From VarageSale Inc. comes an interesting, good-looking, and very useful app for buying and selling online, Varage Sale. A “Virtual Garage Sale”, how it is called online, has hundreds of thousands of users, a lot of positive reviews, and it grosses big digits. The main responsible for this app is the elementary school teacher Tammy Zuckerman, from Montreal.
She had an idea to create a service for people who are interested in buying and selling online especially at garage sales. The service performed exceptionally well and received funds from several investors to become an official startup. The growing base of users worldwide give the high ratings to this app.
“We built this platform for families. We wanted to build a family friendly environment that is safe, so we require people to use their real identities to use the platform.” Mrs. Tammy Zuckerman, CEO of Varage Sale: Buy. Sell. Shop. Local.
Varage Sale: Buy. Sell. Shop. Local. improves the user experience while online selling and shopping, bringing the world to the local garage sales to our mobile displays. The core value is safety here – you get to see who is selling you the product in person. After few successful years, VarageSale Inc. has moved to Toronto, on a way to expand, continually winning awards in various segments. (App of The Year in Canada)
Let’s see what this app does, how it looks like, how it performs, and how it scores.
Varage Sale Design & Features
The app is designed professionally; the elements are set to provide the maximum functionality, with a range of possibilities and categories. White, blue, and orange dominate the interface, alongside the big images, clear and well-formatted structure, and flawless functioning. The app is snappy, vivid and engaging, and after logging in, the real fun begins.
The first thing you’ll notice after the big logo is the “Find your Community” section, on top of the image of two ladies exchanging goods. You can choose between “I’m new, find my community!” and “I already have an account” options. You can search for your location manually by entering your ZIP code, or automatically, by turning on your GPS. After your location is set, you get to set up your account.
The classic procedure – enter your email, your password, your Facebook profile (it’s not possible to have an account without the Facebook verification), and the details regarding the app functioning. When the initial setup is complete, you can start exploring the neighborhood garage sales in your area. This section of the app looks great, and the overall appearance in the drawings resembles both vintage iOS design combined with Android Material design. You can have the “Quick Tour” where the app displays a tutorial that explains the whole concept.
To join a particular community, you have to be accepted by the admin/community manager (it usually takes some time, and you get notified when it happens), and then you can set off to start your selling/buying endeavor on Varage Sale. When you’re done with setting up, and you get accepted to a community, you get a small tutorial of the app’s features and possibilities, on which you can post items, comment on things that you like, follow categories to find something you’re interested in and more. You get a beautiful banner to invite your Facebook friends to enrich the community with your presence and your potential items. Again, everything is designed with the cartoonish fashion, simplicity, and functionality. The app really looks great.
When you’re a part of the community (you’ll get a notification, and a welcome message from the community manager), you get to browse through the items that are listed for sale. Depending on the size of the community, you can expect more than enough items to browse for several hours. And the good thing is – every product has a good picture, description, and tags:
- Sale pending
Above the image, there is information about the seller, including his personal info, his activity, and his additional items, if available.
If you’re a bargain hunter, you’ll love Varage Sale app. The prices are the same as in the average garage sale, and you can find plenty of great deals here. If you want to sell something on the Varage Sale app, there is a simple interface that posts photos from your album (the app will ask for permission to use your photos), and you just insert the information of the item that’s on sale. When the interested buyer contacts you, you make an agreement, meet in person, and exchange goods. After the merchandise is sold, you update the status of the item to “Sold”, and close the deal.
When looking for new items you click on a particular listing, you get additional info, photos, and possibilities to ask the seller a question about the product. Next, you have the “Interested” button, which directly notifies the seller that you’d like to buy the item. You can share the product on your social networks or your different communities in Varage Sale, and watch the product, where you’ll get notified of any changes and updates.
There is a lot of goods that you can find on Varage Sale app; they’re all categorized and labeled for easy recognition and access. Categories are featured as a button at the bottom of the screen, and they are accessible anytime. Next, you have Messages, where all of your conversations are sorted, looking like Facebook Messenger, Notifications, and More, which provides additional features. My Stuff, My Transactions, Discussions, Top Member Progress, About This Community (depending on the community you’re in), and Search.
Varage Sale app has a huge base of users, which grows every day. The average score on the Apple App Store is 4+, and more than 5000 positive reviews ensure that this app lives up to its name. There are a ton of people who make great money using this app, and some communities are very developed. If you’re looking to buy or sell something, this is a great opportunity.
The app is located in the Shopping section in the Apple App Store, and it is free to download. It takes 49.5 MB, and it is compatible with all Apple devices with iOS 7 and higher.