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Sugar Grove man develops app to aid antique buying, selling

SUGAR GROVE – Say hello to Annie Teekr, an antique seller, buyer and haggler all rolled into one.

The name comes from antiquer, meaning someone who antiques or frequents flea markets, said Ben Popp, 24, of Sugar Grove, who developed a free phone app called Annie Teekr.

“It’s a free app for flea market attendees and vendors, where they can post items for sale and surf items for sale according to their specific location,” Popp said. “Once they download the app, they enter a ZIP code, and anything being sold in that area will pop up. They have the option to click ‘haggle’ if interested or click ‘not interested.’ ”

If potential buyers choose to haggle, Popp said, they can use the app to contact the seller via phone or email to discuss price.

In addition to antiques, it serves as a buy-sell app for products in categories listed in a drop-down menu, Popp said. These include shopping, collectible, lifestyle, hobby, home, crafts, art, heirloom, flea market, auction, souvenir, furniture, tools, jewelry and vintage, among others.

Popp also works as writer, having published educational children’s books for Amazon. He said he also works part-time as a security guard.

Popp said he got the idea to create an app for antiquing after going to a local flea market to look at antiques with a friend.

“A lot of these people – this is their only way of making a living,” Popp said. “I thought there has to be a way for them to sell their stuff ’round the clock. My app allows them to stay open virtually.”

Popp said when outdoor events are affected by weather, the app can keep the sale going.

“You can just type in the ZIP code and see what’s for sale sitting in the car while the weather clears up,” Popp said.

He also launched a wearable T-shirt representing the resourceful who refurbish, refinish and go through flea markets and thrift stores.

“This is such a big industry … but there’s never been an actual brand or representation for those types of people,” Popp said. “For the first time, this will be their actual voice – for the resourceful who don’t shop at big-name stores.”

Popp launched the app a few months ago and already is at work on version 2.0.

His app does not require sign-ups. Those interested can download the app for free, agree to the terms, then either see items for sale or put up items for sale.

“I wanted to provide a platform where it’s free and keep it no-nonsense, no-clutter, where it actually benefits people,” Popp said.

Information about Popp’s app is available on Twitter at @annieteekr.

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