AT&T Not Playing Nice?

Over the past two weeks I have been receiving reports from iPhone users on AT&Ts network that sales are not loading on their map.  I have begun investigating this problem and it appears that AT&T is blocking the communication path for some reason.  While I run this to ground, if you are experiencing this problem please comment below so that I can keep track of who is affected.

– EDIT –

This morning I submitted an update to Apple which I hope will fix this problem.  I don’t know for certain, however, since the problem is so isolated that I can’t test correctly.  It appears that SOME AT&T networks are modifying the sales response from the server WITHOUT showing any sort of network error.  Also this seems to only happen in places that are very busy with yard sales.  Basically, iOS + AT&T + busy yard sale area = risk of your app not working.

My thinking is that the sudden spike in server traffic is flagging something in a firewall somewhere.  I have also pushed the issue up to Apple to investigate.  Once you receive the new app update please let me know the status of the issue.

– EDIT –

09/11/14 – With the latest app update this issue appears to be resolved.  Please let me know if you are still having issues!

35 comments - Latest by:
  • Dana
    Our app on the Iphone through Verizon is also not working. Bummer , as we love your app!
  • Sara
    I purchases the subscription but it's not working!
  • Dave
    The app works during the week but for the last 2 Saturdays it says no sales in my area
  • Lynsey
    Hi! Just downloaded your app onto my iphone 5c and its not loading any garage sales in the area. ...
  • Juli
    It's not showing Saturday sales! It was earlier today and now it just stopped. Can you fix so that ...
  • Joe
    I have AT&T and still today 9-12-2014after updating the app it still says no sales found even from a 30 ...
  • RitA
    Mine is not working. It loads around 7am and then the next time I check it it says ...
  • TV
    So sad, yard sales have not worked for two weeks. I eve tried posting my yard sale, and ...
  • admin
    Lala - your phone is connecting to AT&T through a different path than your husbands. Unfortunately this can change ...
  • Susan G
    so sad my app no longer works. I have Att. I have been using this app every weekend ...
  • Joe
    This app is not working, was told to reinstall , after reinstall it wanted to charge me and then I ...
  • Lala
    My husband and I both have AT&T ( separate accounts). The app on his phone is working, mine is not. ...
  • Zack
    I have a iPhone 4S on AT&T and app has showed no data this week.
  • Andy G
    To Everyone: Here's what I've been having to do: Before I leave home, I take screen shots of ...
  • Paul
    I have AT&T and your program no longer works

Goodbye Website

You may have noticed that the homepage no longer shows sales.  Or a map.  Or much else for that matter.  The good news is that Yard Sale Treasure Map has a license agreement in place with craigslist allowing me to display craigslist content in my apps for iOS and Android.  The bad news is that this license does not extend to websites.

And so we lay to rest the website into a place of eternal slumber and we will remember with joy the treasures found through its use.

Goodbye website.

– Edit —–

I wasn’t quite expecting this response.  It’s great to know how useful this site was to you all!

It did not completely occur to me to keep the site but remove the craigslist ads.  I will try to make that work and resurrect the site from the dead.  Thank you for your support.

83 comments - Latest by:
  • pam
    Would not find any thing. On Saturdays but would find on on other days. Even on WiFi and cellular So I ...
  • Justin
    Please email me: JustKikz34@aol.com This app has stopped working on my phone but works fine on my ipad. The phone version ...
  • admin
    The transition was necessary to abide by the craigslist license terms.
  • Jen
    Then why am I now being charged a yearly subscription fee?
  • Mike
    After much searching I found Bing.com/maps will do many of the features I used on here. You have to manually ...
  • Larry
    You have apps for iOS and Android-how about getting an app for Windows phone?
  • Den
    This app is not compatible with my android device. Wish it was as I used this web page all the ...
  • Cheryl
    So sad! This website has been a fantastic tool! I do not own a smartphone so this does ...
  • khalid
    Do you have an app for windows phones? Can you set one up?
  • Doug
    Just found this website, Craigslist is lame...
  • mary
    IS THERE A SOLUTION TO GET THE LISENCE TO BE ABLE TO MAP CRAIGS LIST SITES ON THE WEB SITE? ...
  • Michael
    This was the best website! :( Rest in Peace.
  • JoAnn
    How will I ever get my community kick it event going without your map? Why do things that work go ...
  • Jason
    On the go with kids in the car going garage saling...it's a no-go on the cell phone to be able ...
  • Jason
    This sucks. I really loved this site.

