Listia Stories: Making Friends & Saving Money

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to

allstar1_072215(suzhappy724) I joined Listia way back in 2010. I must say right now that “I am addicted to Listia!” My house is a littler dustier and we use mostly paper plates. I have learned to juggle my phone in one hand while ordering a pizza and my iPad in the other while trying to win an auction. I no longer have 2 full rooms devoted to Listia (future auction items, shipping supplies, etc.) but I have spread out to the attic and half the basement. Who needed that chest freezer and foosball table anyway?! My boxes and totes full of makeup and body lotions are far more important… aren’t they? You better believe it! And if it can’t be won on Listia then you can expect to get no birthday/Christmas gifts from me!! The people you meet here are the absolute BEST too because you just know that they have their own boxes and tubs and totes full of treasures and their BFF is the same as yours ~ The Mailman/lady of course!!

IMG_20150413_222655(meggross9) When I first stumbled onto Listia, I expected to sign up, browse the site and forget about it. When an offer sounds too good to be true (and Listia sounded AMAZING) it usually is, right? Well, Listia turned out to be all that it claimed to be AND BETTER! I do all my birthday and Christmas shopping FOR FREE! I’ve met a number of people who have become true friends and connected with a bunch of folks to swap fun and silly, but also essential and even life saving medical supplies with. Where else can you get a brand new Xbox 360, a phone, a tablet and diabetic test strips for not a single cent? And, yes, these are all things that I’ve won! And the best part is, you don’t have to make anything like a job or a business. I work 40 hrs a week and still have time to just check in, post a new auction, bid or comment just for fun. I have now been a member for two years and still can’t believe that a silly, absent-minded girl like me is making friends and saving money with 100% positive feedback. And I have to give all the credit to the Listia moderators for that! 9 out of 10 of the people I connect with are honest and kind, and with the watchful eye of our moderators, I never have to worry about being taken. Thank you, Listia for putting gifts under my tree and happiness in my heart.
ME 001(123SHARON) I absolutely love Listia!! I’ve been on for 3+ years , met a lots of wonderful sellers and watchers. Became great friends with so many; it’s like having a huge family which keeps growing! Listia is the best place to find outstanding items and perfect for giving unwanted items to someone who can reuse it. LISTIA IS LIKE A HOME AWAY FROM HOME!!

A Night With The Stars

Getty Images for The Les Paul Foundation.

Getty Images for The Les Paul Foundation.

For many June is a month for high school graduation – a day filled with smiling photos and celebration. For Beth Barbis this year had a few extra camera flashes as she walked won the red carpet with her father at the Les Paull 10th Anniversary in New York City. The sold-out tickets, won by her mother Krystal on Listia, were a special graduation gift for Beth and a birthday present for husband Glenn.

From Glenn’s extensive record collection to Bethany’s saxphone playing, music runs deep in their familiy. So it was the “opportunity of a life time” to attend the 100th Anniversary event was in honor of Les Paul – the father of the solid body electric guitar. Les Paul is widely known as the inventor of multitrack recording, overdubbing, delay effects, and many other recording innovations that today’s recording artists use every day.

Venturing from Conemaugh, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh, they started their night walking down the red carpet in front of over 50 news crews who clamored to get the photo. Later the Barbis’ enjoyed a sold out performance by rock legends Joe Bonamassa, Steve Miller, Warren Haynes, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Johnny A, Count’s 77 and Joe Satriani.



Beth had the chance to turn the tables and take photos of the stars and papparazzi herself before they headed to an exclusive invite-only after-party jam session with other musical greats at The Iridium Club on 51st which is where the great Les Paul played every Monday night up until his passing. There they were greeted with VIP seating, food and a giant birthday cake in the shape of the famous Les Paul guitar.

Exhausted from all the adrenaline and seeing all the amazing guitarists play, they headed home late at night from their “once in a lifetime” night in music history. Beth will be studying Photography and Business at Robert Morrison University in the fall. You can view her photos from the night here.

Stay tuned as we bring more extraordinary items to our marketplace and make Listia the best place to declutter and simplify your life while getting things you’ll love and use!

Listia Stories: I’ll Be a Member for Life!!

