Local Facebook yard sale grows like a weed

A Facebook group called Pulaski County & Radford Yardsale is growing in popularity. It’s an invitation-only group similar to Craigslist: members post objects that they’re either selling or looking for, then the seller and buyer meet somewhere in Radford or Pulaski County (hence the name).

You will really "Like" this yard sale page. Graphic by Amanda Gravely.

You will really “Like” this yard sale page. Graphic by Amanda Gravely.

There’s such a variety of items posted that you never know what you’ll get. Anything from dogs to trucks is fair game, so checking the site regularly is extremely advantageous. Furniture items that would go well in dorms or college apartments are posted on the site at fantastic prices. Students should take advantage of this when moving into a dorm or moving off campus for the first time.

Like all websites, there is some risk of being scammed. The best way to avoid this is to learn as much about the seller as possible before going through the transaction. Another good idea is to inspect all of the items that you plan to buy. For instance, if you are after electronics, make sure your items work before you put any money down.

Most importantly, you should meet in a public place if possible. Your chances of getting hurt or scammed are much less likely if the transaction occurs in a place where there are lots of other people. While it is unlikely that you would get hurt at all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Ultimately, the site functions as a virtual yard sale. It operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Haggling is always welcome, unless otherwise stated. The items are unique and often original (sometimes even homemade). Many of the clothing items are fairly inexpensive and only slightly used. This site is a great resource for all things; make sure to visit with an open mind and a full wallet.