How to Hold an Online Garage Sale

how to hold an online garage sale

When Aaron and I did The Minimalist Challenge we got rid of a total of 748 items (!). Following the challenge we did a big ol’ garage sale, and made some money on all the things we were getting rid of. It felt so amazing to clear out all that stuff, and to this day I haven’t missed a single thing that we got rid of!

A whole bunch of people told me about how the garage sale idea was great, and all, but they just didn’t have the right set-up with their home (apartment or condo) or time to do one. Also, with cold weather your options are limited to only holding garage sales at a certain time of the year. I completely understand all these issues because I’ve encountered them, too.

When I found out about this site that basically allows you to hold virtual garage sales, I instantly thought, “Yep. There it is. Perfect.” It’s called, appropriately enough, VarageSale. Get it? Get it? Virtual garage sale! ;) In 2012, it was founded by a woman named Tami when she was on maternity leave. She then worked with her husband to develop the site.


Here’s How You Can Hold Your Very Own Online Garage Sale…


– Join the local VarageSale buy and sell communities.

– Go through your house, and gather up all the stuff that is no longer serving you. If you haven’t used an item in a year and/or if it doesn’t bring joy to your life it may be time to let it go.

– Post all the items that you want to get rid of to make extra cash. (You can sell anything from clothing, accessories, to home decor, and lots of other stuff. I would recommend trying to sell items as a “lot” as much as possible so you can save time.)

– Browse the feed to buy low-priced items from people who are nearby.

– When a buyer finds something they’d like to buy they will send you/the seller a private message. Then, you confirm the transaction details such as the final price, pick up time, and location.

– Next, you meet offline to complete the transaction at your/the seller’s house or in a public parking lot.


When I signed up, I saw all the buying and selling communities that are local and right around where I live. The “communities” are basically the different subgroups that you can buy and sell within. I was really curious about what kinds of baby and kid stuff was available. Back in September, I was super proud of myself for finding Henry a warm, winter coat that was on sale at a thrift store for $1. Unfortunately, the zipper ended up busting, so we’re back to square one. I went on the site, typed in what I was looking for, and a ton of reasonably priced baby coats appeared. (They are adorable, by the way. Think mini and puffy.) After the coat success, I just kept thinking that I really wish I had known about this site when I was looking to buy all those cloth diapers because I could have saved a ton on them, and then re-sold them!

Right away, I noticed that this site was different from other online, used, selling sites because it’s set-up to be a longer-term solution where you can get to know each other, and build some trust. It doesn’t feel like a quick and dirty fleeting encounter with a stranger to unload some items. is free to use and it’s accessible online. It’s also available on iOS, Android and Kindle devices. They are in hundreds of communities in Canada, the U.S and around the world.


Would you be up for holding an online garage sale? Also, do you say yard sale or garage sale? I’m thinking it must be one of those regional things. 

This is a sponsored post, but, as always, my opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the partners that help to make this site possible! xo, Anna

P.S. How to Make Money Selling Your Old Stuff


24 thoughts on “How to Hold an Online Garage Sale

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  1. Heath

    It looks really good, but facebook signup looks like the only option. I won’t sign up for anything that requires me to allow them access to my friends list on facebook. As they say on Shark Tank, “For that reason, I’m out”.

  2. Anna

    Hello Anna, notice the similar names?

    Thank you for writing about this. I’ve been trying to find a good spot that I can sell my stuff, without fees. I am now one of your fans. Merry Christmas!

  3. deanna

    Since you only got the jacket for $1, I think you could’ve afforded to have a tailor put in a new zipper, if you don’t know how to sew. What a waste.

  4. Cara Henderson

    I am very excited about selling on this site. Its the best thing since sliced butter, Cant wait to get started.

  5. su

    please do not invite strangers to your home!! Meet them at police station or something.
    Crimes have happened with Angies List consumers.

  6. kimberly

    I need to sell every.thing in my home have to move in the next couple days I need some help with money

  7. Amanda and Don Martin

    I think this is a great idea. I have lots of items to sell and bills to pay. I hope my things sell. But I can’t wait to try this app. Out. Thank you.
    Amanda and Don Martin

  8. Belinda

    I love the idea of online selling. As many like me I have lots of stuff to sell. Some almost new stuff and some new stuff that I want to sell online. I want to send the paid items to the customers instead of meeting somewhere. Free postage if buying over a certain amount. Do you think this will work?

  9. Mark Brown

    Amazing informative article on how to make an online garage sale. It’s really helped me a lot. Many many thanks for sharing with us this great article. Looking forward to getting more resource about the garage. Thanks.


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