How To Host A Successful Virtual Garage Sale : The Saturday Weekend Review #308

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Going Virtual To Sell Stuff You No Longer Need Is The New Wave

Moving a garage sale online to host a virtual garage sale has become a smarter choice of getting rid of stuff.

Making extra money during the pandemic has caused people to strip their homes and apartments of everything non-essential.

Related: How to sell everything you don’t need during a crisis

That means if you have stuff you haven’t used in months or years, you get rid of it by selling it if you want the cash.

Self-distancing is now a part of life and many aspects of daily living outside of the home have been modified.

What once was a popular weekend morning rush to find the best garage sale bargains has moved online for many sellers.

A virtual garage sale comes with many benefits including no early mornings waiting for the masses to show up.

Benefits of A Virtual Garage Sale

Why should you host a virtual garage sale?

  • Less Hassle
  • No Early Mornings
  • Little to Advertising of your garage sale online or by posting signs in your neighbourhood
  • Work At Your Pace
  • Ability To Add Virtual Description Of Each Item You Sell
  • Negotiation tactics are easier online than in person
  • Limited to no in-person interaction allowing for self-distancing during this pandemic crisis
  • Far Better Visual Display Of Your Items rather than plunked on a garage sale table.
  • Easier to display larger items you are selling
  • Ability to accept e-transfer

Facebook virtual garage sale

Virtual Garage Sale

What is a virtual garage sale?

With Covid-19 withering, it’s way through the world hosting an in-person garage sale has dwindled this summer.

Although some homeowners are choosing to host a garage sale many are opting for an online approach with a virtual garage sale.

A virtual garage sale has almost all of the same appeal and pricing as an in-person garage sale yet you get to stay home and browse.

How Garage Sales Are Changing

You don’t have to get up at a ridiculous hour to set up for a garage sale and the ability to describe your products.

By sharing more information about what you are selling at your virtual garage sale is the best way of advertising your goods.

At an in-person garage sale you see what’s on the table, ground, back-yard, or in the house and decide whether you want it or not.

Granted, we are human and garage sales are meant to be fun and interactive so you can find great deals.

This aspect of the garage sale industry is what drives people into the garage sale season along with earning extra cash.

Not only that but homeowners and renters tend to de-clutter in the summer.

At one point second-hand shops and the local city dump were not allowing customers to visit.

With a virtual garage sale you never have to worry about what is happening outside of your front door.

A virtual garage sale also allows the seller to leave the product outside for the buyer to come and look at.

This is typically called a, “porch pickup” in the online world of buying and selling.

There is little to no interaction between the buyer and seller apart from being online unless it’s an item you both need to meet for.

Paying For Your Virtual Garage Sale Items

You also don’t have to carry a change purse because most of your virtual garage sale payments will be made via e-transfer.

There are still sellers that allow cash to be left which is perfectly fine but e-transfer after you’ve seen the item is growing.

Never ever send an e-transfer for a virtual garage sale item until after you’ve seen it and agree to it.

Sometimes you may have to leave a security deposit of sorts if you want to hold a popular item.

For many people, this should not be a concern as long as it’s a small amount.

I’ve yet to run into any scammers this way and all sales were processed without issue.

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Varage Sale Online Garage Sale

Best Online Virtual Garage Sale Platforms

Moving to an online virtual garage sale means you will need social media, websites and apps at your fingertips.

Choosing the right platform or multiple platforms to sell your stuff depends on your comfort level.

Below are our top 3 best ways to sell what we no longer need so we can bank some extra cash.

There are other ways you can host a virtual garage sale but from experience, Kijiji, Facebook, and Varage Sale are the best.

Kijiji Online Garage Sale

What is Kijiji?

Ever since I moved to Canada Kijiji has been the best place to sell stuff you own and is now the hub for hosting a virtual garage sale.

Kijiji is Canada’s largest classifieds site with millions of live ads in a wide range of categories – cars, housing, jobs and everything in between. Two new ads are posted every second! We’re proud to provide a platform that connects Canadians, helping them to buy great items in their community, make money off unused possessions cluttering up houses, and help the country waste less.

What I love about Kijiji about Facebook is that you get far more control over what you sell and how you sell it.

On Facebook, there are times where your ads might not show based on someone not liking a photo or word you’ve used.

Although Kijiji is strict with their online selling rules they allow the user more freedom in my opinion.

