The Hippo


Dec 7, 2019








Gone shopping

Where I went: A yard sale on a side street in central Manchester
The experience: The ad on Craigslist said 8 a.m. to noon. I got there at 11 a.m. and was a little taken aback at how sparse things were looking. Lesson learned: get there early. Items were displayed on tables, blankets and in boxes. The tables held items too fragile or miscellaneous to be put anywhere else: knickknacks, cups, candles, vases and such. On the blankets, there were children’s clothes and toys, with boys’ on one blanket and girls’ on the other. There was a box of $1 books on the ground, mostly children’s, next to an old television, first-edition Playstation and some video games. Some things had never been used or even taken out of their packaging, including several kitchen appliances and a webcam. Nothing seemed to be unreasonably priced except for an 8-candle candle holder, which was very nice, but not $25-nice. The sellers were interactive at the sale, offering lower prices than the ticket price to people who showed interest in an item. I guess that’s one advantage to arriving at the tail end; you can probably get whatever is left for dirt cheap. 
Coolest cheap thing: Hardcover of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends for $1
Coolest more expensive thing: Chocolate treat maker, ice cream maker and cupcake maker, $10 each

Yard Surfing
Yard sales go modern with social media

By Angie Sykeny

A growing trend is changing the way people yard sale; the days of driving around, following hand-drawn signs to mysterious, hit-or-miss sales are gone. Now, yard salers are turning to social media to find and advertise sales and even individual items.

Tiffany Faulhefer of Manchester has been hosting and attending yard sales with her mother her whole life. In the past, they lived on a busy road and didn’t need to do much advertising for their sales. After moving to a more secluded area, however, Faulhefer started looking for new ways to attract customers. For her most recent sale, she ventured into the world of social media.
“We had a great turnout; we’d have up to five or six cars at a time,” she said. “I know it made a huge difference because at least half of the people who came told me they found our sale online.”
Many yard salers use Craigslist to find and advertise sales. Simply search the yard sale section for your area and you’re sure to see multiple pages of listings. Some ads will even include a detailed list and photos of the items being sold.
But nowadays, Craigslist is the most basic way to yard sale online. Some yard salers are going a step further, using area-specific yard sale Facebook groups to connect with local buyers and sellers. Some groups have over 1,000 members and are rapidly growing.
There are several advantages to also using Facebook versus Craigslist alone. While Craigslist is a great way to get the initial word out, the ad is a one-time post, soon to be bumped down by more current ads. 
Facebook can be updated minute-to-minute with the latest yard sale news and is viewed consistently by a larger volume of people. Facebook groups also allow people to converse in real time. Buyers can ask sellers for more details about an item, negotiate prices or even have an item put on hold.
“If you’re going to yard sale, you have to use social media,” Faulhefer said. “When you just follow a yard sale sign, you don’t know what they’re offering, and it’s a waste of time. With social media, you can update people on what’s been sold, what’s still for sale, post photos, and it entices people to come or prevents them from wasting their time.”
But what is it about yard sales that is so appealing? The buyers can find items for reasonable prices, and the sellers can declutter and make a few bucks, but Faulhefer said there’s more to yard saling than just buying and selling.
“You get to meet a ton of people and hear their stories about why they’re looking for an item or why they’re selling an item,” Faulhefer said. “It brings the community together. One person makes a little money and one person gets something they need for a good price; it’s a way for people to help each other.” 
As seen in the August 13, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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