Online sites like Craigslist and Swap Shop Facebook pages make it easier than ever for people to buy and sell stuff right in their own neighborhood.

Our own Socketeers have bought and sold all kinds of things online. Josh in business sales bought a bandsaw and sold a swimming pool. Stephanie in marketing sold her car. Justin in customer service buys and sells all kinds of drum gear for his band.

We all love the convenience of buying and selling locally. You don't have to worry about shipping costs or long delays waiting for items to arrive. You can often inspect an item in person before buying. Sellers can avoid paying fees to a host site or hassling with shipment of items.

Early this morning, damaging storm winds blew through Sedalia, MO, causing significant destruction at the Missouri State Fair.

Although many attractions (like the Socket Pig Races at left) suffered damages, the Fair reopened today at 3 p.m. and continues through the weekend.

All events and concerts are expected to continue as scheduled.