New Features

During the cold months of the year I have been hard at work improving the YSTM mobile apps for iOS and Android.  Both apps now have the ability to sync the sale route with other devices (iOS, Android, and the website) by simply signing in with a Google account.  Both apps also have a new keyword feature to automatically color matched sales to more easily find those “estate” or “neighborhood” sales each week.

Aside from these features, the Android app specifically required an extensive overhaul.  The big visual change is the new sliding menu, but underneath it all things will be more stable, efficient, and tablet friendly.  The next glaringly necessary feature for Android is a way to view sales in list format, like we have for iOS.  This will be the first feature I add during the next development cycle later this year.  Also recently added is Monday and Tuesday search.  Now you can efficiently yard sale all week long!

The iOS app will get one more update this season to fix bugs and add Monday and Tuesday support.

On the whole things seem to be working really well.  As always, I depend on your feedback so that I know when things are broken and what features you would most like to see.  Thanks again for your support!

2 comments - Latest by:
  • Joanne
    Just found your site and I LOVE it! What I would love to see is the option to simply print ...
  • Justin
    Hey there First, let me say I love your app, I use it every weekend! Second, I have a suggestion that may ...

Android Updates

It was a rocky deployment that cost me half a star in my app rating, but the YSTM Android app updates are finally complete and I think it was worth it!

  • Updated the mapping engine (now with rotation and tilt gestures for 3d views)
  • Improved the location search feature
  • Improved map refreshing capability to load new sales when you scroll too far away from your home location
  • Added a new alerts feature to let you know when sale markers are incorrect and let other users know if you find a problem
  • Improved the look and feel of the map menu and the sale info page
  • App will now rotate orientation

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A small amount of users are still getting a “package signing” error when downloading from Google Play.  This is a Google problem that I am looking into and will hopefully be resolved the next time there is a Google software update.  On the whole app seems to be solid.

For the next major app improvements I plan on waiting until after yard sale season to release any updates.  If you are interested in getting these updates sooner shoot me an email.  I just need to add you to a google+ group and then you will receive Beta updates through Google Play.  These users will also have more influence on future features… nudge nudge.

The next step is to do these same things to the iOS app hopefully later this month.

2 comments - Latest by:
  • Kial
    app no longer works for Saturday. works for other days even when used on Saturday and choosing other days same for ...
  • Mark
    Any news on when well can expect Kijiji ads to show up in search in the app?

2013 Spring Cleaning

In January 2013 I began work to update EVERYTHING and I am finally almost finished!

  • The Yard Sale Mapper iOS app has been updated a number of times with new features and improved usability and stability, and is currently rated at 4.5 stars
  • The Yard Sale Treasure Map Android app has been updated with new features and improved usability, and is currently rated at 4.5 stars
  • The Community Sales tools have been upgraded to be completely redone and streamlined to let users distribute their own maps, webpages, directions, guides, etc
  • The website mapping engine has been upgraded to the new version of Google maps and other bugs have been fixed
  • The entire site has been sped up considerably
  • craigslist legal stuff is in a happy place

I am also nearly finished with a substantial Android app update that I have been working on and off since January.  I will add a new post describing the cool new features once I have this updated in the Play store in a week or two.

As always, continue to let me know when you find problems and don’t forget to show your friends on sale day how much more efficient they could be if they used Yard Sale Treasure Map.

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  • Anthony Chiappone
    Columbus Day is on a Monday of course, as are many holidays that garage sales, thrift shops and flea markets ...
  • Penny
    Love the idea of this site. I have created a community sale. Because our subdivision lots are large ...

Add Sales Spreadsheet

I have finally finished the first phase of Add Sales Spreadsheet tool. This tool integrates directly with the main site to let users quickly add and manage lots of sales in a spreadsheet format, where previously users could only add one sale at a time (with zero management capabilities). This should be a serious step forward for folks who live places where craigslist isn’t used extensively.

