When you clean out your closet, clear out the garage or tool shed, or, decide to make room for new furniture by getting rid of the old, there are many different places you could try and sell your items. You could have a garage sale or post them to a site like Craigslist or eBay, but there are some newer, different options to try.
Conversely, if you're in the market for new, second-hand items like furniture or some one-of-a-kind antiques, a new car, desks, clothes, dressers, and more, you don't have to head down to the local flea market. We've found some new apps that can bring the flea market to you.
Check out our list of new apps that let you buy and sell your items from your smartphone.
The Close5 app lets you buy, sell and discover hundreds of really cool items in your area - from home goods and clothing to furniture and kids' items.
If you're buying: Items are automatically filtered to be within five miles of you, or you can extend your range. Hunt for cool items, add items to a watch list, ask the seller questions and once the offer is accepted, you can send messages within the app so you can keep your phone number and email address private to stay safe.
If you're selling: Create an account, take a photo or two of your item, set your price and, as when you're selling, once the offer is accepted, you can send messages within the app so you won't have to reveal your phone number or email address.
You've heard me say before that Craigslist isn't the safest site and app to use. There are hundreds of instances of kidnappings, robberies and murders that started out with Craigslist transactions.
That's exactly why the 5miles app, created its new feature: safety zones. These safety zones are places with security cameras and are often at police stations. This way, both parties know they can exchange their goods or services without having to worry about the crime risk.
With the OfferUp app, you can easily buy or sell your gently used items locally, ranging from furniture, bikes, cars, clothes, toys and appliances to video games, art, laptops, shoes, and just about anything else you can think of ... guitars, jewelry, pet accessories. You name it, you can probably find it.
Take a photo of the item you want to sell, post it, and wait for someone to buy. Better yet, the whole process should take you as little as 30 seconds. Once someone has expressed interest in buying your item, you can check their reputation on the app and see if they are a serious buyer or a "flake."
Search for items using the search bar, or simply browse and find items near you. The app will prompt you to use your location data, but if you're uncomfortable doing so, you can just enter your ZIP code. When you find something you want, click on the "Buy" button to contact the seller, make an offer and work out the details.