Online garage sale trend 'liked' by many

7:40 AM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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BIG LAKE, Minn. - September is the month when school starts and garage sales have a tendency to stop, at least the ones where you physically follow the signs with the arrows on them which can be found in neighborhoods all over Minnesota.

But throughout the winter months you can find sales online, just like you would in the garage, you simply have to know where to look.

"I think Facebook is pretty addictive to a lot of people to be honest with you," chuckled Big Lake's Kim Lundeen.

Lundeen spotted something on Facebook about a year ago, a sort of virtual marketplace of all sorts of stuff being purchased and sold and with his closets full of things he had an idea.

"I thought, boy, if the one I created gets over a thousand likes, that's huge success and now it's over 2,000," Lundeen said.

His Big Lake Area Buy-Sell-Trade site now has 2,134 members. Anybody who has something to sell can do it on the Facebook page.

As administrator, Lundeen has created a few rules, but for the most part, you join, take a picture of what you have, put a price on it, and post.

"I've seen cars sell on there, and I've seen a $2 pair of jeans sell on there," explained Lundeen.

"Some stuff is only listed for five, 10 minutes and it's sold."

Additionally, variations of similar pages are in communities all over the state.

The Lake Minnetonka area has Buy, Sell or Free.

The Alexandria Lakes Area has two -- Swap and Shop, along with Sell, Swap and Trade, with collectively more than 9,000 members.

So, when the snow flies, and if you find yourself get that garage sale itch, scratch it with the one that's online. There are plenty of "city administrators" that would be happy to "add" you.

"It's kind of interesting to see what the people have to offer and the people that are buying it," said Lundeen.

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