Half Year Sales Report, 2014

During the first half of this year, people in Ireland generated €112 Million by selling unwanted items from around their home. Check out the full press release here.



Press Release: How much money do fitness freaks, baby boomers and a cowboy make?

July 2014,  During the first half of this year, people in Ireland generated €112 Million by selling unwanted items from around their home, according to Ireland’s largest classifieds website

Sales of second hand items from the Home & Garden reached (€5.7 Million), Mobile Phones (€5.6 Million) and Sports & Fitness equipment (€2.5 million), while the baby boom has also continued to surge with (€1.1 million) in second hand prams, car seats and baby stuff making their way from one to another.

Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, Economist said “The latest index gives us more fascinating insights into the heartbeat of the everyday economy in Ireland. As with everything over the last few months, Garth Brooks looms large, with a boom in concert tickets sales — up to a point! — between April and June, while the sale of mobile phones went through its usual post-Christmas quiet-time.”

He continued, “The adverts figures also point to longer-term trends worth watching in future reports. The volume of baby & nursery equipment is up €160,000, which suggests that Ireland’s baby boom continues, as do new Irish parents’ willingness to go online and looks for bargains in the second-hand economy.”

The top 6 categories by sales for the first half of 2014 are as follows:

1 Home & Garden €5.7 Million
2 Mobile phones €5.6 Million
3 Sports & Fitness €4.3 Million
4 Musical Instruments & Equipment €4.2 Million
5 Electronics €2.5 Million
6 Baby & Nursery – €2 Million

Included amongst the 1.2 million items listed for sale in the first half of 2014:

One handmade Vampire hunting kit with 3 stakes
One working French Guillotine 
One large 3 story fun factory
One too many very frightening Reborn dolls.  Eek.

Notes to the editor: is Ireland’s largest new & second hand marketplace.  There are over 757,000 items available for sale today with on average 7,500 new listings being added each day.  As of July 24th 2014, the site has over 702,300 registered members.

About the index:
The index, is based on an analysis of the full database of items listed on the website up to the end of July 2014. This figure represents the largest percentage of the second hand marketplace being advertised online in Ireland and therefore gives a very accurate overview of Ireland’s second-hand economy.



Talks @ Adverts: Mark Pollock

Hi all,

We’ve started ‘Talks @ Adverts’ here at the HQ, where we invite guest speakers to share their stories of personal and professional development. As our little company grows, we feel it’s important to continue to improve, both as individuals and as a team, to help make our business a success. We will be blogging about our experiences and sharing the knowledge and wisdom we have learnt.

Mark Pollock: Problems vs Possibilities

At the age of 22, Mark Pollock lost his sight. At the age of 34, he became paralysed from the waist down. He is a man who has encountered many problems in life but has focused far more on solutions.  After becoming blind, his determination to over come his biggest challenge in life, brought him to compete in the North Pole Arctic Marathon, the Everest Marathon, run 6 marathons in 7 days in the Gobi desert, and become the first blind man to reach the South Pole – just to name a few of his achievements.

In 2010 Mark fell from a second story window, 4 weeks before he was due to get married, which started a new challenging chapter in his life. A pioneer now, he is exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery through aggressive physical therapy and robotic technology. He became the first person in the world to own a personal set of robotic legs made by Ekso Bionics.

Mark was invited to speak at the Tedx Hollywood conference in Los Angeles in June and popped into the Adverts office to give us a little preview. The focal point of the talk was whilst being aware of your problems, focus more on exploring the possibilities to overcome them. Check out the full version of the very inspirational talk at Tedx below:

“Sometimes the challenge chooses you. It’s what you do about it that counts.” Mark Pollock.

Watch out for more great talks soon!



Adverts in the News – The Irish Times

Hi all,

From time to time is featured in publications around Ireland, both online and in print. Going forward we’ll be starting ‘Adverts in the News’ where we’ll be sharing the stories, reviews and ads that have gotten their 5 minutes of fame.

Yesterday the Irish Times featured an article about a man on the hunt for treasure…




If you ever come across an article about, whether in a national newspaper or on a personal blog, Tweet us or send it on to We’d love to share the stories!

Happy reading,


Get a friend a job – Get yourself €3000

like_code is currently looking for a Software Developer and a Front-End Developer to join our team (we work here). The best news is, if you refer your friend and they get the position, you get €3000 from us to say thank you (check out the terms below).

All you have to do is send an email to with your friends contact name, the position you are referring them for, and their Linkdin profile – then leave the rest up to us.

So, get referring your pals – it’s a win win!


Our terms:

You can’t refer yourself.

The person you refer must know you.

You’ll receive €1500 once your friend is hired, and €1500 6 months later once they’ve past their probation. 

You must be the first person to refer the candidate.

We can’t have recieved the application prior to this offer.



