Handsel, one of our #50startups, has had a busy spring. The app that aims to make buying and selling things on social networks easier is up and running with five Facebook groups, including the popular Bend Girlfriend Swap, which has thousands of members. (The latter is a group for women and moms buying and selling used clothes, kids gear, etc.)

Scofield says the company is refining its product based on user feedback. The app currently (give it a try) lets users post things to sell in specific groups or across several groups; you can search posts and communicate with buyers and sellers.

The startup celebrated its launch with friends and users of the app at a party last week. “It was fun to celebrate how far we’ve come,” Scofield says.

Though she had the idea years ago, Scofield and co-founder Dave Mullen ramped up Handsel last fall, introducing the concept at the Bend Venture Conference. They’ve since moved their operation out of Scofield’s kitchen and into an office in BendTECH (woot!) and have a team of five, which includes some part-time people and an intern.

Next up, Scofield says the Handsel team is working on developing a payment function, creating a freemium model for revenue and fundraising.

Handsel co-founder Molly Scofield far right; Holly Sheerer, admin of Bend Girlfriend Swap; and Jennifer Houston, founder The Red Balloon Project.
Handsel co-founder Molly Scofield far right; in the middle is Holly Sheerer, admin of Bend Girlfriend Swap; and left is Jennifer Houston, founder The Red Balloon Project.

 

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of StartupBend.com, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in WSJ.com, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at kellykearsley.contently.com or kellykearsley.com.

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