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Free iPhone Apps: Find Local Garage Sales

Updated on September 6, 2012
Find a Yard Sale
Find a Yard Sale | Source

Looking for a garage sale in your area? Or better yet, do you want to plan a day of bargains?

There are many iPhone apps that will help you find local yard sales. Here are three free apps that all help in finding the sales you want, along with planning routes and directions. All of these apps are FREE and are available at the iTunes App Store.

Features of Garage Sale Finder Apps

All three of these applications (along with most other garage sale location apps) utilize advertisements from Craigslist in order to locate garage sales. While some sales may be missing, Craigslist is a very popular location to advertise garage sales.

All three apps also have the following features in common:

  • View sales in list form or as pins on a map
  • Provide mapped routes and turn-by-turn directions to sale locations
  • Search for sales being held on a specific day of the week
  • Search for sales within a given radius (miles) of your current location or select a specific number of sales to display

Yard Sale Mapper Screen Details

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Map contains Saturday's Yard SalesTap a pin to get more info."Details" provides you with text of the ad. You can hide this sale, mark it as a favorite, or get directions.Link directly to the Craigslist ad.List ViewIn Options, select a specific sale day and a search radius.Use your current location or enter one. Show all sales or just your favorites.
Map contains Saturday's Yard Sales
Map contains Saturday's Yard Sales | Source
Tap a pin to get more info.
Tap a pin to get more info. | Source
"Details" provides you with text of the ad. You can hide this sale, mark it as a favorite, or get directions.
"Details" provides you with text of the ad. You can hide this sale, mark it as a favorite, or get directions. | Source
Link directly to the Craigslist ad.
Link directly to the Craigslist ad. | Source
List View
List View | Source
In Options, select a specific sale day and a search radius.
In Options, select a specific sale day and a search radius. | Source
Use your current location or enter one. Show all sales or just your favorites.
Use your current location or enter one. Show all sales or just your favorites. | Source

Yard Sale Mapper

The Yard Sale Mapper app incorporates an easy to use interface with access to a lot of detail about each sale.

Features:

  • Mark sales as "Favorites" and show all sales or just Favorites
  • Select day of the week to search (one day at a time)
  • Search Radius is 5, 10, 20, or 30 miles from specified location. App has a pop-up that tells you how many sales were found when you select a Search Radius, allowing you to expand your search if there aren't enough.
  • Touch the pin on the map to view Details (full advertisement), Street View (picture of the location) and the Source (original location of the advertisement)
  • Link directly to the ad in Craigslist
  • List view shows only sales marked as Favorites.
  • Search Favorites for specific items advertised in sales.

This is a very simple app that provides a lot of features for its free price. I like that I can save my favorite sales and see a list of those sales for easy planning. I also like that I can easily locate the full advertisement and search my saved sales for specific items. I do wish, however, that it had route planning capabilities, and that I could search all sales, not just the ones I've already selected.

Garage Sale Finder Screens

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Map View with sales pinnedChange your search radius in one mile increments.List ViewDirections are placed in a pop-up box.
Map View with sales pinned
Map View with sales pinned | Source
Change your search radius in one mile increments.
Change your search radius in one mile increments. | Source
List View
List View | Source
Directions are placed in a pop-up box.
Directions are placed in a pop-up box. | Source

Garage Sale Finder

The Garage Sale Finder app has fewer features than the other two apps reviewed here. However, it does provide access to local sales and maps. If that is all that you need, this app may still work for you.

Features:

  • Uses a slider to select the search radius (from 10 to 50 miles in one-mile increments)
  • Select the day of the week from an unlabeled drop-down menu in List view
  • You can't do much from Map view; most options are in the List view only.
  • You can view the full advertisement with a URL of the source listed, but the URL is not clickable
  • "Get Directions" brings you to a map. The turn-by-turn directions option places everything in a small font on the screen (no navigation, just a list of directions).

Had I not seen other Garage Sale Locator apps, I might have been satisfied with this one. However, other free apps offer these features and much more. I am not likely to use this one.

Garage Sale Rover Screens

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Opening ScreenThe "scary" pins are one of this app's memorable features!Tap a pin to save or see more info.Purple pins are saved sales.Change the order of saved sales in list view.Map of only saved sales.From the Details page, view the source ad, email the sale, and access directions.Access blog and tutorial.Key to the Pin stylesAdditional Pin stylesHelp is available!
Opening Screen
Opening Screen | Source
The "scary" pins are one of this app's memorable features!
The "scary" pins are one of this app's memorable features! | Source
Tap a pin to save or see more info.
Tap a pin to save or see more info. | Source
Purple pins are saved sales.
Purple pins are saved sales. | Source
Change the order of saved sales in list view.
Change the order of saved sales in list view. | Source
Map of only saved sales.
Map of only saved sales. | Source
From the Details page, view the source ad, email the sale, and access directions.
From the Details page, view the source ad, email the sale, and access directions. | Source
Source
Source
Access blog and tutorial.
Access blog and tutorial. | Source
Key to the Pin styles
Key to the Pin styles | Source
Additional Pin styles
Additional Pin styles | Source
Help is available!
Help is available! | Source

Garage Sale Rover

The Garage Sale Rover app is definitely the most comprehensive free app I have found for locating garage sales. Once you get used to the somewhat frightening faces on the pins, you will see that this app is more than meets the eye.

  • The map view contains different colored pins for garage sales, estate sales/auctions, saved or deleted sales, thrift stores, and searched sales.
  • List view only shows sales you have saved. Change the order using the arrows so that the list is in the order that you want to shop.
  • Change the number of sales to display on the map (50, 75, or 100).
  • There is no search radius (only number of local sales), and you can't use any location other than your current location.
  • Search for items that are being sold using the search feature (searches the text of the advertisements).
  • Tap a pin on the map to get more information. Click the house to see the street view of the location, the info button to see the advertisement at the source.
  • Email the sale information to other people using the envelope icon, or save the sale for use in list view.
  • Easy access to app support. Links to FAQs, troubleshooting, and even an email address and phone number. You can also access the one minute tutorial video (see below)!
  • You can't use the route optimization feature with the free version of this app, but you can change the order of the saved sales in your list.

This app blew me away with its attention to detail and its desire to please. From the video tutorial to the sale differentiation to the search and route capabilities, this is by far the best free garage sale locator app I've seen, and my new tool for bargain shopping!

Tutorial for Garage Sale Rover

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Very cool stuff these apps. They would be a huge help in finding cool stuff!

    • Amy Gillie profile image
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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Angela! These have solved that organization issue for me too.

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great I love to go to the sales. And they can really be hard to organize.

    • Amy Gillie profile image
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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      I only found them last month too! I like the use of the phone's GPS. Thanks for reading!

    • Nettlemere profile image

      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I'd never have guessed there would be an app for that sort of thing. Very useful hub.

    • Amy Gillie profile image
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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      It can be a bit overwhelming! But the ability to save favorite sales narrows it down a bit. Thanks for reading and sharing!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Wow - that map with the pins on it looks like a cranberry bog! What a wealth of opportunities to find bargains and spend money! I've not heard of these apps before, but I'm not surprised - some clever people have figured out ways our phones (or pocket computers, I guess) can serve us even more!

      Voted up and up!

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