A new secondhand marketplace app called “Karrot” recently launched on the Upper West Side. Each of Karrot’s marketplaces are local, and anyone you sell to or buy from will be nearby within a six-mile radius. (Most transactions are actually completed in person.) You might also find people giving stuff away for free.
“All my 15 transactions so far have been with neighbors living within a few blocks. I feel much safer dealing with neighbors nearby, and it is easier to decide where to meet and the response time is faster,” says one user.
Karrot has also made safety a top priority: Unlike other apps, all Karrot users have to be verified with their locations and phone numbers, and simple rating systems let you further vet the people you trade with. Moreover, Karrot’s Covid-19 safety guideline ensures users interact in a safe environment.
“Needless to say, Karrot is a must-have. Best second-hand market ever. I’ve managed to buy Samsung’s 55-inch 4K UHD TV for $120 and IKEA sofa from a neighbor on Riverside Blvd,” said another user.
If you’re looking to sell an item, it will take you about 30 seconds to post it. Take a few photos of the item, upload them on the app with your offer price, and it will be visible to your neighbors nearby. If you’re a buyer, use the search function to find the item you need and also check out what your neighbors are selling. If you’re not sure about the item, you can “favorite” it and get updates (like if the price drops).
“I sold my 3-year old daughter’s almost brand-new sweater to a mom two blocks away. It felt so great to give new life to unwanted items and to reduce waste, making my minimalist dreams come true,” another Karrot user exclaimed.
I’m a firm believer in the Six-Month Clutter Rule, meaning if you haven’t used it, worn it, played with it, or missed it for 6 months, it’s safe to get rid of. Look around your living space, and Let’s Karrot!