At this point in my financial journey, selling my stuff is more of a “feel good” activity. It’s a type of cleansing to make up for past consumer sins. If it was to pay down
- eBay: As you identify things that need to be sold, start selling before the garage sale date. If the item ships well and you see other similar items have sold for a reasonable price on eBay, go that direction. Be careful with shipping costs.
- Craigslist or Facebook Market Place: Not a great item to ship, ask yourself if you’re willing to meet someone to sell it on Craigslist or Facebook Market Place. Traditionally, my price point is $15. I’m not going to sit in a parking lot and wait for someone unless it was for $15 or more. I don’t have endless amounts of time, if I did, the number would be more like $5-10. I also refuse to drive across town to meet someone. Again, it’s all about how badly you need the money.
- Garage Sale: Now that you’ve tried other avenues and failed. It’s time for the garage sale. At this point, you should know how much each item is worth since you were unable to get those prices online. Mark it low if you don’t plan on relisting it online again. The goal at this point is to purse and squeeze every last quarter out of your shoppers.
- Consignment Stores: Whatever I have leftover from the garage sale then goes to a consignment store. The only options I have in Omaha are kids toys/clothes and women’s clothing and accessories.
- Friend: If you have some nicer items that you think a friend might enjoy please share it with them. You can say, “I have a few things I’m about to get rid of, would you like to look through them and then take them to the Goodwill. No pressure, don’t take it if you don’t need it.”
- Goodwill: If I’m not aggressively trying to make money, my last stop is
the goodwill. Goodbye clutter! Otherwise, I cycle through steps 1-4 again.