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Selling stuff online can be intimidating but when you use Facebook groups to sell your items, Ali Wenzke, the founder of The Art of Happy Moving, says there’s an element of trust and respect that goes into the transaction. Unlike some apps, these groups require approval from the page moderator. “Typically, you need to be a neighborhood resident or within a certain distance from the neighborhood to join,” says Wenzke. To find a group near you, just type in “yard sales near me” and a list of virtual yard sales in your area will pop up. Find the one you like and click the “join” button. If you meet the groups criteria, you’ll be accepted and can start posting. Read the rules carefully because every group is a bit different. “It’s important as a seller to be reasonable with your pricing. Negotiating over price happens less often with Facebook than with sites such as Craigslist, so keep that in mind when you list your item,” says Wenzke. Since you’re dealing with neighbors and friends, reputations are a stake and it’s less likely you’ll have no-shows after a deal has been made. Any issues like that are usually resolved quickly with a moderator who listens to feedback about habitual “bad” buyers or sellers.
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Vintage furniture and art can be trickier to sell with local apps because the audience is limited and most people are looking for more basic items like clothing, shoes, toys and home decor. (By the way, if you own any of the antiques, you’re sitting on a goldmine.) Your chances of selling are probably going to be better when you’re reaching people who are specifically looking for vintage furniture and art. Chairish is a website and app that helps you sell your items using a tiered commission system. If you inherited vintage furniture or have a piece of art and lost for words on how to describe them, Chairish steps in to edit photos and write informative and honest descriptions for you so the listing looks like it’s from an upscale catalog. In addition, the buyer can take advantage of the new augmented reality feature. “The ‘view in your space’ feature empowers shoppers to take more daring style choices because experimentation is risk-free,” says Anna Brockway, co-founder and chief marketing offer, Chairish. That’s a great feature for the seller because it helps the buyer see how the item would look in their own setting.
Peer-to-peer marketplacevia itunes.apple.com
Craigslist meets Next Door is how Lucas Lu, PhD, founder and CEO of 5miles describes this app and website. “With the 5miles app, you’re dealing with real people in your community who have been verified by us and rated by users,” says Lu. “It’s a peer-to-peer marketplace where both buyers and sellers can review one another, where user safety and security are our top priority.” The seller can upload photos or even a video with audio to describe the item. The app features a “Safe Exchange Area Locator” that helps buyers and sellers find nearby police stations for transactions. But if you’re still not feeling that neighborly vibe you can use the online payment option and offer shipping options. Another bonus is the site also allows user to find or list garage sales, local services, housing and job listings all within their neighborhood.