Thursday, June 30, 2011
Why You (and now I) need a smart phone
I NEED a smartphone because I dropped mine, and the glass shattered and broke into hundreds of little pieces.
And now, when I use it, I get little shards of glass in my finger, and it hurts. Plus I am in big trouble, because it's a $200 fix. And that wasn't in the budget. Looks like I am getting my phone fixed for my birthday!
YOU NEED A SMARTPHONE because it will help you tremendously when you are out at the yard sales. EBay has an app for your phone that is super easy to use. It allows you to refine your search to auctions both active and completed (completed is what you really want to see). If I am unsure about something I am considering purchasing, I spend 45 seconds checking it out on my phone. It has saved me from wasting my time and money, and it has led me to make some worthwhile purchases like the Shrunken Head kit and the American Girl Mini Cabana Playset that I had never seen or heard of before.
Your smartphone can also be your Saturday morning GPS. I use the Mapquest app to find my yard sales and it saves me so much time.
Additionally, you can get the Craigslist app for your phone and pull up the yard sales in your area! If you haven't planned ahead of time or find yourself with extra shopping time, you can find your next stop in a matter of seconds. For more information about planning your yard sale, see my post here.
Now, if you can't afford a smartphone or are not planning on getting one, don't feel bad. You can still make some money. You may have to take a few more risks, but a yard sale risk is usually a $5 or less risk! When I do take a risk on something and it doesn't pan out or sell, I simply sell it for what I paid (or more) at a kids' consignment sale. I think that's a win-win situation!