Garage Sale At The Cloister

The Cloister Homeowners Association is sponsoring The Cloister Community Garage Sale on Saturday, October 8.  Barbara Swift and Betty Lingerfelt are the Co-chairs of this event and their announcement in the monthly Association newsletter “The Cloister News” has some good hints and suggestions. It’s a great opportunity to get rid of a lot of “treasure”. Bonney and I will set things up inside the garage in advance behind closed garage doors. On the morning of the sale we will lift the garage door and move some of the goods outside in the driveway to initially attract the people and lure them into the garage where we will  have arranged most of the stuff.

We will post an ad in Craigslist listing various items and categories along with some pictures. If anyone is interested in placing their own ad on Craigslist describing some of the items to be sold, here is the information. These ads cost nothing except personal effort to post them.

How to Post Your Ad on Craigslist

1 When you are on the Craigslist website, it will have a long list if states, cities, and countries outside the U.S. Click on the targeted area where you want to post.

2 Select the category you wish to post your advertisement, then click on the right side of the page where it says in blue print ‘Post’.

3 Next pick For Sale then pick Garage Sale.

4 Now it is time to write your ad. Think of a headline that will stand out from the rest. Remember that you have competition with other advertisers so make sure to write a catchy title for your ad so you will gain many readers.

5 Make your description clear. If necessary, make it short, simple and to the point.

6 After making a headline and description, type in your email address your can readers can reply to your ad.

7 Click on ‘continue’ and you will see a preview of your ad and below will be a verification code. Type in the letters and numbers correctly and move on to the next page.

8 Read the Terms of Use. After reading the agreement, click on the button and you will will be ask to check your email so the ad can go live. You will have a email from Craigslist to activate the link. Your ad is finally posted for all to see.

Here is a sample screen of a Nashville Craigslist listing:

Sample Craigslist Page

Tips & Warnings

  1. If you do not want anyone to view your personal email address, don’t worry. Craigslist automatically post your email address anonymously.
  2. As they say, a picture is worth a thousands of words. You may have more success posting pictures, especially in the personal ads, housing or of the items you are selling.
  3. Do not spam the website. If you must gain traffic at least post to five different cities, rewording your descriptions. Because if you go overboard with spamming, there is a high chance that your ad will constantly get flagged. Also Craigslist will spot this, ‘ghost your’ ad and it will not be available for all to see.
  4. Never post in the wrong category or your ad is violates the Terms of Use. Your ad can be flagged immediately.
  5. Be careful that your ad does not offend anyone. One wrong word can set some people off and have you reported.

Good luck with your sale!


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