Do you want to sell something locally? If so, you save on shipping costs. That means more money in your pocket! Now, you can use an app to sell nearly anything you own locally.
There are also apps that make it easy and painless to sell smaller items online. Try these apps the next time you have something to sell.
Table of Contents
- Top Apps to Sell (and Buy) Stuff
- Yard Sales Apps
Top Apps to Sell (and Buy) Stuff
This first section has apps that allow you to list separate items. For garage sale apps, skip to the next section.
If you need money fast, try selling your unwanted items on Decluttr. It only takes a few minutes to sell your items, and you receive next-day payment.
Decluttr is an easy way to sell the following used items:
- Cell Phones
- Video Games and Consoles
I’ve used Decluttr to sell my old CDs and DVDs. I use the Decluttr app to scan the barcode and get an instant price quote. When I finish scanning, Decluttr sends a printable prepaid shipping label to ship my box of sold items. They can also mail you a box if you don’t have one.
The cool thing about Decluttr is that you can receive payment the next day! They will pay you by PayPal or direct deposit. A third way is getting sent a paper check in the mail.
They also have a mobile app if you want to sell items from your cell phone easily. All you have to do is scan the bar-code to begin the listing process.
Decluttr is convenient, but your items need to be in good condition. To only send items that will pass quality control, read the seller guidelines. You won’t get any items back that Decluttr rejects.
If you’re patient, you might try selling your more valuable items with another app. It might take longer to make a sale, but you can earn more money.
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This app is probably the most popular Craigslist alternative. You might know a few of their creative commercials that air on TV. A character is in a “life or death” situation. Then, a stranger appears from nowhere and saves them by taking the item from their hand. That’s how easy it is to list and sell on Letgo.
With Letgo, you snap a picture of the item to sell and list it quickly. The only way to sell on Letgo is with their app. Buyers, on the other hand, can view your listing on the app or the desktop website.
You will also like Letgo if you live in a rural area because listings list by city and zip code. If a prospective buyer enters a zip code (i.e., 90210), Letgo will populate the nearest product listings first. Or, users can also search by product name or category as well.
Want to sell clothes? Give Poshmark a try. Listing adult and children’s clothing is free. Poshmark sends you a free prepaid shipping label when you make a sale.
With the Poshmark app, you can snap a few pictures and upload them to your closet in real-time. One nice thing about Poshmark is that shoppers can browse your entire closet. Even if they are looking for a specific brand, they can easily access your closet to see your other listings.
Is Poshmark legit? Read our review to decide for yourself!
4. Facebook Buy and Sell Groups
Another popular app is Facebook. As the largest social media platform, it might make sense to sell here as well. To start selling, click on the “Buy and Sell Groups” button in the Explore menu. Facebook will list several groups closest to you, and you can also search for your specific city or county group.
To sell (or buy), you will have to join the group first. Be sure to read the group guidelines to see if there are any listing restrictions.
For example, you might not be able to sell firearms or other controversial items. One final note about Facebook, there are selling groups and yard sale groups. The second type of group is used to advertise yard sales (not to sell individual items).
Besides Facebook Marketplace, you can also post a picture on your timeline. It’s only available to your friends, but they can easily share with their friends.
Facebook makes it easy to sell, and you reach many neighbors that don’t use Craigslist.
Selling local isn’t the only way to make money on Facebook.
OfferUp is an app that rewards repeat sellers who offer good customer experiences. Buyers and sellers can both leave feedback for a particular transaction.
This feature makes OfferUp more appealing than similar sell local apps. Other apps don’t let you leave feedback so you could be selling to a scammer. For additional security, you can also link your Facebook account to prove your identity.
The best way to describe OfferUp is that it’s like a local version of eBay. You can add items to a watch list, ask the seller questions with the in-app chat feature, and make a counteroffer. Hence the app’s namesake of OfferUp.
This app is free to use. Buyers can search listings by category or proximity by entering their zip code or city.
Most people think that eBay is for only selling items that must ship. Buyers might live on the other side of the country or the world. But, you can also do local listings for large and bulky items like furniture that require the buyer to pick up. Make sure you choose the “Local Pickup Only” option to avoid shipping costs.
I have sold old DVDs and car parts using eBay’s Local Pickup option. The process is easy and saves you from paying to ship.
