By Ariel Rogers
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
GRAND LEDGE – Garage sale season is alive and well even during the winter months on the Grand Ledge Area Garage Sale Facebook group. The group was started by Holly Jenks in October 2012 and currently has more than 3,300 members.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that in just 15 months we’d have nearly 4,000 members,” Jenks said.
Jenks started the page in 2012 after seeing garage sale groups on Facebook and saw that there was not one for Grand Ledge. Members of the group post advertisements looking for used items to buy, or post their used items to sell. Items are typically sold on a first-come first-served basis, but sometimes are bought by the person with the best offer. The Meijer parking lot and McDonald’s are common places for members to meet to carry out the sale.
Jenks finds the time to engage and participate in sales on the page she created when she’s not busy working full-time and running her own business.
“I did actually purchase a brand new Coach wallet on [the page] last month, which had never been used,” Jenks said. “It was a stellar find.”
Nicole Bradford frequently buys things from people on the page.
“I like [the group] because it’s hard to find sales during the winter,” Bradford said. “I love garage sales, so this [is just] an online version of that.”
Bradford buys more often than she sells and is always on the lookout for baby and toddler clothes, knick-knacks and decorations.
Marissa Colberg is a mother of two young boys and also uses the group to purchase clothing for her children.
“I am always on the hunt for clothes, shoes, toys and games,” Colberg said. “I don’t have to shell out a boatload of money on things that won’t be used long because [the kids] grow fast or are destructive at times.”
Michelle Hayward uses the Facebook page to sell handmade hats, potholders, dishcloths and kitchen towels.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve had great success, but I’ve sold quite a few things,” Hayward said.
Jenks said that one of the page’s co-administrators made $1,300 during her first month of using the page.
“It just depends on who is looking at the page that day,” Hayward said.
The Facebook page connects thrifty Grand Ledge residents beyond just saving money or scoring a good deal.
“I’ve met a lot of great people from the page,” Jenks said. “I just hope that I’ve helped to bring our wonderful community a little bit closer to each other.”
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