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“A lot of people don’t have the time to set up real garage sales or they don’t have enough items for a real garage sale,” Novotny said. “This gives them the opportunity, too.”
Prices are often a bit higher than they would be at a traditional garage sale, but aficionados say they’re willing to pay for convenience — shopping the sites is easier and quicker than cruising random garage sales with kids in tow. People selling items also bump the prices up to cover gas for the meetup.
For example, “Goosebumps” books priced at 25 cents each at a summer garage sale fetched $1 apiece online, said Jamie Hultman of Andover, who runs the Anoka County Online Garage Sale. She’s seen everything from purses and clothes to tools and motorcycles posted on the site.
“There are people out there looking for specific items,” she said. “You can ask a little more pricewise.”
Still, the Facebook groups are growing in popularity. Hultman gets daily requests to join her group, which has more than 1,300 members.
“People love garage-saling,” Hultman said. “Especially the way the economy’s been and everything, people want stuff for dirt cheap.”
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