Of course, many local businesses also list on eBay for additional exposure. Some offer free local delivery if you live within a certain radius. If you own a business and a delivery truck, you might try this option.
It’s free to list on eBay, and you don’t pay any fees until your product sells. You might also like selling on eBay’s app as the listing process is simpler than their traditional website.
7. Trove Market
One item that you will almost always only be able to sell locally is furniture. Trove Market is a great place to sell quality pieces for the best price. Start here for vintage furniture or other quality secondhand furniture and decorations.
It is also possible to sell some items online when they are small enough to ship. And, you can even accept credit cards with Trove!
Buyers can use the Trove Market app for these features:
- Chat In-App
- Make an Offer
- Pay in Advance with a Credit Card
Trove also lets buyers pay at pickup. They might choose this option if they want to inspect the item in person before making the final decision to buy. Listing is free and only requires a couple of pictures, item description and asking price.
See where else you can sell furniture for cash.
Chairish is another app designed for selling furniture. You can also sell home decorations and vintage jewelry as well. There are a few caveats when using Chairish.
The minimum listing price is $75, and there is a 20% commission. Chairish offers free shipping for some items you can take the UPS Store. The buyer has 48 hours to return the product. You receive your payment after the 48 hour period lapses. For in-person pickups, the return window ends when they pick up the product.
One downside of Chairish is that the app is only available for iPhones. If you have quality items to sell, Chairish can be a good option despite the higher fees. Customers visiting this app are looking for upscale items that command higher prices. Because you have a more affluent audience, you can charge higher prices because Chairish has a good reputation.
Dealo is available on the iPhone and has a global presence. You can quickly list and sell your products.
This app is a little more like Craigslist because the buyer can contact you by phone or e-mail. Many of the other apps only permit communication with in-app chat. Chat-only apps protect your privacy as much as possible until you schedule a meetup. However, some items can be easier to sell with a phone call or email. If nothing else, your buyers have more options.
Vinted is an app that allows you to sell and swap clothing from your wardrobe. This app is most cost-effective when you swap clothing with another user. You pay a commission when you sell your clothing. But, money can still be more valuable than another outfit. So, pick your favorite payment option.
Listing is free, and Vinted allows you to list any brand. You will get the best return on designer brands that are more valuable and less common. It’s also easy to sell your items to out-of-state buyers as Vinted accepts credit cards.
Bookoo is a family-friendly app that has boards in most states and even some U.S. military bases located across the globe. This app is part classified, and part social media platform. Sellers and buyers can create a profile and friend other users. You can build a level of trust with the buyer before you meet them. Not being able to “meet” the buyer before the sale is one reason why some sellers avoid Craigslist.
Your profile also lists the other products you have listed. This makes it easier to make an additional sale for buyers looking to buy more than one item. All sales occur locally, so you never have to worry about shipping anything.
You can also use Bookoo to list a yard sale. In fact, their website says, “Bookoo is made for yard sale fans, by yard sale fans.”
If Bookoo doesn’t have a board for your city, you can request one. You may want to try this option if you like to start new projects.
Carousell is a growing app that started in Singapore and is now in the U.S. You can sell almost anything from clothing to automobiles with Carousell. Your listings can also post on social media. Your friends can easily share your listing, and it’s one less site you need to visit.
It can only take 30 seconds to list a product, and you can post up to 4 photos per listing. Carousell is also free to list on.
VarageSale is another family-friendly app that has selling communities all across the globe. You can use VarageSale to sell or trade your stuff for free. Products can be new or used such as:
- Anything else you sell at a garage sale (that’s family friendly and legal, of course)
There’s also an emphasis on safety. Each seller and buyer must first create a profile that includes a picture and name. Until you do this, you can’t schedule a meeting. VarageSale also has a 24-hour hotline you can call to report suspicious sellers or activity.
Because VarageSale emphasizes safety, it is one of the largest sell local apps in the world!
You might only share your fun moments on Instagram, but it’s also another local marketplace. All you have to do is take a picture and include a small product description with a price. Facebook owns Instagram, but that doesn’t mean every Instagrammer uses Facebook. Young adults are more likely to use Instagram than Facebook. If you want to sell items to twenty-somethings, Instagram might be a good option.
There are some people and small businesses that have had great success selling on Instagram. Try for yourself to see what success you have.
Recycler is one of the first online classified apps. You will have the most success with this app if you are trying to sell a used car, pets, or trying to rent a house. It’s a regional selling app similar to the Thrifty Nickel newspaper that’s in your area.