I also think that you can get through to Kijiji customer service far easier than you can with Facebook Marketplace.

However, if you are hosting a virtual garage sale with-in a Facebook group the admin is typically a message away.

You certainly get a more personalized approach to the virtual garage sale in a Facebook group.

Facebook online garage sale

Facebook Marketplace and Facebook Groups

Just about everyone knows about Facebook however not everyone is on this social media platform.

For those of you who are on Facebook, you can buy and sell online

Joining local buy and sell groups in your area will allow you to host a virtual garage sale with-in that group.

Keep in mind that Facebook groups come with group rules that you must abide by.

As for Facebook Marketplace, this is a platform with-in the social media platform where you can sell online.

Following Facebook online buying and selling guidelines is pretty simple as is creating ads for your virtual garage sale.

You can choose to add up to 10 photos to each virtual garage sale ad along with descriptions and pricing.

How To Host A Virtual Garage Sale

online virtual garage sale

  1. Categorize all of the items you want to sell online
  2. Clean everything that you have including washing clothing, shoes, etc.
  3. Create a folder on your phone or computer called virtual garage sale or online garage sale
  4. Find a space in your home and/or outside to display your items
  5. Using a camera or cell phone camera take clear photos of each item including specifics
  6. Edit any photos as needed to best represent what you are selling
  7. Find an online platform that works for you. (see our top 3 favourites below)
  8. Create detailed information about each item including, size, colour, shape, measurements, etc.
  9. Write down prices for each item or make a new note on your phone or computer to document.
  10. Consider if you want to sell your items at low discounted prices to move them faster or reasonable prices
  11. Set limits for prices and whether you will allow porch pick-up, e-transfer, or cash.
  12. Lastly, visit your online virtual garage sale daily, answer questions from the buyers, and delete what you sell as soon as it sells.

An online virtual garage sale is probably one of the most relaxed ways you can go about selling your stuff.

If earning extra money is on your agenda this summer consider a virtual garage sale and enjoy your morning coffee.

Overall, if we had to choose an online virtual garage sale platform we’d go with Facebook first, Kijiji, and then Varage Sale.

Of course, you could use all three platforms to advertise your virtual garage sale to triple your chances of selling.

Discussion: What other tips can you offer for someone wanting to host a Virtual Garage Sale?

Leave your comments or experiences below.

Mr.CBB

Blog Posts You May Have Missed

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Below is a recap of the blog posts I’ve published over the past two weeks.

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You’ll find exclusive updates about the blog and CBB home life including photos and exclusive contests.

Seasonal Frugal Recipe Box

I enjoy watermelon in the summer more so than any other time of year especially since the price is reasonable.

I’ve always wanted to make a watermelon salad and then I found a blogger who already has a delicious recipe.

She mixes chunks of watermelon with blueberries, raspberries, cherries, fresh mint, lime, chia seeds, and agave together.

What a refreshing looking salad which is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner menu.

Find the full watermelon salad recipe at Munchkin Time.

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  • 5 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup cherries, seed removed & sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon Simple Truth Organic Blue Agave Light Golden Syrup
  • few mint leaves, chopped for garnish
  • chia seeds, for garnish
  • organic sugar, sprinkles for extra sweetness, 100% optional

summer salad

Frugal Gardening Tips

As you already know we love basil at our house so we grow 2 large pots full each summer.

Growing herbs is easy and saves you from buying spices at the grocery store which can get costly.

Last year our basil looked nothing like it does this summer although we’ve had lots of rain.

What I wasn’t sure about was how to prune basil so it continues to grow bushy as it has been all summer.

This blogger at Homestead and Chill explains how to prune basil especially if you plan to dry it or make basil pesto.

In the crook between the leaves and the stem, you should see tiny little leaves growing. Trim right above those. Afterwards, those little leaves will grow into two new large branches of their own!

pruning basil

CBB Motivational Corner

Budgeting

The only way your money works for you is if you manage it like a boss.

This means that YES you should budget your money and know what’s coming in and going out at all times.

If you want to become debt-free there’s no other gang to join but the cool club and you get a free budget.

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Home Update

If it hasn’t been raining it’s been humid and hot just like every other summer in Ontario.

The good news is that our garden is growing nicely and we’re enjoying our harvesting period right now.

Interestingly all of our vegetable gardens are thriving compared to last year where we struggled here and there.

I’m sure it has to do with the balance of rain and sunshine which makes a big difference.

