Now that we are a family of four, I’m really realizing how much STUFF we have. Along with bins of baby clothes for both boys and girls, we have so many baby items, toys and other paraphernalia. Along with it, I tend to hold onto items for a long time purely for nostalgic reasons, but have realized I really need to get rid of some items. Like many other people, I’ve normally used Kijiji or Craig’s List in the past. And while I have been able to buy and sell some items on these platforms, I’ve had a lot of not-so-great experiences and, lately, I have found it really tough to sell anything on either of these websites. With so many new things on my to-sell list, I was really excited to learn there’s a new marketplace app in town. VarageSale is like a virtual garage sale on your phone. And since many of us aren’t up to hosting a garage sale at 7am, this is perfect, especially for families with young children. It’s a free marketplace app that allows families to buy and sell pre-loved items with their neighbors. It was actually started by an expecting mom (in 2012) in Toronto, and it’s taken off, evolving into a worldwide movement. I very quickly and easily posted a ton of things on here in one night. The site is really nice and user-friendly, and you can do it from a computer or your phone.
VarageSale is also FREE to use at www.varagesale.com, and the mobile app is available on iOS, Android and Kindle devices.
I’m so pumped to not only look for some items we really need (hello, vacuum cleaner) at a much cheaper price than I’d find new, but to also make some money decluttering our home and selling some of our unused items. It seems like a much more personable experience and even a way to connect with other families in our community. That’s actually what their whole mission is: to bring people together by providing them with a friendly and trusted environment to buy, sell and connect locally. They’re trying to bring back that small town feeling, one community at a time.
VarageSale is expanding so quickly, and they’ve just launched a whole bunch of new communities all over Ontario, including a new one in our hometown of London. I just put all my items up for sale and am spreading the word so we can connect with others to buy and sell. Check out the website for a community near you.
First Book Canada
Even better, VarageSale recently teamed up with First Book Canada. This is an exciting new way to get more books into the hands of children in cities all across Ontario.
Starting July 22nd, for each of the 60 local VarageSale communities in Ontario that adds 1,500 new members, VarageSale will donate $2,500 to local schools through First Book Canada—that’s 600 books in each city, or 30,000 books across Ontario. Want to help?
Come join me on VarageSale!