How to Have Access to Classified Ads closer to home.
We live in a small town of about 9,000 people and don’t have our own Craigslist location local to us. The Craigslist that we do have is for the whole corner of our state. Things are usually at least an hour away from us and people just don’t post on there very much.
If you’re a frugal, rummage saling, buy used, DIY type of person, you want to see the ads of what people have for sale, but how do you do that without Craigslist or buying the local paper? My sister clued me in to the answer. She showed me what they do in their county using Facebook. So I decided to follow her county’s example.
What I did was start a swap group for our whole county on Facebook and named it “Your County Swap & Shop”. I set it up as a Closed Group so that all our friends won’t have to see every post and comment that is posted on our wall. I added all of my friends that I knew lived in that county and told them that they should do the same. I was hesitant to try it at first, but when I did, I had 1000 members within a couple weeks and the ads haven’t stopped rolling in. While I haven’t bought anything there yet (I’ve tried but I’m never quick enough!), I’ve sold a couple things. I love having the for sale ads come to me free to my inbox.
If you aren’t a member of a group like this local to you, I’d consider doing a search for one on Facebook. If you can’t find one in your area, start one!