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Common Items Sold on Facebook Online Yard and Garage Sale Pages
Facebook online yard and garage sales are a great place to sell any of your unwanted items. These pages are set up by members and typically follow a general set of rules which can be found in the article Facebook Online Yard and Garage Sales: An Overview. Depending on where you live, some specialty items or antiques may be a tougher sell, but there are some common items that are typically sold successfully on these pages.
Baby Items and Children's Clothing
This may be the most common item that is sold on Facebook online yard and garage sale pages. Children’s clothing is always in demand because kids grow fast and it can be very expensive to continuously buy new clothes for them. By purchasing gently used items, parents can save a great deal of money while the sellers are able to put some extra change in their pockets.
Depending on the size of your city and the general interest of the members, you may discover that a specific group exists solely for baby and children’s items. The advantage of being a member of group that only sells this merchandise is that you don’t have to sift through the hundreds of items that aren’t relevant to your needs and wants. Not an option where you live? No worries! You can simply search for baby and children items by clicking on the magnifying glass in the top right corner of the group and typing in a keyword. For example, if you type ‘crib’ into the search bar, then Facebook will only show you those pictures and items that have ‘crib’ in the description somewhere.
There are too many items to list that fall under this category, but here is a sample of some of the items you may find:
- All types of clothing (jeans, t-shirts, matching outfits, dresses, onesies, etc.)
- Baby blankets
- Diaper bags
- Hygiene products for babies
- Car Seat
What items would you be most likely to buy from a garage sale?
Don’t enjoy going to Toys ‘R Us and spending a fortune on the latest and greatest toys? You’re in luck! I see toys get posted on almost an hourly basis because people are cleaning out closets and selling things their children no longer play with. The items are typically in good condition and are priced quite well, especially when you consider how much you would pay for a brand new version of the toy at the store.
If you do decide on purchasing a toy from a Facebook online yard and garage sale group, I suggest making sure you get some good pictures from the seller so that you can assess whether there is any damage. If all looks good and the price is right, make your offer. Once you receive the toy from the seller, be sure to disinfect it with Lysol, Clorox, or maybe some bleach water just to make sure any leftover germs have no chance of transferring to your child(ren).
Here are some items you may find under this category:
- Children's books
- Small basketball hoops
- Stuffed animals
Adult Clothing and Shoes
There are usually tons of posts for adult clothing and shoes that come up each day. Similar to a consignment store, sometimes you can find a really great item for a bargain and other days the items don’t appeal to you and you leave unsatisfied. If you are looking for a particular size, I highly recommend using the search feature so that you don’t have to worry about looking at shoes that are a size 6 when you wear a size 8.
Clothing typically sells for pretty cheap on these pages, depending on the brand and condition. Sometimes you will find an item that is new with tags (NWT) and is selling for half of what the person bought it for. It’s always exciting to find these items, especially when it’s something that you know you would wear.
Sometimes you will read a description that says “sold as a lot.” In this case, the seller is letting you know that all the items pictured are being sold as one unit for the listed price. I’ve seen this done with t-shirts, shorts, jeans, and shoes. Keep in mind that a lot of these sellers won’t sell you the individual items themselves, but you can always ask if you like one particular item and don’t like the rest.
If you can get past the fact that this furniture has been used, then you could end up saving hundreds of dollars on your purchase. Now, I will be honest and say that some of the couches and chairs that get posted are not even worth your time, but there are also some very nice pieces that people are getting rid of simply because they are moving or have bought newer versions. If you are interested in a furniture piece, give the seller an offer but make it contingent on viewing it first so that you can assess the true condition. Here are some other questions you should be asking as well:
- How old is it?
- Does it come from a smoke free home?
- Does it come from a pet free home?
If you decide to go through with the purchase after assessing the item, make sure you discuss pick up with the seller. Oftentimes, you will be asked to provide a truck or other vehicle and will need to move it yourself. I recommend asking a friend to borrow a truck if you don’t have one since U-Hauls can be pretty expensive, especially if you need to drive to the other side of town.
People pick up artwork from all over the place, whether it be Hobby Lobby, Target, Pier 1, or even a local art fair. Facebook online yard and garage sales have a wealthy assortment of wall décor for you to choose from, including mirrors, paintings, and picture frames. When deciding whether to purchase one of these items, make sure you get the actual dimensions from the seller, as well as the condition of the piece. You should also measure the wall where you are looking at placing it so that you know ahead of time what size would work best for the space.
It should come as no surprise that different technological devices are common items sold through Facebook online yard and garage sales. Phones tend to be very common since new models are being released all the time. If you do decide to purchase a phone through one of these pages, make sure everything is in good working condition and that you will be able to use it with your current carrier. You may also find iPods, tablets, e-readers, and computers listed.
Remember, Safety First!
Whenever you sell or buy something online, make sure you keep your safety the first priority. If possible, meet the person at a public place; if you must go to a private residence to pick up an item, take someone with you. Some people may want to exchange phone numbers in case an emergency comes up and the transaction can’t be made at the specified time and place. If you don’t feel comfortable with giving out that information, tell the person that you prefer to use Facebook messaging since it pops up directly on your phone anyway. Finally, use your good judgment. If you think the person is shady and you just don’t feel comfortable with the situation, then tell them you are not interested in doing the deal anymore.