Most product listings are in California. But, Recycler also serves communities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Since Recycler is one of the first selling apps, they have a loyal following.
The 5Miles app allows buyers to filter listings to within 5 miles of their current location. 5Miles allows you to sell all the items that other apps do and you can also list services, jobs, and garage sales.
There is even an “Online Skills” section. You might list here if you offer these services:
- Celebrity Impersonations
- Provide Online Training
- Perform Pranks and Stunts
This somewhat unique app is free to use. The online skills section can give you a competitive edge.
This app is a little different. If you are a small business with local services to sell, Zaarly can be a good option. To only provide quality services, they have a rigid vetting process.
Currently, Zaarly only accepts sellers from Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Northern Virginia.
Hoobly is best for selling pets that need adoption. You can also sell other items with the app, but the audience mostly looks at pets with this app. It is free to post, and it is available for iOS and Android devices.
The other apps allow you to sell pets as well. But, Hoobly has an online reputation for this niche so it can be well worth your time.
19. Wish Local
Wish has two different sides to it. Buyers can use the app to find the lowest price from online retailers. There’s also the Wish Local feature that allows you to buy or sell goods locally. This app is unique because it is one of the few that is available for these devices:
If you like using Wish, you might try these Wish alternatives too!
Shpock is short for “Shop in your Pocket.” It’s an Apple and Android app that showcases your listing with a large picture. Think Pinterest and their large, colorful pins. When shoppers are just browsing the map, a small picture populates with your pinpoint location. Users must click the pinpoint to read a verbal description of your product.
Let’s imagine you’re selling a bike. A picture of your bike will appear instead of the description of the size, model, and price of the bike.
The Craigslist app is very similar to the actual Craigslist website. Remember that Craigslist is the pioneer of online classifieds. It’s not always the easiest or most feature-heavy app, but Craigslist has a large audience. More potential buyers mean a higher chance of making a sale.
You might also consider Craigslist if you live in a semi-rural area because of it’s large online footprint.
Yard Sales Apps
This second section focuses on apps that allow you to list yard sales easily. These apps let your neighbors know about your sale. And, having a yard sale is easier than listing each item individually online.
YardSailr is free to use for personal use and non-profit groups. You can list the items you have for sale and include the pictures and prices of featured items. You can also share your sale on Facebook and Twitter.
Buyers can contact you through the app to ask questions. Your listing also appears on the app map so shoppers can plan their weekend route fast.
23. Yard Sale Helper
Yard Sale Helper focuses on helping people easily and safely locate yard sales in their community.
You list sales on the app map. The app lets you list featured items with photos, item descriptions, and prices to help attract potential visitors. You can even share reviews, opinions, and listings on social media.
The one downside to Yard Sale Helper? This app is only available for Apple devices.
Yardsales.com is one of the most thorough apps for sellers. They offer a “Garage Sale Genie” pricing tool to help you determine the value of items you plan to sell. And, you can hire helpers if you need help to set up or clean up your sale. These features are offered in addition to advertising your garage sale, yard sale, moving sale, or estate sale.
They also have a feature if you only want to sell 1 or 2 items on their virtual yard sale table too. Listing is free for single items and yard sales. To enhance your listing, you can buy credits. These credits boost your listing to the top of the list.
25. Yard Sale Treasure Map
You will want to use Yard Sale Treasure Map to attract the serious garage sale deal hunters that map their route each weekend. It’s really easy to post your sale for everybody to see.
You only need to post in on Craigslist. The listing populates in the Yard Sale Treasure Map app. This app is for community sales and single weekend yard sales. Yard Sale Treasure Map is easy and free to use. You can promote your sale within the app once it has been posted to Craigslist and appears on the app’s Treasure Map.
There are plenty of apps to help you sell locally. You can sell on Craigslist. Or, you can be the “big fish in the little pond” with one of the other apps. They are just as good and also have a large following. You only need to connect with one buyer to make a sale. The more apps you sell on increases your odds of making a sale. So, try several apps to sell stuff you don’t need.
There are times when it’s easier to have a garage sale. Use a garage sale app at these times. They specialize in publicizing your listing with featured items and pictures. Avid garage sale shoppers rely on these apps to find every weekend sale.
What apps do you use to sell items you no longer need?