The past 3 weeks I’ve been in the basement renovating by installing insulation and vapor barrier.

It’s not a fun job however I am due to have the city inspector here in August to inspect it so I had to get it done.

I’m happy to say I’m waiting on one very expensive roll of vapor barrier $289 plus tax (ouch) to finish up.

That should arrive next week and then I’ll be moving on with drywall and ordering materials to finish the basement.

As a family, we’ve been spending time going for walks each night and recently to the park since they have opened up again.

Our son was SO excited to finally get on the play equipment.

It was lovely to see the smile back on his face and to be away from the house where he can play as a kid should.

Thankfully, we have a playset, pool and lots of outdoor toys that have kept him busy this summer.

Other than that we still haven’t gone strawberry picking yet but plan to as soon as we can arrange a day.

Have you picked any fruits or vegetables from your local farms?

I’d love to hear about what you picked and what you thought of the crop? Was it worth the money?

Leave me your comments below.

Blog Update

What a great couple of weeks the blog has been having as I’m seeing some of the highest numbers of visitors.

There has been more going on with me behind the scenes creating new budget binder printables and updating blog posts.

In the front-end, Sara has recently added subscription boxes to all of my blog posts at the end of each post.

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I find that it makes it easier for the reader to subscribe to the blog if they don’t have to go hunting for the home page.

Next, you will see the addition of freebies added for new subscribers and a password-protected free budget binder printables page.

I’m also working on downsizing the free budget binder printables page and splitting it into two.

One of the pages will be all of the freebies for your budget binder and the other will be discount codes, coupons, and other savings for Canadians.

Other than that we’re moving along nicely getting the blog to a place I’m happy with.

If you have any cool suggestions for the blog to make it fun and exciting please email me.

Don’t ask me to remove any ads as I can’t as it’s part of the Mediavine program and how I make money to run this blog.

A blog is not cheap to run when it gets big like Canadian Budget Binder has and you need to hire staff to help manage it.

This is all part of owning a little business and why we rely on our customers or in this case readers for support liking, sharing, and commenting.

I work hard to bring you my personal opinions and experiences with finance and hope you will stick around for a long time.

Be Well,

Mr. CBB

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You’ll also get access to insider contests and info before it is released on the blog.

Reader Mailbag Series

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I’d love to start a reader mailbag series where you the readers send me a question and I’ll post it right here.

This will allow CBB readers to comment below to help solve your problem or give you some tips.

It can be anything from finance to gardening, relationships to parenting.

Keep your question short but with as much detail as needed to describe your problem.

If you have a photo you want me to share you can send that into my email [email protected]

Perhaps you have a garden plant that needs help and wants to share a photo of the issue it’s having.

Send it to me.

Mr.CBB

Question For Mr.CBB

Dear Mr.CBB,

How often should I revaluate my monthly budget?

Since the pandemic, I’ve been off work and lost quite a bit of money only collecting the CERB.

I’m back to work now but in the future, if something were to happen what should I have done?

Thanks,

Brad

Answer From Mr. CBB

Hi Brad,

Thanks for your question and it’s a great one.

As a couple we evaluate our budget any time there is a change in our income, family crisis, and at the end of the year.

We also visit our budget monthly and at the 6-month mark consider if we need to make any further changes mid-year.

Budgets are fairly easy to use as long as you are mindful of what money is coming in and going out.

If anything with your income changes then most certainly visit your budget immediately to see what you can do to ease any financial stress.

This also means that if you get a raise at work you should do the same especially when you have extra money to designate.

I hope that helps.

Mr.CBB

Saturday Search Term Giggles

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These are keywords that readers typed into their search engine and landed on this blog.

So whatever you type in a search engine and then click on a CBB post or my actual blog URL I can see that.

I get thousands of these every single day and pick some of the best to feature right here.

  • Does the police come to the store if there is a theft?– I’m going to say, yes if they are pressing charges.
  • Best Supermarket on a BudgetThe cheapest supermarket is the best.
  • Value Village Tag Switching– Is that even a thing? Wow
  • My Family has NO Food– This one breaks my heart
  • Why are ovulation tests so expensive? – That’s nothing. Wait until the child arrives, then you’ll see money flow.

Thanks for your continued support of CBB and for listening to me ramble about our financial journey.

I’ll see you back here in two weeks for the next edition of The Saturday Weekend Review.

Be well,

Mr.CBB x

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