Ok, so I am convinced that Buy Sell Trade Groups, or virtual garage sales as I like to call them, are the best thing since sliced bread!
Being the thrifty, deal-seeking, money-conscious woman that I am, when I first heard about BST groups 3 years ago through an old friend of mine, I was intrigued. I’ve been hooked ever since and over the years I come across some great finds.
But wait. Let’s rewind for a second. For those of you who don’t have a clue as to what I’m talking about, BST groups are basically like Craigslist except they’re on Facebook. Most of the time the groups are set up by counties. For example, I belong to St. Charles County Buy Sell Trade. Others have multiple counties listed in the title: Harvester, St. Peters, Ofallon Buy Sell Trade, or even one major part of town like North County Buy Sell Trade. (Of course the names of these counties will look foreign to those of you who don’t reside in Missouri). If you’re new to the BST world, click here to read my article on BST etiquette and lingo.
Anywho, on BST groups members post the pictures, description and price of items they are looking to sell. Interested parties then comment on the post if they are interested in the item. In most cases people type “interested”, (or “int” for short), or “next” to get in line if there are a number of people that have already expressed interest. Here’s an example:
After you express interest in the item, you then contact the seller via a personal message and arrange a day, time, and location to meet and pick up the item. Most people meet in the parking lot of public places such as a grocery store, library, or restaurant. For more expensive items (i.e. laptops, cell phones, etc.) , I suggest meeting in the parking lot of your local police department.
In some cases, for example when I was selling an office desk, I had the buyer come to my home to pick it up, however I would not recommend this. Personally I’ve never had any issues with home pick-ups, but better safe than sorry. I would also suggest that you don’t go to anyone’s house to pick-up an item either. If you choose to do so, be sure to take someone with you.
Ok so back to why BST groups are so awesome! Perhaps it would better described in a list:
- Tons of bargains
- Local shopping/selling
- Same-day pick-up (in most cases)
- Make extra cash
- Option to trade
Apart from buying, selling, and trading, BST groups are a great way to talk with and get advise from other members in the group. For example, I belong to a BST group that is for buying, selling, and trading items for children in my neighboring county, however often times we exchange parenting tips and advice. Side Note: It was on this group that I was able to recruit a fellow mom to bring one of my Pinterest pins to life…you can read all about that here.
Moral of the story: Next time you’re struggling to get out of bed at the crack of dawn to go garage sale hunting, remember you have the option of simply logging into Facebook instead.