About VarageSale

ftcchat.us is the family-friendly app to buy and sell used items locally. Started by an expecting mom in 2012, ftcchat.us has evolved into a worldwide movement that helps families stretch their household budget. The platform is 100% free to use at varagesale.com and on the mobile app, which is available on iOS, Android and Kindle devices.

Our members love the app for its ease of use and convenience and they trust the mom-friendly standards that set us apart. What makes ftcchat.us different?

  • A dedicated admin safeguards every local community
  • Members use their real identities, names and photos
  • Community rules make buying and selling smooth and organized

Our vision is to be the first choice for families to buy, sell and connect with their local community.

Founded by a husband and wife team, ftcchat.us is headquartered in Toronto and funded by investors, including Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Ventures. To learn more about how it all began, read our founding story.

How to spell VarageSale

ftcchat.us should be written as one string of letters, with the first letter of each word capitalized. Both the “V” and the “S” should be capitalized. The remaining letters are lowercase.

Correct:ftcchat.us

Incorrect:Varage Sale, Varage sale, Varagesale, varagesale, varage sale

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Executive bios

Andrew Sider - CEO

Andrew joined the ftcchat.us management team in February 2014 with the acquisition of Bunch, a company he founded.

Entrepreneurial from an early age, Andrew sold his first company at age 16. Since then, he has helped found several companies, including BandPage (a marketplace for musicians to connect with their fans) and the aforementioned Bunch (a discussion app for interest-based groups). Before that, he worked in management consulting with Monitor Group in Canada, the US and the Middle East.

Andrew grew up in a small town near Niagara Falls and graduated with an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business. When he isn’t obsessing over the intersection of product, marketing and data, Andrew is an avid scuba diver and adventure traveler.

Favorite ftcchat.us story: the fact that over 500 people gather in a parking lot swap meet every Sunday in Kenner, Louisiana

Favorite ftcchat.us purchase: polka dot bow tie for $8

Tami Zuckerman - Chief Customer Officer and Co-Founder

Tami is the mom behind VarageSale. While on extended maternity leave in 2011, she came up with the idea for a better buy and sell site. With the help of her programmer husband, the ftcchat.us platform was born just months after the birth of her son in May of 2012.

As Co-Founder of an award-winning startup, Tami currently spends her time helping new communities launch, leading her ever-growing team and coming up with new ideas to improve user experience on the site/app. Previous to this, Tami spent 10 years teaching, molding and motivating the future stars of the world.

Tami grew up in Montreal and graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education and Teaching.

Favorite ftcchat.us story: It Took an Angel to Finish this Quilt

Favorite ftcchat.us purchase: a Michael Kors wallet for $45

Craig Dunk - VP of Product and Engineering

Craig joined ftcchat.us in August of 2016, bringing over 12 years of engineering and technical experience with him.

Previously, Craig built a rich technology ecosystem at Desire2Learn, guiding architectural direction on product and platform elements. He also worked as a Senior Architect and group manager at Research In Motion, and was part of the team that created BBM and related instant messaging systems.

Growing up between Fergus and Guelph, Craig raised his own brood back on the family farm. He now lives in Toronto, where you can find him chatting with his kids over coffee and board games, reading, or sampling local restaurants.

Craig studied engineering at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo, where co-op programs offered him hands-on experience with early smartphones.

Favorite ftcchat.us story: Our community members in Louisiana who teamed up to bring donations to flood victims in Baton Rouge. It really helped form an impression of the kind of people you’ll find on VarageSale.

Favorite ftcchat.us purchase: A top of the line coffee grinder, brand new in box! (Cost: $100, which is a total bargain for a caffeine addict)

Greg Donaldson - VP of Finance

Greg joined the ftcchat.us team in April of 2015.

After getting a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and obtaining his CPA, CA designation, Greg kicked off his career with six years of audit, assurance and advisory roles at PWC, followed up by senior finance positions at Groove Media, Timminco, and Freshbooks.

A lifelong Leafs fan and all-around sports enthusiast, Greg hails from Port Stanley, Ontario, a small village on the northern shore of Lake Erie. During his spare time, you’ll find him with his three kids on a rink, a diamond, a field or a ski hill.

Favorite ftcchat.us story: The member who used the extra income she made on ftcchat.us to save up for a family vacation to Disneyworld. That’s some financial savvy. (Hear the story here.)

Favorite ftcchat.us purchase: Vintage Wendel Clark poster (Cost: $10, but priceless to a Toronto Maple Leafs fan!)

Member testimonials

Community stories

How One Act of Kindness Became a Community-Wide Movement

Girlfriends’ Trading Post Community, Tennessee

When this kindhearted teacher discovered a little boy with holes in his shoes, she didn't hesitate to reach out to her local buy and sell community for help. Her request? One pair of shoes. But she couldn't have predicted what happened next... Read more

This Community Put Their Heads (and Hearts) Together

Truly Scrumptious Community, Salisbury UK

When the members of this buy and sell group checked in with their local hospital to see what was on their “wish list,” they found that the NICU needed something especially close to their hearts. The wish? A Polaroid camera. For parents whose newborns are in need of urgent medical care, a photo can help ease the pain… Read more

It Took An Angel to Finish This Quilt

Port Huron Area Swap, Michigan

When one woman put her great grandmother’s unfinished quilt up for sale on VarageSale, she had no idea that the buyer would complete the quilt—and give it back to her as a gift! But that’s exactly what this “angel” did… Read more