July 24, 2012

mobile apps, shopping, thrifting

Almost every week I get emails from clients and friends looking to sell their gently used furniture, lighting, and other home decor accessories. Some of it I consider when sourcing items for current projects, others I defer to consignment shops or Craig’nem (you know who I’m talking about.)

OfferUp, the first buy/sell app, is another alternative I can add to the list. If you have an iphone, selling your goods is as easy as snapping a photo and promoting it with this awesome new app. Talk about ‘cash in hand’…cha’ ching!

“We want to revolutionize e-commerce by not only making it as simple as taking a photo, but by making it a safe experience for the people using OfferUp,” -Nick Huzer, OfferUp Founder and CEO

Here’s a statistic that will get you started today in setting up your mobile yardsale:

Did you know according to a 2011 NPD Group research study, the average U.S. household has more than $7,000 worth of unused items, equating to nearly $800 billion in unused items in the U.S?

Looks like we’ll be combing through our basement and garage this weekend to gather a few of our goodies. We could use some extra cash with baby number 4 on the way!


Need help getting started? Here are some great tips provided by OfferUp for a quick, successful sale:

1. Get a Good Photo – Take the photo in the daytime in an area that will best highlight the object you are trying to sell.

2. Firm Price or Negotiable, It’s Your Call – when setting your price, you have the option to set a Firm Price (non negotiable) or forgo the Firm Price option to let potential buyers know that you are up for price negotiations.

3. Spread the Word on Your Social Networks – Facebook, twitter, pinterest, you name it. Somebody always knows somebody else who would be interested in your stuff.

4. Reminders When Closing the Sale – When you and your buyer have finalized a price, the next step is closing the sale and delivering the goods. If the item is portable (like a vase), arrange to meet the buyer in a neutral public place, like your local coffee shop. The buyer can examine the goods and if all is well, pay you and take their new treasure home.

  • Don’t meet in secluded locations.
  • And always tell a friend or family member who you are meeting and where. If you can, bring a friend along.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to your meeting and be the last to leave. If you are at all feeling uncomfortable, don’t drive directly home and instead take a roundabout way there.

For more, visit the community forum on ideas for buying and selling your gently used items. To download the OfferUp app, click here.

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Nikki White Says:

    What a great resource. Will be sure to share with clients who ask the same thing. Also looking for a similar approach to get rid of unused paint! So many of us have leftovers from projects that just sit around for years and I’m sure some deserving family could use.


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