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!


  1. I don't know what I'd do without my droid. The money it has made me pays for itself every month, but the money its SAVES me is priceless. Whew saved me so soooo much money! I don't dig risk buying anymore!

  2. I'd like to know more about consignment sales. Where do I find these?

  3. Megan--I just found this website:

    it seems to be a pretty good resource. Every area is different, though. Consignment sales are a big deal where I live, but in Maryland where I used to live there weren't too many. I hope you do have them, though, because they are great!

  4. Wow, that's a shame about your phone! It might be worth investing in a heavy duty case. I know it's saved mine a few times when my daughter commandeers it and then subsequently drops it. I have an Otterbox Defender. I've downloaded the Craig's List and Ebay apps thanks to you and can't wait to go on my first sale-ing adventure! Love reading your posts!

  5. I'm hoping I can be successful at this ebay thing and it will convince my hubby to get me a smartphone :). Thanks for the informative post! I'm so not tech-savvy and all of those features sound amazing. Sorry about your phone :(.

  6. Your most recent two posts don't seem to be allowing comments. Just wanted to let you know.

  7. I was also going to let you know that the first two posts on the homepage aren't allowing comments. Not sure why?

    Megan - There's also another site called which I quite like. There's also a VERY informative blog if you read the archives, it's

    Jen, so sorry to hear about the phone! But I read your recent post & am SO excited they gave you a free replacement! How amazing.

  8. Just found your blog and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Is there a way to see completed listings on the Ebay app? (I have a Droid). We got ourselves completely out of debt several years ago by buying and reselling books. Since then we have had a precious little boy and 80+ garage sales in a weekend does not work with for us anymore. I have missed the thrill of the bargain hunt. I go to a few sales now to look for things for our little guy so I am excited to try my hand at some toy "hunting" and reselling.


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