Saved searches & Search alerts: v1.17 of the Adverts app

We are excited to let you know about the latest updates to our Android and iOS apps. Both updates are available now, and include some great new additions.


Blog Android saved searches2

With version 1.17, we are introducing the ability to save a search for quick access again at another time. When in a search, you can just tap the star icon in the top action bar to save that search. This will save all the search criteria that you have already entered, and add that search to your list of saved searches. This list is then accessible from the navigation drawer on android, or from the main search screen on iOS. So next time you open up the app, rather than having to enter in all the same search refinements again, you can just open your saved searches, and quickly tap through to an updated results list for that search.



Blog iPhone saved searches2

When saving a search, you also have the option to receive notifications when new items become available in that search.  This is particularly useful when you are looking for things that are in high demand and you want to be first to the draw, or alternatively when you are looking for something rare that might not come up for a long time. Rather than constantly checking back to see if anything new has been listed, you can just relax and let us keep you informed as soon as something is added to the site that matches your saved search criteria. Alerts are optional of course, and can be toggled on/off at anytime from your saved searches list by tapping the bell.

We think these are going to save everybody a lot of time when browsing through the app, and ensure you never a miss a deal for whatever is on your list.

As always, please let us know how you are finding these latest additions to the app. We hope you enjoy!


Download the Adverts app from the Apple App Store Download the Adverts app from Google Play

Coding Grace workshop in the office




It’s that time again for Coding Grace to visit the offices with a workshop on PyGame next Saturday 5th July. They’ll teach you how to use Python and PyGame to create a simple 2D motoring racing game.

Sign up here!


Posted April 28th:

Hi all,

Coding Grace is running another workshop at the offices tonight (Monday 28th), their last one (info below) was a great success so do come along if you’re free. The workshop will show you how to create a text-based game in Python. Please see here for more information and to reserve a space:


Posted April 2nd:

Did you know there are girls in the Techie community too? Well now you do, and lots of them. Bright minded intelligent coders that bring a feminine touch to the world of online development.  We encourage it too, so we’re hosting a ‘female friendly’ Github workshop for the nice people of Coding Grace here at the headquarters (which look like this).

Coding Grace are a group of developers based in Ireland who love to code and do other geeky and not necessarily crafty activities. Some code full-time, or just for fun (or both). They have people who are part of other technical user groups such as Dublin ALT.NET, GameCraft, Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland and more.

Details for the workshop are as follows:

When: Monday, 14 April 2014 from 18:30 to 21:00 (BST)

Where: Office, Dublin 2

What: A Github training session on the basics of using Git, the“fundamentals” of day-to-day Git and GitHub use cases. Coding Grace will also have a few volunteer mentors helping out and answering any questions arising from the workshop that evening.

Please note, if you are Male, you are welcome to join the workshop but only as a lady’s plus one. You can woo her with your technical skills. If you’re interested in attending see here for more info.

Thanks and happy coding!

Louise Secret Garden

All this sun has us dreaming of what we would put into our very own secret garden. These are our favourite picks of the best garden items from

A handmade love swing

love swing

This amazing BBQ


The essential for when sunbathing on the grass

wine picnic

This amazing play house…which simply every little girl should have…and every big girl for that matter!


A luxurious helicopter chair for the afternoon snooze

helicopter chair


The best sand pit ever…certainly beats the big green turtle we had in my day!

sand pit

 A secret garden essential- the secret garden swing. (handmade for only €35)


This wonderful table so we don’t have to waste any sun time going into the fridge


and at the end of the giant secret garden, we would like to have one of these


All of these can be purchased on, along with thousands more garden items and accessories. If you have any garden stuff you don’t use, you know where to sell it :)

Happy Gardening!

Shoshannah x



Win €100 with Gardening Section


With lots of garden festivals just around the corner, and everyone gardening away to get their gardens in shape for summer, we want to find the most beautiful garden in Ireland. So we have decided to give away €100 to the person who sends us in best garden picture possible. It can be your very own garden, a garden you have visited/seen or it can even be your granny’s garden, once the picture is your own, you can enter!

All you have to do to enter the competition is tweet your picture along with the hashtag #GardeningwithAdverts to enter. If you don’t have a twitter account, don’t fret, you can also post your picture on Facebook, using the same hashtag #GardeningwithAdverts, (just make sure to make your Facebook post public so we can find your picture).

The winner will be announced on Friday the 20th of June 2014.

Best of luck!

Shoshannah x

P.S Buy and Sell all your garden items on




Firefox launch event at the office


Firefox are launching one of the biggest changes to their product since the release of Firefox 4. It brings lots of improvements on the inside to ensure a safer and faster browsing experience from the every day user to the developer.

In light of this release, the offices are hosting a launch event for Firefox on Saturday 10th May, 4pm-8pm. The main focus of the event will be on the new features of Firefox across all devices, how to get involved with Mozilla and their local community.

Here’s a sneak peak of the new features and more information on the event.

See you there!