Utah teachers are going online to buy, sell and trade their educational supplies.
“We are huge boarders by nature,” said Kelly Smith, a second-grade teacher at River Rock Elementary School in Lehi and the administrator of the Utah County Teacher Yard Sale Facebook group.
Smith, like many teachers, found herself with an abundance of items she didn’t need and a deficit of ones she did after switching grades. So she created her own Facebook indoor yard sale page for teachers to post what they want to sell, talk about products they like, alert each other about sales and connect with each other.
“Mostly I did it just to help other teachers, especially new teachers, so they can ask questions,” Smith said.
Smith’s page had about 50 members as of Thursday afternoon. Other pages, like the Utah Valley Teachers’ Yard Sale and the Utah Teacher Exchange have hundreds of members.
Smith said teachers have limited space to store items they aren’t using and can be hesitant to donate items to thrift stores because most shoppers wouldn’t know how they are used.
Buying supplies online often means the items aren’t on sale, she said, and shipping costs can be high.
Smith’s school will have a table set out where teachers can trade supplies, but Smith said there’s always items left over.
Smith predicts a lot of what will be sold in her group will be books, which could be sent between teachers in Alpine School District using inner-school mail.
Teachers cannot sell items provided by their school or district.