A few months ago I discovered my local town had a Facebook Swap group (several in fact) – you can buy, sell, or swap items from around your home with other local families. First off you’ll have to find the group – many of them are private. So ask your friends in real life or on Facebook if they’re a part of a group and then ask for an invitation. They’re kept private to avoid scammers and the like.
Then start looking around your house for items you’re just not using, trust me it will add up! Even just a couple of dollars here and there. We use the Envelope Budget System so it seemed natural to just start a little envelope for my earnings, in no time I had well over $100 in there. I don’t miss a thing I’ve sold either. Then if I find something on the swap I want to buy, I take the money from that same envelope. These groups have helped our budget BIG time!
Here are a few examples of things I’ve sold recently:
- Outgrown kid’s clothes
- Dish set that was collecting dust in the garage
- Knick-Knacks and Decorations that aren’t my style anymore
- Shoes, Coats, Purses
- Bikes, Office Chair, Desk, Etc
This is how most groups work:
- Take a picture and give a short description, then post it to the swap group.
- List your asking price and whether or not you’ll accept offers for trade or lower prices
- Buyers will let you know if they’re interested by commenting on the photo or asking questions, in most cases the first person to comment is “first in line” and it goes from there.
- Arrange to meet for the sale, if you’re selling the item it’s common courtesy that they buyer will come to you. However in some cases you may live outside of town like we do, so often I’ll agree to meet at a local store when I have plans to be out that way. If you don’t feel comfortable meeting at your home, public places are a safe option.
I’d love to hear your experiences – have you sold/bought off a Facebook swap group? I have several items listed for sale on mine currently which just means more money in our pockets and less clutter around the house!
In my personal opinion these groups far outweigh the benefits of buying/selling on Craigslist. For one – you have some knowledge of who you’re buying/selling with. There is some sort of accountability since their name/photo is clearly listed in the swap group. I have had far fewer “flakes” with these groups.