May 18, 2011

Keepio – Catalog & Cash In On Your Goods

Keepio is a web-application that helps people take inventory of everything they own – from precious keepsakes and valuable collectibles to expensive toys and gadgets. These personal inventories can then be kept private or shared among friends on various social networking sites. Collectors, hoarders, and people looking to catalog every item they own can all use Keepio in different ways.

Whether you’re looking to create a personal inventory for homeowner’s insurance purposes or purely for fun, start by entering an email address or signing into Keepio through Facebook or Twitter. Take a photo of the first item you’d like to upload onto the site and then add a description, keeping in mind that you’ll have to do this a hundred more times if you plan on taking inventory of everything you own. Decide whether to make each item public, private, or viewable only to selected friends. When you share gadgets or toys with friends online, they’ll be directed to a custom Keepio website where all of your public items will be shown. You can also write reviews of personal items, as a way to help other people who might be thinking about buying something similar.

What separates Keepio from other personal inventory or cataloging websites is the web-app’s reviewing, buying, and loaning features, which make it easy to spread the word about collectibles you’re hoping to sell for cash. Not only can people use Keepio as a sort of virtual garage sale or a safer alternative to Craigslist, but the web-app also functions as a central spot for collectors to connect and find other people who sell the rare items they covet. For these reasons and many more, Keepio is an innovate web-app that seems to have no limits in its usefulness.

Practical Uses:

  • Take an inventory of everything you own for homeowner’s insurance purposes
  • Post items that you’re thinking about selling online
  • Find friends who have toys you could borrow before your nieces and nephews show up for the weekend
  • Show off the expensive collectibles you’ve collected over the years

Insider Tips:

  • Individual inventory items can be made public or private
  • Items for sale can be listed in the public marketplace
  • Keepio inventories can be used as proof of ownership for insurance purposes
  • Users can “follow” other users with interesting inventories to find out when new items have been added

What we liked:

  • People who like buying used goods but are hesitant about using Craigslist can make purchases from their online friends through Keepio
  • Keepio users can get a good idea of what their used gadgets are worth
  • Custom URLs make it easy for friends to find each other’s public inventories
  • Users can pay the asking price or make an offer on items in the marketplace

What we didn’t like:

  • For safety reasons, it might not be a good idea to create public inventories of all the expensive items located at your home


Company Info:

  • Launched: September 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Founded by: Dave Durand, Nick Huhn, Jesse Lucas, and Jon Shaw
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. This reminded me of your other post:

    Seems like the start of a movement to me. I love seeing people sharing and collaborating. We are all in this life together, after all.

    I would love to see more posts on the topic of “Social Ways to Save Money and Time”

  2. As a cofounder of Keepio, I just wanted to say thanks for the honest write-up and review. A point of clarification, however: one feature that many members find useful is the Search feature which auto-suggests hundreds of thousands of items in Amazon’s database.

    By simply clicking “Want it” or “Have it” buttons, it’s extremely easy to add items to your profile without having to upload photos or type in descriptions manually.

    Thanks again for the review – we value your opinion and appreciate the feedback!

    • You have a knack for mixing prnetats that I admire. I love prints as well. If someone asks for solids in a bag I’m sewing, I often add a loud print for the lining I can’t help myself!

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