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Garage Sale Checkout App developed in eastern Iowa


The Farmer family in Cedar Falls likes to have garage sales, but Paul Farmer doesn't like the mess of stickers and notebooks typically associated with garage sales.

That's why about a year ago he went searching for an app to hopefully make the sales go a little more smoothly. But Paul Farmer couldn't find an app specifically for a garage sale or a yard sale.

"So I started creating it on paper and found a neighbor who makes video games to help me create it," said Paul Farmer.

Paul and his neighbor worked throughout the summer to create the Garage Sale Checkout App, which just became available for sale a couple weeks ago.

"I've had nothing but great reviews, and that's exciting. Anytime I can make little shifts to make life simpler, that's what I'm all about," said Farmer.

The app features quick keys, which you can customize. It even helps you calculate change.

"The checkout process is so much quicker with the quick keys versus adding it up in your head or with a calculator. Plus, it itemizes it all on the side so you can see everything going in," he said.

The app allows for five different sellers at one time and automatically separates items sold and money earned for each family.

"The biggest feature is it keeps the different sellers money separated. Our money versus the neighbor going in with you, so at the end of the day, you're not trying to add up those different stickers," said Farmer.

Paul Farmer said he really wanted an app everyone can use, not just people who are tech savvy.

"My grandma who's 88 can do this. So anybody can," he said.

A tutorial video comes with the app, which walks you through set up and customization.

Paul Farmer said if this goes well, he does have a few other app ideas in the works.

The Garage Sale Checkout App is available on ITunes, Amazon and the Android Market.

You pay a one-time fee of $2.99 for the app and a tutorial video.

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