Facebook Yard Sales: A Better Alternative to Craigslist

How to Make Money with Facebook Yard SalesI have tried my hand a few times at selling on Craigslist. Usually I would be bombarded by phone calls and texts the first week with people wanting more information on the item I was selling. I’d have to answer a ton of questions and if I was posting something for someone else (like a motorcycle for my dad) I wouldn’t even know the answers!

Recently my brother had a handful of higher dollar items that we wanted to sell and asked me if I’d help him out. Since I knew he had paid much less for these items than what he was asking I told him I would do it for a 15% commission. Instead of heading to Craigslist I decided to go to the local Facebook Groups – “the county yard sale” and “buy,sell,trade, guns.”

Within moments of posting the items I had two hits. As the day progressed several people had commented on the post or private messaged me. I sold the items the same day. I ended up selling a gun on one of the pages for triple what my brother had paid for it. (He got a good deal.) The other items he sold also went at retail prices. I was amazed at how quick and easy it was to make those sales.

Why Facebook Yard Sales are Better than Craigslist

I don’t plan on heading back to Craigslist any time soon. I see so many more benefits of Facebook Groups, such as yard sales and online garage sales when it comes to selling. Here’s why:

  • People get obsessive with Facebook, checking these groups multiple times a day. So it is great exposure.
  • When an item is commented on it gets sent back up to the top of the feed.
  • You can communicate with people via Private Message rather than getting a ton of phone calls and texts.
  • There are thousands of people in these groups.
  • When you post something all of your friends in the group are notified.
  • If something isn’t selling quickly you can “bump” back up to the top of the feed by commenting on it.
  • People often “tag” friends that they think might be interested in the item in the comments section.
  • You can scan through all the postings and immediately see what type of items are selling the fastest and for the most. (Easy research)

If you are new to Facebook Yard Sales, they are extremely easy to use.

  • •Go to yard sale, online garage sale or other group page that you want to sell on. Upload a photo of the item you want to sell, along with price, description, and pick up terms.
  • •Other members in the group can comment on your post or private message you with their offer.
  • •Make an agreement and sell it!

TIP: If the Facebook yard sale or garage sale group you are interested in says it’s a “closed group” that means you need someone in the group to add you. Post a status update on your Facebook page asking if anyone else is in the group you want to join. Chances are there will be several of your Facebook friends already in that group. They can add you and you’re in!

After having such a smooth experience selling on the Facebook Yard Sale, I don’t think I will ever use Craigslist again. Millions of people log onto Facebook every day, I don’t think that you can get better exposure than that!

Have you ever sold anything in a Facebook Yard Sale? Good Experiences? Bad Experiences? Let me know what you think.

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Alexa Mason is the blogger behind Single Moms Income, a personal finance freelance writer, and wanna-be internet entrepreneur. This is where she shares her journey as a single mother trying to make it big.

Comments

  1. Friends of ours sell all their stuff especially clothes and baby clothes on Facebook Marketplace or 24 hour auction. I believe it’s called for each city. My wife bought something from a Facebook Page like you describe in our city. We won an auction and she went and picked it up. The auction though you take what you get but the prices are rock bottom like a garage sale. You are right, many people are on FB, it’s a great place to buy and sell!

    • I have just sold a couple times now and loved how it easy it was and how fast it went. I have yet to buy something off the Facebook Sales but Im sure that time will come.

  2. We bought a heap of our baby stuff through Facebook sale pages. I didn’t even know they existed until my wife kept showing me all these really great deals.

    • I always see really good deals on baby stuff and kids clothes. Anyone who is expecting can find everything they need on the cheap!

  3. I had not heard of using FB for a yard sale, but it makes very good sense. And since you know people on FB, as opposed to the anonymity of Craigslist, you have a better sense of who the buying “pool” is.

  4. I never had thought about using FB to do something like that. I can see the benefits of using it though. We usually sell a bunch of stuff several times a year and use CL and generally have good success, but all of the emails can be a bit annoying.

    • I am okay with the emails, but when I list my phone number for the bigger items I get sick of people calling and texting me. Especially since a lot of them aren’t really interested in buying anyway. It’s annoying.

  5. I need more information on how this works. I just tried looking up different yard sale groups on Facebook with no results. Many “Closed Groups” but nothing that seemed like a legitimate place to sell stuff. What exactly do you need to search for?? Thanks! I don’t like selling on Craigslist that much, so this could be a great alternative.

    • If the groups you are finding are closed that means you need someone to invite you to join the group. Ask if any of you other FB friends are in the group and they can add you. A lot of your friends are probably already in the group.

  6. I have bought and sold a ton on our local FB buy and sell. In my town of 20ooo there are approx. 5000 in the group. The key I think is writing a good ad, having photos, posting to the right photo album, so it’s more searchable, and price…I have several things I have sold within a couple hours including my old car. In our small town there are separate buy and sells for baby stuff, pets, home based business, etc. as well.

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  12. Honestly I have had better luck with craigslist and have sold hundreds of items in the past few years with only a few flakes. If the item is priced right it will sell in the first day most within just hours. I have found nothing but flakes on Facebook swaps and more junkies items. Mostly younger moms getting rid of used baby and kids toys. I have got tons that make comment interested yet never show when they are supposed to or want something for nothing. I list at a third of price most times on Craig’s and firm and never have any problems. Too bad more are going to these sites now a ton of different ones and no way to sort through the crap for certain catagories.

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