item is new and in the original box from the manufacturer.
NIL (Next in Line): NIL in a comment is the same next or backup. The person who posts it is getting in line to buy the item.
NIP (New in Package): The item is new, and it's still in its original factory packaging.
NM (Near Mint): NM means the item isn't perfect, but it's close.
NNO (New, Never Opened): The item is new and the packaging has never been opened or unsealed.
NOOP (New Out of Package): The item is new, but it's no longer sealed in its original box or packaging.
NOS (New Old Stock): New old stock is antique or vintage merchandise that was never sold and still has its original tags and/or packaging.
No Show: A no show is a buyer or seller who fails to show up at the exchange without getting in touch to cancel or reschedule.
NP (Not Packaged): This refers to the item not being in a package.
NP (No Problem): This is used in conversation in the comments.
NRFB (Never Removed from Box): The item is unused and has never been removed from the manufacturer's original box, not even once.
NSR (Not Sale Related): Some online yard sales allow NSR, or not sales related, postings. Or, in a comment someone may say NSR when posting something that is not related to the item being sold.
NWOT (New Without Tags): The item is unused, but the tags have been removed and aren't included.
NWT (New with Tags): The item is unused and still has the retail tags attached.
No Holds: The seller is unwilling to hold an item while a potential buyer decides, checks with someone else, or waits for his paycheck to arrive.
NYSR (Not Yard Sale Related): An online site may allow NYSR postings or comments, or may disallow them. This could also be used in bantering comments between buyers and sellers.
OBO (Or Best Offer): You'll see OBO in sale listings after the price. It means the seller will consider the best offer she gets if she doesn't get her stated price. On sites without rules about selling order, some sellers who use OBO will sell to the person who offers the most, regardless of who expresses interest first.
OOA (Out of Area): You might see this in the comments as the buyer and seller arrange a place and time to meet.
OOAK (One of a Kind): An item that is unique.
OOS (On Other Sites): The listing is posted on two or more online garage sale sites simultaneously.
ORP (Original Retail Price): The price as listed for the item when it was retailed.
OSFA (One Size Fits All): The clothing item doesn't have a designated size.
OSFM (One Size Fits Most): The clothing item doesn't have a designated size, but may not fit extremes of size.
Pass: The buyer is longer interested and the seller is free to move on to the person who is next in line.
PF (Pet Free): The item comes from a home without indoor pets.
PM (Private Message): The buyer or seller may wish to exchange some information privately, such as a phone number or address.
PN (Price Negotiable): Though the seller has posted a price, he's open to accepting a lower one if you're willing to make an offer.
Porch pick up: Porch pick up means the seller isn't planning a face-to-face exchange. She's going to leave the item on her porch and expects the buyer to leave the cash in a prearranged place, such as a mail slot.
POS (Posted on Other Sites): The item or request is also posted on other online yard sale sites.
POS INT (Possibly interested): In the comments, this means a potential buyer is interested in the item but has questions or concerns.
PPU (Porch Pick Up): If PPU is in the description, it indicates the buyer would pick the item up from the seller's porch without interaction.
PPU (Pending Pick Up): If PPU is seen in the comments, it means the item is awaiting being picked up by the buyer.
PU (Pick Up): PU refers to the act of picking up and paying for an online yard sale item.
RET (Retired): The item (or at least the color, pattern, etc.) is discontinued.
SAIS (Sold As Is): The seller makes no guarantees about the item and offers no warranty.
SF (Smoke-Free): The item being sold comes from a home without cigarette smoke.
SFPF or SF/PF (Smoke-Free, Pet-Free): The item comes from a home without cigarette smoke or indoor pets.
Signed: If an item (jewelry, furniture, etc.) is described as signed, it means there's a mark on the piece that indicates the identity of its maker. It need not be an actual handwritten cursive signature.
SPPU (Sold, Pending Pick Up): The seller has an agreement with a buyer, but the exchange hasn't happened yet.
SS (Stainless Steel): On appliance listings, this indicates the finish.
SS (Short-sleeved) On clothing listings, this usually means the item has short sleeves.
STER (Sterling Silver): This indicates the metal used in the item.
SZ (Size): This is used for clothing items.
TIA (Thanks in Advance): You usually see this on a "wanted to buy" or "in search of" listing.
TTS (True to Size): This refers to the fit of clothing. For example, a listing might say "sz med tts." That means it fits like today's average medium, and it doesn't run small or big.
TTT (To the Top): When you see TTT as a comment, it means the original poster is commenting so her listing goes back to the top of the page. It's the same as BUMP.
TU (Thank You)
TY (Thank You)
TYVM (Thank You Very Much)
UN (Unused): UN means the item has never been used, even if it's not new.
VG (Very Good Condition): Very good condition is better than good condition but not as good as excellent condition or excellent used condition.
VGC (Very Good Condition): Same as VG.
VGUC (Very Good Used Condition): The item is in very good condition but has been used.
W4M (Works for Me): When you're arranging a place to meet or haggling over price, W4M means the other party is agreeing to your request.
Want: When someone posts want in a comment, it means she wants to purchase the item for sale.
WFR (Waiting for Reply): If you ask a seller if something is still available and she replies WFR, it means she has a deal possibly pending but is waiting to hear back from the buyer.
WTB (Want to Buy): WTB means the person posting is hoping someone in the group has the mentioned item and is willing to sell it. It's the same as ISO (in search of).
WUBT (Will You Be There?): You may see this in the comments when the buyer or seller confirms a meeting time and place.
XP (Cross Posted): XP is short for cross posted or x-posted, and it indicates that a seller has listed her item on at least one other yard sale site.
X-Posted (X-posted is short for cross posted, which means the item is listed for sale on more than one site.
YW (You're Welcome)
Special Characters, Numbers, etc.
925 (Sterling Silver): This indicates the composition of the item.
* (single asterisk as a comment): The seller is bumping her post to the top of the listings
. (single period as a comment): This bumps a listing to the top of the page
Comment with someone's name: If the name is a link to that person's profile or page, that person has been tagged. The person who tagged her thinks she might be interested in the item for sale.