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Online Garage Sale - Go to Facebook page for many Longview residents

By Richard Yeakley
June 17, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

If you live in Longview and are looking for a deal, a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/260751257327624/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> with more than 6,000 members may be your best, first choice.

The "Longview On-Line Garage Sale" Facebook page is a watering hole for thousands of East Texans that want to buy, sell, and trade, but not just on Saturday morning.

Ryan Jacobs, a LeTourneau University student from Longview, said he regularly checks the site, but will only buy if the seller is willing to negotiate.

"I use Craigslist also, and I think the advantage to the Facebook site is that people usually reply back quickly and they are near Longview if not in Longview," Jacobs said. 

As of Monday, the site sat at 6,383 members.

New items are posted about every 30 minutes and sellers get five posts a day. The site is run by a team of administrators who, according to one post, do not get paid for their efforts, but instead do it to let people "buy/sell locally."

"If an admin messages you, please do the polite thing and respond. Guys, we do this for FREE. This isn't a paying gig. It is a lot of work and we have families and lives too so please take that into consideration," wrote page administrator Lori Kay Riley McAdams on Jan. 25.

Items for sale range from games, to furniture, to houses and cars, and for those looking for clothing items there is a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/430858323614325/?fref=ts">second page</a> with 3,167 members of its own and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/323991214376384/?fref=ts">a third</a> for makeup, jewelry and purses with a little more than 1,000 members.

Katelyn Canche, who paused an interview when a buyer from the site arrived at her to pick up a coffee pot, said she loved the site.

"The site is constantly getting new items and people are bumping items up to the top of the feed every couple seconds with their comments so items can move down to the bottom pretty fast.  I've never had problems with buying any 'lemons' but I'm guessing that could be a problem too.  The administrators on the site are awesome and the five post limit usually keeps people from posting too much crap," Canche said. 

Canche has sold multiple items from toys to furniture off the page but has yet to buy something.

"The site limits each seller to five posts a day.  Premiering an item or 'bumping' it to the top both count as one of those five so I usually use up all of my five posts everyday.  I have never bought anything but I have been tempted to," she said.

Joining the page is currently as simple as setting as requesting to be a member.

Happy Shopping!



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