Garage Sale Helper


This was a Google Design exercise.I designed an experience that makes it easier for sellers to proactively inventory their goods and list them for sale. In addition, the other side of the marketplace helped bargain hunters find the needle in a haystack and save money on products they’re looking for. In a matter of 4 days I researched the problem, sized up the common classified based apps, defined personas and designed a P2P garage sale app connecting buyers and sellers quickly. I spent 2 hours on discovery and research.  Then, spent 4 hours on compiling the research together, sketches, wireframes, and visual design mockups.


  • • User Experience
  • • UI Design
  • • Content Strategy
  • • User Research


    Preparing your own garage sale is often a daunting task. It’s also difficult for potential buyers to discover your merchandise. In researching the problem I observed and learned a few key things about discovering garage sales and knowing when to visit.




    Streamline the way people sell used goods with other locals. With Garage Finds sellers can set up a garage sale in less than 10 mins and buyers can find things they want at the right time and place.



    Capturing photos and inventory on one action

    1- creating-garage-sale-flow

    The goal here was to eliminate the common add a title and description convention found in most classified apps and websites. This was in an effort to collect information that could be used to help buyers find items easily by matching search queries with the metadata shared from the items added to the seller’s inventory. This was all in an effort to reduce the extended amounts of time in building out the seller’s inventory and having a solve for categorizing things easily.


    Camera in batch mode

    2- camera-ui

    The goal here was to eliminate the common convention and allow the user to continuously capture photos without the “check photo” prompt and in turn help the user continue capturing all of the items nearby swiftly. 


    Making things findable

    The goal here was to give the user any opportunity to review all items captured, classify them and decide on whether or not they wanted to remove or continue adding items. At this point the user can publish the garage sale event or save for later recovery.

    Switching from buyer to seller

    Without alienating both personas I designed a toggle to jump from being a seller to a buyer quickly. After toggling to each type the experience would then be curated around the needs of the personas.

    5 - Mocks


    Buyer experience

    While viewing the homescreen buyers can swipe through a feed of garage sales and see their items before actually tapping into the garage sale listing. This saves the buyer time and allows for quick browsing on items in the nearby area. Buyers can also tap on the sellers profile and learn more about them and follow to learn more about upcoming garage sales or make an offer on an actual item. 


    Toggling between feed and map view

    Leveraging the location provided for the garage sale the seller would help us map out the different garage sales happening in the nearby area depending where you are.The feed would be made up of nearby garage sales fetched by the GPS on the mobile device allowing buyers to see what’s conveniently available nearby. This helps the buyer in finding things wherever they go and be informed about any items they’re watching or have on their want to buy list. Buyers can search for particular item in the nearby area or browse garage sales on a map view.


    Seller experience

    The seller has a curated experience to make planning a garage sale easy, view upcoming planned events, access to all things in their inventory and any messages they might have received from buyers. This screen in turn would change after the garage sale end date arrives. The seller would then be able to re-list the event effortlessly, donate items and have them picked up buy a local charity or just cancel the event outright.  


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