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to

allstar3_070815(billshelton) I’ve been a member since Oct. 2012 and I’m hooked! On a past Christmas, a buyer won a Superman comic card from me. After receiving the card she told me that Superman was her brother’s favorite super hero. She told me that he had passed away the Christmas before and it had put a painful stain on Christmas. Seems he had 3 grown daughters also. Their story really touched my heart. I collect comic books and I have over 6,000 of them (I sometimes buy more than one copy of a comic which I think will be important for some reason). I had a comic book where Superman gets beat to death, a comic book where the public puts up a statue and mourns his passing, and a comic book where he comes back. It just so happened that I had 3 copies of each of them. So I packed them in separate “do not open ’till xmas” boxes and sent them out. I also sent a set of kitchen towels and potholders to the sister so I didn’t leave anyone out. I don’t remember what I said in the letter I sent with them but it was something about him still watching over them and even Superman can die. They sent me a letter (snail mail) about how there was not a dry eye in the house when my letter was read. They said they didn’t know that a total stranger would feel this way and be so kind. I didn’t tell them but of the 3 copies of each comic book, 2 were extras and the third came from my personal collection, so I don’t have them anymore. With their letter and card they sent me a photo of them holding the comic books. This was so touching to me that on a special spot on my living room wall is the photo and letter and envelope (it has Superman on it) set in a frame. We have emailed/talked many times since. Now all the comic books I sent were worth several thousand credits (or a lot of cash) but that never crossed my mind. As it turned out, I got 200 credits for the comic book card and 4 really cool friends for free. What else could a guy want? This is just one example of many. I’ve made many friends on Listia from all over the U.S. and the world that I wouldn’t meet any other way. I want to thank Listia for helping me to be in contact with so many different people. I’ll be a member for life!!

(allstar2_070815zarifasabah) I joined Listia over a year ago and I love it! I  am married and have 2 boys (ages 2 and 4). My children love it when the mailman arrives and get super excited.  We lost our home and we’re staying with family, which was very hard. I heard about Listia On Facebook, and I couldn’t believe it.  So I tried it, and have been addicted to since.  We have come a long way since I first joined Listia.  I enjoy helping people, as I know how it can be.  I love the friends I’ve made and the people I can help. Without Listia I would be lost.  It’s a part of me, and my family as well.  Paying it forward and also getting a chance to buy, sell, and trade items is just wonderful. Thank you Listia for everything you have done for my family, and myself.

1-%252Fstorage%252Femulated%252F0%252FDCIM%252FCamera%252FC360_2015-04-12-06-06-54-658(NawnCaptain) I signed up but did nothing for six months when one fine day, I was bored & hankering for something to do. Google led me back to Listia, I remembered I had already signed up so I thought, “hmmm, let’s just see what this is about.” Listia is very user-friendly when it comes to listing items. This affords anyone the ability to list what they don’t want & earn credits towards what they do. I have been able to use my credits for a myriad of items that I would otherwise not be able to afford.  Being creative when listing is fun to me … just one look through the Health & Beauty category (where I mainly list), will show that I am not alone & lots of us love using our imaginations to create wonderful auctions. I could easily site many more examples of why I love it here, but by far, the number one reason is the community of awesome people. Friendships form organically, they just happen, and I could not be more thankful. I work from home & this can make for a lonely existence, but those days are long gone. My friends have seen me through a very stressful couple of years & they are they are priceless to me. I never could have imagined being bored one July day would result in me gaining so, so much. I will forever be grateful for Listia for this opportunity!

Listia Stories: It’s a Great Community

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to

allstar2_062315(NancyBeck) Listia has helped me get quite a few gifts for my 77 year old mother. She is mostly blind, and I found everything for her here … rings, clothes, Walking Dead items … I feel I can spoil her so easily here on Listia. I even got fabric and made living room curtains to match mom’s chair blanket. It’s been the best experience I’ve had online. And I’ve made so many friends, too. I hope it keeps going for so long; it’s a great community. (Pictured is a photo of my mother).

allstar3_062315(forrestfireb1) I started Listia in August 2014. I am disabled (bad back) and have depression (because I can’t get out like I once did). My computer is my way of connecting to the outside world. When I found out about Listia, I was a tad scared at first about what to expect. As time went on, I have found many things to auction off. I really love the friendship and camaraderie of this site. I have met many friends here, and even some in my hometown! Since becoming a member of Listia, I have gotten so much better with my Bi-polar and back pain, that it doesn’t bother me as much anymore, Listia, to me, is a virtual doctor. Thank you Listia and all the friends I have made. I have something to look forward to each and every day. I’m having so much fun doing this that I’m so glad I’m alive and get to keep on living in a manner that I used to not be able to do. and I have to thank for all you have given me. I just can’t say it enough… THANK YOU LISTIA!!!

allstar1_062315(iwhisenhunt) Just wanted to say thank you for making a free site. Because of Listia, my fiancé and I have our rings so we can finnaly get married. He didn’t want to have a wedding without the rings and Listia made it possible. So I just want to say thank you for making our wedding dreams a reality.

Listia Stories: It Makes Me Feel Good to Help Others

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to

allstar2_0631015(denisenicholsdesfosses) I joined Listia after a coworker showed me a brand new camera she had won and it was absolutely free!! I totally love this site… I’m always on it! (Just ask my new hubby lol) Plus, I have a huge family who always ask me to find things from clothes, Dr. Seuss books, Lego Friends and even Frozen toys for my nieces and their children that are unattainable otherwise.  This site has been a godsend since Day 1. I was even able to get most of my wedding things (including my bridesmaids’ handmade jewelry sets from a super Listian) on here.  Being a second marriage, I even listed my items after so that others may enjoy them too.  I have received amazing & positive feedback.  I even try to donate to your charities which financially I’m unable to do outside of Listia; it makes me feel good to help others.  I work hard to earn the badges and the trust from bidders on my auctions.  Thank you Listia for this wonderful place to give & get FREE items!

allstar1_061015(zephyr33542) Almost 2 years now I’ve been on Listia and have enjoyed it and making new friends (a few I’ve met in person!) I’m retired and have so many things to share with others, the list will keep me here for years!   It’s a great place to find unusual items, things of the past and wonderful gifts, just by giving my things to others!  How simple does it get?? With free tracking now (as of June1st), it should make it easier for many on a limited income too.  The Reward Store has allowed me to get holiday gifts now and save them for later as well as NOW gifts to myself!

