You hosted a successful garage sale.
With only a day or two of work, you made some quick cash that you can use to pay off your debt or work toward your next financial goal.
But what now?
What do you do with the stuff that didn’t sell?
You have two options — you can try other ways to sell your stuff or you can donate them to a cause or organization.
Next week we’ll look at various places to donate your items, but today, let’s look at a few more ways to sell your stuff to earn some extra money.
It takes some work, but my husband and I have had success in selling our items using the following methods:
We have made thousands of dollars from Craigslist — literally thousands. Not only do we use it to advertise for our garage sales, but we have had great luck selling the items that didn’t sell. We have sold countless items over the years, from our old smartphones to our old cars. The best part is that it is completely free!
When we don’t have luck selling something on Craigslist, then our next step is to list the item on eBay to reach a wider audience. We’ve also found that collectibles (e.g. comic books or sports memorabilia) and luxury items (e.g. designer purses) do well on eBay. Check out eBay’s fee FAQ for details on fees associated with each sale.
We haven’t tried selling anything on Amazon yet, but we do plan to try it out soon. It turns out you don’t have to be a business entity to sell on Amazon. Individuals can sell new or used items, and many have had great success. The Fulfillment by Amazon option makes it easy, too. Just ship your item(s) to Amazon’s warehouse, and when they sell, Amazon will package them and ship them for you. Of course Amazon will take a portion of the sale, but you get access to Amazon’s customer base of more than 240 million shoppers.
Consignment shop/sale —
Consignment shops are popping up everywhere, and are another way to sell your things. They’re usually picky about quality and what they’ll accept, and they’ll keep a portion of the sale.
OfferUp is our new favorite way to sell things quickly. It is an app available for IOS and Android devices. Just simply snap a picture of the item you want to sell, list your sale price, and wait for an offer. Prospective buyers will send you a message through the app to ask you a question or make you an offer, and then they can rate the purchase experience once the sale has been completed. It’s free to use and super simple!
What About You?
Participate in the conversation. What is your favorite way to sell your stuff? What would you add to this list? Share in the comments below.
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I love selling my clothes to online sites since I can purge what I don’t wear anymore and get a few new pieces that I will wear.
Monica Louie says
Great, Susannah! Any specific ones that you’d recommend?
I personally really like ThredUp. Here’s my referral link if you wanted to order/sell from them (it gets your $10 off!) http://www.thredup.com/r/HRNNDS
Monica Louie says
Thanks for sharing! I’ve heard of ThredUp but never tried it. Glad to hear you like it. 🙂
Marlynn [UrbanBlissLife] says
Thanks for more ideas! I’ll have to look into OfferUp. I haven’t seen that option before!
Monica Louie says
My friend told me about it a few weeks ago, and we’ve been loving it ever since. Let me know what you think. 🙂