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I have an android phone, so the other day I searched the Google Play store to see what free Yard Sale Android Apps were available. Disclosure: I did not download any of them, or try any of them yet. I did read about the apps (and the reviews posted by users).

I found the following free yard sale Android Apps to be the most potentially helpful:

1. Yard Sale Treasure Map— “quickly find the garage sales near you! You can search day by day, view detailed sale info, get directions to each sale, and plot sales from other sources to keep you organized.”  This was rated 4.2 stars and some of the comments were: “awesome app”, “so much easier to do my treasure hunting with this new application”, and “the best yard and garage sale program ever”. I think, if I download one of the apps, this might be the first one I try!

2.Garage Sale Rover Free— “Locate local garage sales, yard sales, tag sales, and estate sales on a map. We have created what some consider to be the ultimate garage sale locator and map tool.” Also rated 4.2 stars. Reviews say, “I have found this app very useful — There are more listings than my local paper” and “has saved me a lot of time and gas when physical signs are inadequate or confusing”.

3.Shpock— Somewhat different type of app. “With shpock you’ll find the most beautiful things in your neighborhood and sell your things quickly to people around you.” I would also be curious to give this app a try when I have time. Rated, again 4.2 stars. . .Reviews: “Already bought a few things and am happy with the way the transactions work” and “I could browse stuff on Shpock all day!” Please post in the comment section if you have tried this yard sale app–it seems like more of a marketplace for buying and selling.

Given that more people are accessing the web through cell phones than ever before, yard sale apps are not going anywhere. In fact, new ones will probably be developed all the time. Please feel free to post your favorites below. If you have an Iphone, what yard sale apps do you find useful?

 

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Since getting married, we have had two yard sales of our own. I do not enjoy having yard sales. I enjoy the extra cash, but I find having a yard sale to be very time-consuming. I would rather sell on Craigslist or Ebay where the profit is higher.

However, since I have been asked, I will give some tips on how to prepare for and have a successful yard sale:

1. Advertise in advance. I find the local papers in this area to be very high cost for advertising. Where we lived before, it was only $10 for a 3-day-yard sale ad. If the prices are high, consider going in with another family or as part of your neighborhood’s sale. Craigslist and facebook are other great advertising venues (free!).

2. Spring or fall sales tend to be the most highly attended. Summer is hot, sticky, and people are on vacation. Spring and fall have more tolerable weather conditions, and many more people are out yard-sale shopping.

3. Choose what day/days and times are best—base this on research. Where we lived for the first years of our marriage, almost every household was two-income due to very low salaries. To have a Friday yard sale would not be the best choice because traffic would be limited. Where we live now, it is middle-to-upper class, with a lot of stay-at-home moms and retirees. Many people do Friday to Saturday yard sales and report large amounts of traffic on Fridays. Do your own research and decide accordingly. For myself, I have never found it profitable to run a yard sale after 1:00 pm, but have found that the earlier you open, the better!

4. Gather needed items—extra tables (borrow from friends), price tags (these can be bought at the Dollar Store), BRIGHT and many yard sale signs (buy or make), chairs, extra change, cash box, etc.

yard sale sign

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As a yard sale buyer myself, I am sure I do things that annoy people. I probably annoy sellers when I ask for lower prices. I do think that it never hurts to ask. However, some yard sale buyers have particularly irritating habits. . here are a couple:

1. Buyers who grab things out of your pile or your hand. You pick up a shirt that you think might be cute for your child, and the rude buyer snatches it out of your hand and says “I saw it first” or gives no excuse at all for such behavior. Or, the buyer says “that was in my pile” when it obviously was not. Clearly, this buyer cannot stand for someone else to get a good deal, and wants everything “nice” for him/herself. This type of buyer also tends to hog the entire table or box. . .it is almost useless to try to look at a yard sale with this buyer.

2. Buyers who do not buy, but steal. I see this way too often, and it’s almost impossible to bring it to the attention of the seller in time, particularly if the seller is busy with another customer. It’s unfortunate that someone would go to the effort of shoving an extra $1.00 item into their bag, but it happens frequently. If you are hosting a yard sale, I recommend you never “man” the sale alone, but always have a few people to help you, so you don’t have things stolen.

3. Buyers who keep arguing with a seller. The buyer offers a lower price, the seller counter offers. These buyers do not accept, but continue to argue loudly. I have heard some of them go on and on for ten minutes or more, trying to get a lower price. Now, do not get me wrong, I am a fan of offering less, but at some point, continuing to argue loudly with a seller becomes harassment.

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