This post is brought to you by VarageSale.
If you’ve heard of VarageSale you’re probably already excited. If you haven’t, then get ready to be excited because this new app has already arrived on the Southshore and it’s been a huge, huge hit. Like people I know admittedly call themselves VarageSale addicts. They have Facebook badges and everything.
So maybe you’re intrigued. What is this VarageSale thing she’s talking about? In a nutshell, it’s online buy/sell, but with a lot more quality control than you’re used to getting. There are VarageSale groups all over the world and the United States and now Mandeville/Covington is getting its very own group. If you’ve ever tried to buy or sell anything online then you’ll know how badly this is needed. Personally, I won’t even use Craig’s List because it scares me too much–you have no idea who’s on the other end of that computer screen. But even with buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook things can get a little shady. You see statements like “don’t anyone buy from so-and-so” and then ten minutes later it’s deleted and you can’t remember which so-and-so you’re not supposed to be doing business with. Sometimes whole new groups are formed because the old ones were “bad.” Whatever that means. I’ve had people ask me which is the “good” one and I can honestly say I have no idea. None. It’s like the wild west. But with used clothing and furniture.
And it’s this nuttiness that makes VarageSale so necessary. Invented by a mom while on her maternity leave, VarageSale seeks to eliminate the uncertainty of online buying. You can use it on your computer, but there’s also a very handy app you can use with your phone. No matter how you do it, you use your Facebook ID to sign up–that lets the admin check you out and see if you really are a local person who is capable of buying and selling in our area. Every group has an admin who approves people for the group. Some groups have more than one admin. They also keep an eye on things and make sure people are posting the way they should and following all the rules. VarageSale also has some great policies that help prevent arguments or misunderstandings.
Another great thing about VarageSale is ratings!! Finally! You don’t have to remember if someone has a bad reputation–they’re getting rated right there in the app for everyone to see.
At this point you’re probably chomping at the bit to give VarageSale a try. Please remember that it is BRAND NEW to our area so it might not move quite as fast as you’re used to. Tell your friends about it–I’m sure it’s going to take off in our area just the way it has across the lake. You can sign up right here and get started selling or shopping! Don’t forget it may take a short wait to get approved, but it’s it painless and makes for a much better shopping experience–promise!
If you’re ready to sign up, please visit the site here, and ask to join. That link will take you straight to the Mandeville/Covington group. You can also look around to see if a different group is closer.