You may notice that there is no garage sale category on Facebook. It is usually the result of a glitch in the application; try again later and it should show up.
If not, you can always try one of the other alternatives mentioned above. Include your garage sale as an event or as a status update, or ignore Facebook entirely.
OTHER SOCIAL PLATFORMS FOR SHARING YOUR GARAGE SALE
There are many other social media platforms you can use to post your listing. Plus, it’s free! Here are some other social media channels you should definitely check out:
- TikTok – It is one of the most popular social media platforms these days. Lots of people also use it to share different types of things. It will be a good idea to also post information about your garage sale on TikTok. This platform has already proven itself useful in terms of advertising many times. It is wonderful because not only children and adolescents will see it, but also adults.
- YouTube – As with TikTok, people often use YouTube to promote the products they sell. It’s a great way to let more people know about your garage sale.
- Instagram: Some people don’t have a Facebook account but have an Instagram account. Post as much as you can on different social media platforms. Don’t be afraid to try posting ads about your garage sale on these other social networks. Be sure to include photos of your sale!
- Craigslist: Surprisingly, many people still check Craigslist. It never hurts to try, right? The important thing is to spread the word!
Why Facebook Marketplace
There are several reasons why you should advertise your garage sale on Facebook Marketplace. First, Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms with billions of active users. This means that there is a large potential clientele for your garage sale.
Allows potential customers to easily search for garage sales in your area using keywords.
If you don’t have a lot of time for social media marketing, email marketing is a great option.
Email marketing campaigns often generate higher conversion rates than social media marketing. Additionally, they provide detailed analytics, allowing you to monitor the progress of your campaign.
Commonly used abbreviations for online garage sales:
- P/U = pickup, usually followed by the location you’d like to meet at to sell an item. These transactions are usually done in a public area…like “P/U Target parking, Wood Dale”
- PPU = Pick Up Pending, sellers will write this on their listing when the item has been talked about .
- Cross-Posted = Lets potential buyers know that the item has been posted in multiple places (Craigslist, other garage sale sites, etc.)
- Bump=Sellers use this term to comment on their own list and “up” the article to the top of the feed, to give it more visibility. There is usually a rule as to how often you can “hit” an item…usually once a day.
- ISO = Seeking
- OBO = Or best offer, if buyer cannot obtain quoted price, other offers will be considered.
- Interested = What potential buyers usually write in the comments of your message if they want to buy your item
- Send PM = Send a private message. This is how a potential buyer communicates with you as a seller. Usually, since these people won’t be your real friends on Facebook, all their messages will filter into what Facebook calls your “other folder.” It’s located at the top of your Facebook page, below the messages folder. Here’s a picture…
Go find business! You are ready to fly! I hope this information is helpful! I know it has been very useful in my part of the country.