Driving purchases on HappySale

Need a new car?

We’re thrilled to see automobiles on HappySale. It’s a huge milestone that they are up within two weeks of our app launching. From slightly used to lovingly restored, these autos will be perfect for their new owners.

Here’s a classic Porsche, for sale in Israel:

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Michael is from Ramat Gan and has a business for selling laptop batteries. About 4 years ago, as a birthday present for himself, he decided to travel to Germany and buy this car. He says he owned one just like it back when he was 21-22 and had wonderful memories from it.

So he flew from Israel to Germany, and there he bought the car. Drove it all the way to Antwerp, loaded it onto a ship and had it shipped to Israel.

He has been re-building it from the ground up for over 4 years now. Engine is completely overhauled, The car is in amazing conditions. Now he sees this project as complete. He feels its the right time to pass on the car to someone who will enjoy it more. He thinks its time for a new project.

Both overseas and in the US, cars are getting posted to the HappySale community. Here’a a BMW available in the Bay Area:

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Details like pricing are available right in the app. And you can simply click the Contact button to ask questions or purchase the car.

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It’s great to hear the stories behind the cars on HappySale. Download HappySale and you could find your next car!

A 2014 Goal: Out with the old

As a single woman in a big city, my accumulation of apartment furniture consists of IKEA purchases from my 20s, items from ex-boyfriends, and some newer, nicer pieces I’ve bought in the last year or two. One goal of mine for 2014 is to make some headway on my furniture situation, to swap out older things for those that reflect my taste.

This will be a somewhat slow process as I will have to save up for replacement items before getting rid of large pieces, but a great first step is adding some smaller things to HappySale.

For example, here are some lightly used desktop speakers, now available for just $15.

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My second posting is this TV stand. It’s time for me to move on to one that matches my style, and has more than one functioning door. But this is perfect for someone with a large TV who needs some storage too.

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This is free, just come pick it up.

Do you have any new year resolutions for your home?

HappySale tip: Share to Facebook Groups

When posting your HappySale, you have two options for sharing to Facebook. You can of course share to your own network and we recommend doing this for anything you post. But an even better idea is to share your HappySale to Groups you belong to on Facebook!

Look for neighborhood groups, reselling or swap organizations, flea and vintage groups or garage sale fans to join and share to. You can also find groups specific to your sale – gaming groups for games or sports groups for athletic equipment.

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The above post was shared to a ladies group I belong to. It’s well targeted, and gets the HappySale notice out to a network beyond Natalie’s immediate Facebook friends.

Other benefits? It’s likely to be seen by more people, because a group feed is a destination. And, group feeds generally don’t get updated as often as a home feed so it has more time to spread and be shared.

I’d just add a comment encouraging group members to share this to their friends as well – especially any chocoholics!

Friday Flea: Vintage Los Angeles

One of the best ways to find clothing with a history is by shopping flea markets and vintage sales. Where LA shines is its vintage collections and markets.

Our friends Linde Sayles and Hillary Justin run Just Say Native Vintage Studio on the side of their full time jobs. They offer a personalized shopping experience and offer amazing finds from the past.

A selection of vintage finds from Just Say Native

LA Vintage offers both a warehouse for shopping, and an online catalog, so if you aren’t in town you can still shop.

According to blogger Gala Darling, there are just three required Vintage stops in LA: Hidden Treasures, Playclothes and Shareen. Each looks amazing and unique.

Are there any other classic vintage spots in Southern California?

Photo Tips: Make the most of your HappySale

Photo by Nate Steiner

It makes sense that a good photo appeals to us, and will likely allow your beloved items to sell quickly and find their way to the best homes. To help you along in this, we compiled some tips to capture better images.

Allow the camera to properly focus: Be patient as your camera auto-focuses on your item. And remain still through the image capture so your photo can be as clear and crisp as possible.

Get good lighting: Photograph during the day when there’s good natural lighting. We like to position items close to a curtained/shaded window to cast diffused lighting – harsh direct light often makes things look too contrasted and blown-out.

Remove distractions: Take your item and place it on an empty table if it’ll fit, or if it’s larger, position it against a plain wall or background. Remove clutter from around the item to showcase it in all its glory.

Try multiple angles: Make sure to capture your item from various angles. It guarantees potential buyers can see what you are offering from each perspective.

Give these tips a try and let us know what you think!