Having a searchable map-first view of nearby sales along with directions and a routing tool have taken garage sale day prep work from an antiquated paper-and-pen process to a quick and easy point-and-click experience.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) August 05, 2013
Gsalr.com will help more than 400,000 people find or advertise garage sales in their local area this week, reaching an all-time high number of site users. The website, which claims to be “the internet’s largest garage sale, yard sale and estate sale marketplace,” offers mapping tools, sale details and images, a garage sale trip planner, and an iPhone app -- all free of charge.
Users of the website have nearly doubled over the past few months, leading to nearly 2.5 million users over the past year. Both the number of sales across the U.S. and the number of “garage salers”—an affectionate label for garage sale junkies—searching online have inspired Gsalr.com co-founder Mike Judkins to search for more ways to serve the $4 million-per-week garage sale market.
"We wanted to create a tool that would allow people to easily narrow in on the types of stuff they are interested in buying and help them locate the very best sales in their area,” says Judkins.
“Having a searchable map-first view of nearby sales along with directions and a routing tool have taken garage sale day prep work from an antiquated paper-and-pen process to a quick and easy point-and-click experience."
Since its inception, Gsalr.com has aimed to bring garage sales into the 21st century. In order to find sales in their local area, garage salers previously had to search newspaper classifieds or text listings online. The lack of efficient location-based mapping tools for garage sales has given rise to sophisticated Web and mobile apps. In addition to its free mapping services for buyers and sellers, Gsalr.com offers an iPhone app and a widget that can be embedded into any website, showing sales in a specific geographic location.
There are approximately 22,000 garage sales happening across America this week, according to Gsalr.com, which displays a rolling number on the top right corner of its homepage. Beyond the pragmatic purpose of allowing people to post and find garage sales, Gsalr.com aims to be a resource for the modern garage saler community, which now relies on blogs and Facebook pages as primary communication tools. Gsalr.com sends direct emails to over 175,000 monthly subscribers and features an ever-growing social community keen to post or comment on the latest and weirdest garage sale finds.
To view current garage sales anywhere in North America, visit Gsalr.com.