The second phase is to finish reworking this spreadsheet tool for folks who are looking to bring their community/neighborhood garage sales into the digital age. The spreadsheet page will look the same, but users will have access to a Google or Silverlight map specific to their sale. Additionally there is another tool that will automatically create the sale guide for distribution during the event. This is basically a rework of my previous community sale effort, with improved tools and a free price tag. I should have this available within two weeks so stayed tuned.

For now, you can access the spreadsheet tool in the “Add Sales” tab on the main site. Post comments to let me know what worked and what didn’t! I will be making tweaks as appropriate.

12 comments - Latest by:
  • Debbie H
    I love the spreadsheet tool! We have a local yard sale group on Facebook where members can post area sales. ...
  • Caroline A.
    This is a fantastic feature! It's so much easier to add sales quickly without taking my hands from the keyboard ...
  • Arwen
    Thank you for this tool. I love it and have used it for years. I just used the spreadsheet tool ...
  • Sharron
    I love your application and have used it for a few years with great success. I use it with ...
  • Bob
    Oh, yes. I almost forgot. Is there a way to "upload" data to the spreadsheet? then I could do all my ...
  • Bob
    I love that it is free. I struggle with the delete function. I wish someone had told me that every ...
  • admin
    Sharon - I'm sorry you're having problems! Using Silverlight was a mistake. i am almost done updating the ...
  • Sharon
    I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish you would enable adding sales on my android phone!!!!! I just finished an hour ...
  • Anita Hain
    I like the idea behind this site, but after adding several sales using the spreadsheet tool, "syncing" and sending to ...
  • Mike
    Wahoo working much better. I added 15 sales and hit the sync button worked like a charm. When I add a ...
  • admin
    Thanks for the feedback. Many of your problems are probably because I had a flag set to limit users ...
  • Mike
    Thank you for responding to my request for this tool. First I had to download Silver seemed odd but I ...

iPad/iPhone App

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It’s been almost three years since we posted the first version of “Yard Sale Mapper” iPhone app on the app store. Since then there have been a few features added, but this spring we have given the app a complete overhaul and added lots of handy features!

Users can now flag sales of interest, perform text searches, change the search radius, and browse sales in list format (as well as by map location as before). In addition, this app now also runs on iPad, giving you an enhanced experience. This app is available now free on the app store. Check it out and let me know what you think!

28 comments - Latest by:
  • Juli
    Thanks for the changes, however while the app worked REALLY WELL for Saturday, it's still giving me nothing for Sunday ...
  • admin
    You have prompted me to take another look at the way I do something and I found an inefficiency. ...
  • Juli
    I have enjoyed using this app for the last couple of months but I'm slowly getting frustrated with it in ...
  • Shannon
    YAAAYYY!!! :) Thank you SO much!! I look so forward to the entire route optimization!! Can't ...
  • admin
    Yes and yes! I am planning on rolling out these changes by early next year for both iOS and ...
  • Shannon
    Will there ever be a way to optimize your entire route? Also will we ever be able to synch ...
  • Adam
    If it wasn't broke, why fix it? Running on iPhone 5 and new iPad; it's full of bugs. The screen ...
  • Brittany
    Yes that fixed it! Thank you!!
  • admin
    Brittany - if I can track this problem down I will get a fix out ASAP. Please try uninstalling ...
  • Brittany
    The new update 6.0 for iOS is crashing on me. It will not open. Please fix!
  • Mike
    How about adding Kijjiji (or local newspapers) as one of the sites the app can search? Very few if any ...
  • admin
    Hit the page curl at the bottom right corner of the map to get to the options. Putting the ...
  • Ina
    How do I change the location of where I want to search?!!!!!!
  • admin
    Hi Julia, I can't be sure without understanding your exact situation, but my guess is that you live a city ...
  • Julia
    Hi, when I try to enter an address from a newspaper, it tells me that an error occurred and that ...

Upcoming Fixes

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog, which someone just pointed out to me. In January 2011 I finally finished my original goal of linking the website to the mobile apps. Now yard salers can use the feature-rich web site for their planning, then send their planned route to their phone and use the on-the-go app features for Android and iPhone.

Also, yard salers are understanding the power of the “Add Sales” tab and how they can plot sales from other sources into YSTM to make it easier to plan.

