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How to Buy and Sell Things on Facebook: Learn the lingo to make money!

Learn how to use Facebook to get items for your DIY projects

So I am the first one to say I was a little skeptical of using Facebook groups to buy and sell things. However, having children changed that. I realized I can buy and sell things on Facebook and easily make or save money!

I also LOVE using these groups to score free or cheap items for all of my DIY projects. Our Little Tykes playhouse makeover and this amazing mid-century modern dresser are two AWESOME examples of items I was able to score for FREE!

Free dresser found on Facebook Buy-Sell-Trade Groups
Free Midcentury Modern Dresser Found in Buy-Sell-Trade Groups on Facebook

The biggest learning curve I had to figure out in these groups, was the lingo people used in the BST (Buy-Sell-Trade) groups. Once you have a system down, it really is super simple to buy and sell things on Facebook.

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How do you find free things to give DIY makeovers?

-My favorite way to buy and sell things is through local Facebook Groups

-Garage sales

-Thrift stores

-Scanning great neighborhoods on trash day (my city has bulk pick-up day certain times a year and people LOVE to get rid of things then)

Garage sales more your thing? Check out tips from my DIY blogger friend at A Country Girl’s Life about how she using garage sales to make extra money!

Tips for using your local Facebook Groups

I recently starting to even SELL a lot of our old things in Facebook Buy-Sell-Trade groups. Check to see if you have one in your area or county. Normally you have to be accepted by administrators to be in the group. I guess they are trying to see if you are a real person.

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When you go to list your item in a group, Facebook will also ask if you would like to list in Facebook Marketplace. Sometimes I am able to sell things this way, but most of the time I have more success in the Facebook groups that have administrators that you can report problems to.

Warning about buying and selling on Facebook….

At least how I use Buy/Sell Trade groups, there is a certain amount of trust involved in transactions. If picking something up, my husband will normally go, as I do not feel comfortable going myself. I also try to see if the person has sold things before, etc.

If you ever have a doubt that something may not be safe, then ask to meet at a public location or even in your police station’s parking lot!

As for selling in these groups, I do porch pick-up or as some people list (PPU). I don’t have a porch, but I put a box by my garage with the items they are going to pick up. I keep my garage door closed. 

In the box, there is an envelope so that my buyer can come and grab what they purchased and place CASH in the envelope. I instruct my buyer via Facebook messenger about the procedure.

I don’t want to jinx myself, but so far so good on just starting to get rid of the junk and add new toys and furniture that I can makeover for my family’s needs!

Lingo and terminology used in Facebook Buy-Sell-Trade Groups

PPU-porch pick-up

EUC-Excellent Used Condition

Smoke-Free Home

Pet- Free Home

FCFS-First Come First Serve

NWT-New With Tags

NWOT-New Without Tags

PM-Private Message

OBO-Or Best Offer

NH-No holds

Be Patient using Facebook Buy-Sell-Trade Groups and Good LUCK!

Lastly, there is a little bit of LUCK, patience and persistence to score things for FREE! Just keep working at it eventually you will get something AWESOME that might just need a little extra love.

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Friday 31st of January 2020

I used to sell tons on FB, but it seems like the well is running dry. Great post to list all the lingo needed!


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Thanks, Michelle! When I first started finding things on Facebook, I had to look up the lingo used in the buy-sell-trade groups. I am glad that you find this list of Facebook terminology helpful.

Jen Towkaniuk

Friday 31st of January 2020

My husband is obsessed with Facebook Marketplace and now I think I know why. I didn't know how much great stuff you could find there and sell there. Thanks for this informative post!


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Yes, I was skeptical of using these Facebook Buy-Sell-Trade groups, but it has been a great way to find cheap things for DIY projects.

Lisa Marie Alioto

Friday 31st of January 2020

i"ve never done this - this was a great, informative read. Thanks for the lowdown on this!


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Hi Lisa. I am glad you loved learning about and all the lingo to using Buy-Sell-Trade groups to make money and save money on Facebook.


Thursday 30th of January 2020

I personally have not sold not bought from FB but I've been curious about it for a long time. Seems like such a cool side hustle.


Friday 31st of January 2020

Hi Corinne. I really only use Facebook to buy or get things for free for my DIY projects and to sell children's things. The best part is that you start to become a little more organized the more that you get rid of!

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