Have you read the KonMari method of decluttering your home? (Get a copy here –> The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing)
The idea is simple. You go through your things, and for each thing, ask yourself, does it bring me joy? If not, you get rid of it. I love this idea in theory. In my real practical life, I can’t tell myself that I love M’s sippy cups, or pacifiers, or bottles, or many other baby things that fill up my house. They don’t really bring me joy. But I have to keep them. Because I have a toddler. Who does bring me joy. So I won’t get rid of him, or his things, Even though I hate most of his things.
Anyway, even though I can’t get rid of everything that doesn’t bring me joy, there is plenty of stuff that I found that I could get rid of! And the best part is, I didn’t just get rid of it. I sold it using our online local classifieds. (though if you don’t have classifieds online where you are, Craigslist, Amazon, or eBay are all good options.) I like selling locally because I hate paying shipping, and for whatever reason, it seems impossible for me to get to USPS, FedEx, or whoever. Even though it should be easy. Hm.
We did not want to U-haul anything unnecessary when we moved. We still have a few things for sale that we had to cart here with us, but overall I’m pleased with our purging of goods.
5 Items we have recently sold:
- DSLR Camera: $375.00
- A small fraction of Danny’s dental school equipment: $1950.00
- An inflatable raft that technically belonged to Danny’s family: $200
- A multi purpose heat tool: $10
- A TV stand: $25 (we bought it used in our local classifieds for $10. We cleaned it up, used it for 4 years, and then sold it for $25!)
We actually still have a ton of stuff we are still in the process of selling. These things can take time, you know. When we started packing up to move, I really didn’t think we had much stuff we could sale– wrong-oh! We made nearly $3000 from stuff that was literally just sitting on our shelves! Granted, most people won’t have expensive dental equipment just hanging around, but I’d wager that you’d still be surprised what some of the things just sitting around your place are worth. So, I thought I’d share a couple of our tips for parting with your goods here.
5 TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR STUFF:
- Create high quality images of your products, and take shots from several angles.
- Be honest. If there is anything (even a teeny tiny scratch!) wrong with your product, say so in your listing. Take a photo of it. This will build your credibility so people will trust you and be willing to buy your product.
- Be flexible. Be willing to wiggle a little on your price (the tv stand we sold above we had listed for $30. The lady drove to my neighborhood to pick it up. I wanted the sucker gone. I honestly would have given it to her for free. So when she wanted to negotiate on price, I was willing to come down a little. Be willing to meet people (if you are selling locally)– this is also a good safety measure so you don’t have strangers coming to your house.
- If you are using an online service, ask for ratings/reviews from your customers.
- If you are using an online service, SHIP YOUR ITEMS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
What things have YOU sold online? Any tips for selling your things? Drop us a line!
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