Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Guest Post - Technology and the art of garage sale shopping


I love all the wonderful blogging mommies that I have met over the
past few years and Christy is one of those. 
She has a fantastic blog that not only highlights national deals,
she also really focuses on Blount County and Maryville.
She has ever so kindly agrees to write this 
guest post for me - I hope you all enjoy it!
And make sure to visit her at ThriftyChristy!

Technology and the art of garage sale shopping
I have been visiting garage sales on the weekends ever since I can remember. My parents took me to yard sales when I was small, and now I’m doing the same for my two daughters. They see the whole experience as a treasure hunt.
Planning for a garage sale trip used to involve a newspaper and a highlighter, and while that method is still useful, there are a number of online options that can simplify the process. 
You can always head out the door with no plan other than to drive around and look for signs. However, if you take a little time to plan a trip, your experience can be even more fun (and you can save on gas, as well!)
Here are some of the online garage sale resources I’ve been using lately:
·         GSALR.com or the GSALR app for iPhone : This is the resource I use most. It pulls the garage sale listings for your area from Craigslist and allows you to map them out by location. It also allows you to create a driving route, complete with directions from sale to sale. You can visit the website, or you can download the iPhone app so that you can locate sales when you’re on the road. The app is $3, but you can sometimes find it on sale.
·         Yard Sale Treasure Map (yardsaletreasuremap.com):  This site has an “optimize route” feature that calculates the fastest route to visit all the garage sales that interest you.
·         Garage Sales Tracker (garagesaletracker.com): Another great listing of sales, plus they offer an iPhone app that’s FREE.
·         East TN Garage Sales Facebook page(facebook.com/EastTn.GarageSales): A source for local sales, plus some in-depth sale descriptions and fan interaction.

Another website you may enjoy for informational rather than planning purposes is 127sale.com. The 127 Sale is otherwise known as the “World’s Longest Garage Sale,” and it takes place August 4-7.
I hope these resources save you a little time as you plan your weekend treasure-hunting trips!

Christy Bramblett lives in Maryville, TN where she is a full-time mom and youth minister’s wife. She writes the monthly “Thrifty Christy” column for the Blount Today, and blogs daily about ways to save and serve in Blount County. You can find her at thriftychristy.com.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks Kathryn! Hope you're enjoying your vacation!

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