Friday, September 7, 2007

Cool Tool: Garage Sale Maps

If your weekends aren't complete without hitting an estate sale or two, and you're physically incapable of passing a garage sale without at least slowing down the car, then here's a great new tool for you:

Garage Sale Tips & Maps is a simple but ingenious invention that combines the functionality of Google Maps with craigslist's garage sale listings. Here's how it works:

Simply plug your starting point (your home, in-laws' place, hotel, whatever) into the address box and click the "Get Garage Sales" button. A map of your area immediately pops up, with an "H" for your house and red dots representing local sale locations. Click on the dots for basic info and a link to the garage sale's craigslist ad.

The tool will even plan your route for you. Just double-click the garage sale dots in the order you'd like to visit them and then click "Get Directions" for printable driving directions from each sale to the next and than back home again.

I do know about you, but I know what I'm doing tomorrow ...

Check out the garage sale mashup right here.


Paris Hotel Boutique said...

That's a great idea. Thanks for the tip! I wish I thought of that one! Lynn

Anonymous said...

Oh what a tip! I can't believe I'm going to have a system when I'm on the prowl now!

Jon Jacob said...

If you live in one of the 10 cities, currently serves (more to come in the spring), then you might prefer this version. Sales are inputted (for free) by the people that put them on. They are grouped into neighborhoods and organized by date. (Every week, thriftmapper lists dozens, sometimes over 100, sales per city.)

Of course, they are all put on maps which is the best part.

No routing yet, but you can create a list of favorites thereby creating your own customized list of sales.


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