Helping Give Back to Charities on Listia

GivingbackThe only thing better than receiving is giving. That’s why every month we select two charities to highlight as part of our Charity Program. With our monthly Charity Program, all members are encouraged to donate funds to charity without spending any money whatsoever.

Members are able to donate a few of their Listia Credits to any one of our monthly charities. While members donate their Credits, Listia matches those credits with real money which is then donated once the month is complete. Over the years Listia members have raised more than $40,000 USD for a wide variety of charities around the world!

We’re excited to announce the two charities for June on Listia.

TJ Martell

TJ Martell Foundation

Forty years ago music executive Tony Martell was faced with a devastating diagnosis for his young son T.J. His son who was a victim of leukemia at the age of 19, asked his father to do whatever he could to find a cure. When T.J. unfortunately passed Tony devoted his life to keeping his promise to his son.

The T.J. Martell Foundation was created and has since gone on to support innovative research and medical treatments for leukemia, cancer and AIDs. Tony’s promise has far exceeded his initial promise to raise $1 million dollars to fight leukemia and the Foundation has provided over $270 million dollars to support innovative medical research in fighting these diseases. Click here to learn more or donate today.


Mobile Loaves & Fishes

In the US there are more than 48 million people that live at or below poverty levels and cannot afford to cool or heat their homes, cook for their children or even have light during the night.  Listia has partnered with Gridmates in a joint mission to end energy poverty. By engaging and empowering people and businesses to supply the gifts of energy, Gridmates will help nonprofit organizations and individuals energize their lives! They are starting this quest by helping power Community First! Village, a project of Mobile Loaves & Fishes that is scheduled to open in Summer 2015.

Community First! Village is a visionary 27-acre master planned community in Southeast Austin. The village will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for more than 240 disabled, chronically homeless people. Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social ministry that provides food, clothing, housing and dignity to homeless people in Central Texas.

Be part of this great cause! Let’s energize people’s lives. Click here to learn more or donate today.

Together we can show support for these incredible charities who aim to make the world a safer, brighter and more musical place. Donate today to help make a difference.

Listia Stories: I’ve Met Many New Friends

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to

allstar1_052715(kimmie321) I’ve been a member of Listia for over 4 years.  I check into Listia first thing every morning. I love browsing through all the auctions, seeing and finding items I cannot find where I live. When the holidays are coming up or I have someone’s birthday, I now go to Listia first. I know I can always find that perfect gift. I often find myself when out shopping looking for new and interesting items to post on Listia. I love the idea of being able to give away items that will help others on here.  For me, Listia started out as a hobby but has become so much more for me as time went by. I’m always thinking about how to list my items to make them more fun for everyone. I love this site and have meet wonderful new friends I would not have gotten to know without it.

allstar2_052715(andreahartbengyel) My husband told me about Listia and that I should check it out. I joined a year ago just out of curiosity. I soon found out how much fun it was to win items! I was doing a lot of surveys to earn credits to buy crafts and clothes for the kids. Then one day, I thought, why not list stuff for credits instead of doing all these offers. I was hooked to selling on Listia in no time! Last year, I had to quit my job  but Listia has really been my outlet and kept me busy from getting depressed. I have worked all my life and it was a very hard adjustment. I love all the positive feedback I have gotten on here. It makes me feel appreciated and happy to read all the awesome stuff people say. I take Listia very seriously and hope to be around many more years.

allstar3_052715(mandykeller1004) I’ve only been on Listia for a few months now and stumbled upon it by chance. I was skeptical at first but when I won my first auction and the seller contacted me right away, I was so intrigued. A few days went by and I actually received my item in the mail and it was from that point on that I’ve been addicted to Listia. As a single mother it has been a life saver when I needed it the very most! My children’s entire Easter (besides the little bit of candy of course) was from Listia! My heart was so full and happy as I put their Easter baskets together Saturday night before heading to bed. I just stood there and stared at them for a moment because I just couldn’t believe it. I’ve also recently moved into my first home where I can actually plant flowers and plants like I’ve always dreamt about.  Through Listia, I have not only won 15 or more types of flowers my children and I can plant here very soon but I’ve also adopted my 6 new house plants that I absolutely love : ) I’ve been blessed to meet many of amazing new friends that I’d never have the chance to meet if it weren’t for my Listia. Keep it up!


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