Jonathon Papsin & Matthew Dorman – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

“The Ultimate Garage Sale Guide”

Inside you’ll learn remarkable tips and tricks for maximizing profit while running an efficient and effective garage sale from start to finish. A fully loaded, fun and informative read for any buyer, seller and garage sale enthusiast!

Tell us something about yourself.

Co-Authors Jonathon Papsin and Matthew Dorman founded in 2008, the idea was to start a virtual garage sale website to serve an unfilled niche market – how do urban dwellers who don’t physically have a front yard or garage have a yard sale? Two years later is a popular and user-friendly service that enables anyone to create a garage sale, list their events or find events – all for free.

Jonathon Papsin resides in Fleetwood, NY and is a recent Graduate of Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. Since graduating, Jonathon worked in the private asset management industry until leaving to pursue his career in Real Estate in Manhattan as an Agent.

Matthew Dorman resides with his family in New Providence, NJ and is a Graduate of NJIT. As a Professional Website Developer working in Manhattan, he has extensive experience developing technology and consulting Fortune 500 to meet their web-based needs.

What inspired you to write this book?

We both have a passion for shopping garage sales and flea markets. Whether it’s scoring some great bargains or finding some unique items, for us, it’s always exciting to see what kind of treasures people are selling.

Garage Sales are a multi-billion dollar industry; how much money did you make the last time you hosted one? Whether you’re planning and preparing for a lifestyle liquidation, yard sale or virtual garage sale, this is your must read guide.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

We decided to self-publish our book because we have boot-strapped our company from the beginning. The entire business has been built from the ground up, and we knew by writing a book on our specialty we would strengthen our creditability and be able to have full control over our marketing and distribution to our fans.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Since we started our website in 2008, we quickly implemented a Blog onto the site to share interesting ideas, stories, places and events with our readers. We enjoy being able to provide great tips and trick on running a successful yard sale – or learning the best haggling methods. Our blog was really the stepping-stone for writing the book, and we thought the concept of being published authors and sharing our expertise would be an amazing benefit to people who share the same passion.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

We approached writing our book as a fun challenge, a game, if you will. Thinking of all the necessary plans and ideas one must consider when preparing for a garage sale can be overwhelming. We both enjoy writing and so we don’t look at any part of the project or book as being difficult to write.

How do you do research for your books?

The Internet is a phenomenal source of information – one can find anything online these days, but writers must also incorporate the personal angle. We used our shopping and learning experiences we’ve been fortunate to enhance by visiting the many different events in the tri-state area of where we live and also talking to vendors and shoppers to see what helped them become successful.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

We learned more from what we wrote about than anything else. We learned that our market is also much more broad than we initially anticipated. We donated several copies to local libraries and the response has been awesome. If you write about something that pertains to meeting one’s needs, and you write well, you’ll have a great audience following you wherever you go.

One of the most important things we learned is if you don’t have a plan for organizing an event, you might as well not attempt it, the same goes for writing a good book!

What are you reading now?

We both enjoy reading Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. Each month there are some amazing stories featuring amazing people and what they have created. Many, like us, found a niche that was un-served or under-served and found a way to fill it and create a business out of it. Reading about anything inspirational and creative really expands your mind and challenges the individual to strive higher every time they set out to work a project.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Be very passionate about what you’re writing, you’re going to be eating, sleeping and breathing it for as long as it takes you to complete your work. When you’re passionate about it, people will absolutely support you and your book and you’ll have a lot of fun every step of the way!

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

We had so much fun doing our first book that we decided to expand what the book offers by creating an iPhone Application called “Garage Sale Guide.” The app is really exciting because users can download the app and refer to each chapter in our book according to how far along they are with their garage sale planning. It’s a complete how-to in the palm of your hands, oh, and it let’s you find garages sales all around you at the touch of a finger.

Our book is also available for the iPad as an e-book. Not only can readers download our book for a great introductory price, but they get to save paper, one thing we encourage, because after all, garage sales are the core of the “reduce, reuse, recycle” concept.

The book is available for $9.95 on our website,, with free shipping. You can also find our book listed online on Google Products.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

To learn more about Tagsellit or our book, just visit our website,, and click on the Helpful Garage Sale Tools block to find all our useful tools for planning your next garage sale!