Based on your feedback, the next few updates will be:

  1. Fixing the delete sale feature in the itinerary
  2. Fixing the update sale feature so that any sale can be updated by anyone
  3. Revamping the add sales feature to let users put in neighborhood addresses and make corrections as necessary
  4. Taking a fresh look at making the craigslist addresses more accurate

Thanks again for all of the feedback!

12 comments - Latest by:
  • Deb
    I like to plan my weekend adventures in advance. It would be great if you had a calendar option ...
  • Marlene
    Is there a problem with the site today. :)
  • admin
    Great idea! I'll make the change this week to automatically add the corrected sale to the itinerary.
  • Mark
    This site is genius. I can't figure out how to add 'other ads' sales to the search results once I've ...
  • admin
    1. Unfortunately, whether I do the geocoding on the server or on the Android itself, the coordinates will still ...
  • Phil
    I love the app on my Android, but there are a couple of minor bugs - Since you send the output ...
  • Marcus Jenkins
    After creating a yard sale list, I discover that maybe the 8th stop, closed at noon, and the first stop ...
  • JenV
    I absolutely LOVE this site and use it almost every week for my yard sale planning. There's one thing ...
  • admin
    On the itinerary window there is a "Clear" button at the bottom that will de-select all sales in your route. ...
  • teresa
    I would love a re-set feature. Right now, I have to manually delete a previous route, one garage sale ...
  • RENATE PARKS
    Just wanted to let you know I LOOOOOVE your site! It saves me sooooo much time! I used to copy ...
  • Maria
    I added about 6 sales then noticed I didn't have my starting address in place. I put that in ...

Community Sale Private Maps

After many requests, I have finally started working on a way for communities and neighborhoods to map their large-scale yard sales. Community sales have their own private site (using a more interesting and powerful Silverlight map) while all sales are also displayed on the main site, the iPhone app (Yard Sale Mapper), and the Android app (Yard Sale Treasure Map).

If you don’t see the above map, please hit the download silverlight button… you’ll be glad you did!

While I have only agreed to put together these private maps for a few communities this Fall, I intend to polish up this technology over the Winter so everything is good and ready for the Spring yard sale season!

Additionally I plan on updating both mobile apps with search capability as well as a route sharing feature.

2 comments - Latest by:
  • Jen
    Would be nice if there is a way to tick it off or colorize it so a person knows they ...
  • Ken Graham
    I was looking at Google Maps to see if I could do something like this as I have 30 or ...

Android App

I have just uploaded the Yard Sale Treasure Map Android App (v1.2) to the Android market. This has been a rocky start since I do not yet own an Android, which makes it extremely difficult to properly test the thing. My apologies if you downloaded the app earlier this week (v1.0 or v1.1), because I’m pretty sure that it didn’t work for you. I am sort of kind of maybe a little bit confident that my latest fixes will let folks see the sales.

If you do experience problems, please drop me a note below or by email. Otherwise I may not know that a problem exists!

13 comments - Latest by:
  • steve
    For the past few months I do not get the numbers for each sale when I view my personally create ...
  • marie
    I used this app this weekend, but noticed there is no Monday or Tuesday for days to switch to. Plus ...
  • mike
    I have been using ystm on my daughters ipod for a year now and love it. Thanks. I ...
  • Toni C.
    Great website- saves a lot of time and frustration trying to map out all the yardsales from craigslists and other ...
  • sandara
    Does not work on nook color
  • Lynda Ballinger
    This doesn't seem to work in my area 62301, how could I get our area to use this. Is ...
  • admin
    John, my own phone was running 2.1.1 until last month and things worked fine for me, so I'm not sure ...
  • john r findley
    Hi, Love the idea. The app store won't let me download the app. Says not compatible with my device. Motorola "citrus" ...
  • shelli starkey
    I have been wanting something like this for SOME time!! Awesome!! But I did just notice that for ...
  • john
    This is the best app. But since lastest update I can not see map or streets. Google ...
  • Rick
    Please increase size of screen to use with tablets too. Very nice app!
  • HappyCamper
    WOW - what a great idea!! I just found your site, I haven't used it yet, but already ...
  • Angela
    Just found your site and will be trying it out on sat. makes me want to go get a smart ...