“Our families would like to send a huge Thank You to all who stopped by our group Yard Sale this holiday weekend that we held in Ascutney on Rt. 5. Many folks told us they saw the ad on Front Porch Forum. At least 5 families provided items for sale including a little guy (age 5) who cleaned out his own toys to make some money to buy a train he wants. It was fun to see him explain toys to little ones younger than him and get them to make a choice. Again, many, many Thank Yous!”
• Linda, West Windsor FPF
Thank you to the folks who dutifully post our happenings, thoughts, advertisements and questions on the Winooski Front Porch Forum. Everything I have ever desired to sell has gone quickly and safely through advertising on the FPF. And, so it was again that my sofa and chair disappeared in record time.
It is time to donate to FPF as thanks, and I intend to make good on that promise. Expect my check this week. Thanks so much!
Lisa posted the following on the Front Porch Forum in West Windsor, Vermont, a few days ago…
I came home this morning to grab my 4 winter tires (Nokian studded snows) and they were GONE! I paid $650 for those tires just last year so I could live here, so I could get to work, make a life.
That was taken from me. I have no money to replace those tires and don’t know how I will be able to keep my job.
The police can’t help.
If anyone hears any rumors about someone selling used Nokian studded snows or knows of anyone who may have some information, please contact me…
I guess this is a reminder to watch for ourselves and our neighbors. Maybe it’s a good time to introduce ourselves to our neighbors BEFORE something bad happens. Maybe together, as a community, we can have safe homes/neighborhoods to live in.
Thieves are obviously in the area 🙁
Although she has yet to recover her tires, the FPF posting did net something else for her and her neighbors…
I want to thank the people in our community for the kind responses I received, after posting on Front Porch Forum.
It was heartwarming to come home to several e-mails, offering kind words and even offers of tires! Unfortunately, none fit but the kind offers meant so much more than any set of tires.
Tires can be replaced. The kindness of others is priceless.
This is what FPF really shines at- avoiding craigslist and finding good homes for your treasures locally to people you actually know! My old workhorse has a new stable, as it were. Thanks FPF and the buyers of the saw!
Dave in Bristol #VT just shared this nugget. He had a trampoline he was looking to unload. He listed it on Craigslist Vermont for a month… no calls. Almost immediately after posting it on the Bristol Front Porch Forum he heard from seven neighbors!
I wish I had 7 to give away after the responses in the first hours after posting.
We hear this kind of thing again and again. FPF can be a super-effective way to buy, sell, give away, etc. The big differentiator… your posting reaches people who are not actively looking for what you have/want. But when they read your FPF posting, some of them think… “Yeah… I’d love a trampoline!”
Online classifieds are a dime a dozen… but many of these services are failing lately. As reported on Local Onliner…
Jay Schauer, a friend who runs Ad2Ad.com, … complains that “people seem to assume that classified advertising is an easy business to understand and enter. It’s not. It’s a business that demands fierce commitment to localization, understanding the nature of the small local advertiser, and a commitment to small, individual sales.”
Schauer notes that it is “hard ground for start-ups driven by dreams of an IPO. In the past year I’ve seen three competitors drown. Two others are careening toward the treacherous shoals…
“What those failing groups seem to have lacked is the desire to get down and get real with the individual advertiser who will actually pay for classifieds. That customer is not rich, not sophisticated, not interested in pretty, elegant or cool.”
He goes on to note that “the bulk of classified advertisers live in small towns and tight neighborhoods. They don’t build social networks. They are typically the salt of the earth — and hence of little interest to VCs. This customer wants RESULTS FAST. They want to get information to their neighbors — who are also their customers. Most important, they will pay a reasonable price to do so.”
“Classifieds are not pretty,” says Schauer. “But the economic engine they support is large and remains robust. More important, the neighbor-to-neighbor business interaction is core to the strength of the greater economy and to our political well-being.”
While Front Porch Forum is more about neighborhood conversation than classified ads, many of the postings are, essentially, classified ads shared among clearly identified nearby neighbors. And FPF postings often out perform classified ads on Craigslist and other platforms. In fact, a member just posted this on FPF in Burlington’s Old North End…
Hi Neighbors, In my recent posting offering to sell several items (coffee table, accordion, shelves, etc.) I received way more response then I ever expected! I sold/gave the items to those offers which landed in my inbox first. I apologize to all those who I did not respond back to… if you did not hear back from me, the items are gone! Many thanks.