Garage Sale as a business

Provencal dishes on the marketNow this is interesting. First of all a shout out to Linda JM for letting me reference her article. Read her article here

Garage sales can be a business, and why not? There are some really good points raised in the above article. There are some nice books listed as well that can help you understand how garage sales can be a business.

We thought, YardSailr could make perfect sense here. If you have to sell on a consistent basis, perhaps choosing a mobile app will help you save time. Think about it – if you have 20 – 30 items to sell week after week, would you want to go through the pain of setting up a garage sale every week outside your house? Not to mention that your subdivision or community may not even allow you to sell on any arbitrary weekend.

We believe that’s where our mobile app could come handy. No community restrictions, nothing to buy. Just take pictures of your items, post on our mobile app and its instantaneously available on a local map. Additionally, your buyers can just communicate via the messaging system available inside the app.

The App is free, and will remain free for non-professional consumers. So you don’t have to worry about paying us any money :)

Hmm, garage sales could be a business, and we’d certainly like to make it easier for you to make it one.

What do you think?

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Tips and Tricks for a Successful Yard Sale

Garage sales are awesome. Can you think of a better way to clean out the basement? Sure, you can list an item or two on Craigslist. Sure, you can post on eBay if you’re savvy enough to browse through the maze. But to get rid of your ENTIRE collection from the previous summer? Garage sale helps you out when your closet needs a revamp.

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We’re almost into summer here in Midwest. Been driving around and noticed some garage sales signs on curbsides. Hmm, and then I wonder again, as I did 6 months ago – why in the world would people want to go through the trouble of setting up garage sales, getting permissions from associations (depending on where you live) – when we can connect with our buyers (or sellers) via the most powerful instrument given to us – our smartphones!

Thanks to YardSailr, when it’s time for your big yard sale, you don’t have to worry about setting out tons of signs and advertising around your community. All the yard sale shoppers in your area will see your post pop up on their phones and other mobile devices, and you’ll be set!

Don’t Price Too Low

If you price your old items too low, people will think that they’re damaged, broken, or just not worth anything. If you’re not sure, add a dollar or two to the price tag. You can always come down on the price later in the day. This will make your shoppers feel like they’re getting an even better deal.

What’s In a Name?

Give your yard sale a descriptive name that tells your shoppers what you have that other sellers might not. Do you have a bunch of old school gaming consoles and games? Let your shoppers know that you have some great geeky finds.

Post Those Pictures!

If you have a bunch of cool old toys and memorabilia, call your sale the, “Children of the ‘80s Yard Sale!” and post pictures of all of your Jem and the Holograms or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merchandise. You might be surprised how many people are willing to spend money on nostalgia.

And YardSailr makes it easy to post pictures of all the cool – and potentially valuable – stuff you’re selling. Good pictures could make all the difference between selling everything and standing around looking at your shoes.

Be a Salesperson

Don’t just sit there with your cashbox. Talk to your shoppers. Ask them how they are doing or if they have any questions. And do all of this within YardSailr without leaving the app! Just use the Message feature and start messaging your shoppers.

If you want to be an even bigger success, invite them over to your house and bring out some coffee and pastries. As they munch and sip, they’ll be more likely to peruse and buy!

Finally

Don’t forget to download our app here, it might just help ;)
iPhone app store: http://app.lk/yardsailr?x=j
Android play store: http://app.lk/yardsailr2?x=j

Come, Sale the Yard with us!

Come, Sale the Yard….Aaaand we’re LIVE!

Steve and I love the way technology can change the world. 6 months ago we started looking at Craigslist, and we wondered. What would it be like if people could get away from the long drawn process of setting up Garage Sales, and used a mobile app to buy and sell their unwanted items at home.

Garage Sales are fun. Warm sunny day, weekend, neighborhood cars and people strolling by looking at the garage sale you just set up, talking to you, exchanging pleasantries…couldn’t get more summer-y than this ;)

Having said that, wouldn’t you like it if the process of SETTING up a garage sale got easier? No more shopping for sign boards from Menards, no more spending hours and days getting ready for the garage sale day, trying to collect all the items that you want to sell. No more spending hours to spread the word, putting sign boards on curbside, talking to countless neighbors.

How about an iPhone or an Android app that will put your items on a map instantaneously? Flip out your smartphone, take pictures of as many items as you want, post it in the app and voila! Your garage sale is now global and visible to everyone around you within minutes! Our garage sale app does exactly that!

Oh wait, we forgot, you like to shop and not sell. No, you LOVE to shop. You like the odd bike that you can buy for $100 bucks than the local Performance Bike that sells it for $450!

What better place to find a bike, or an old TV or pottery than YardSailr. Flip out your smartphone, log in and see all the good stuff that’s selling around you. It’s as easy as that.

And the best news is, it’s FREE. Yup, not a dime to pay to us. If you’re a buyer or a seller, just connect with the opposite party through the Chat messaging system in the app, and if both agree just meet and pay. As simple as that!

So this summer, download this new app, use it and give us your feedback – we’re all ears and eagerly waiting to hear what you have to say. We’re here to make your life easier, to make it easy to buy and see.

See you on the Yard Sail boat soon!

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and the Google Play Store here

-Your friendly blogger, Gaurav