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Sell Unwanted Stuff Like a Boss

With all this decluttering going on around here, there is a whole lot of stuff to get rid of. It’s one thing to remove it from one space but much good if we are simply dumping it elsewhere in the house. So what to do now?

Easy… We sell it!

Well not all of it. No one wants your out of date cereal or broken shoes, but the stuff that’s of value that we aren’t donating or giving away needs to find itself a new home somehow.

Here are some of the best places to sell you unwanted goods & get a little extra cash back in your pocket:

1. eBay

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you want eBay is. It’s pretty much made a name for itself by now but just in case you’ve just returned from 20 years in the jungle with no wifi, eBay is a mammoth buying, selling and auction site for new and used goods. You list your stuff online (which can take about 5-10 minutes to create a basic listing) and set your price. You can do buy it now with a set price or set your item for auction and hope for the best. The method really depends on the item and the lowest you’re willing to sell for. Once your item sells, you get paid and you post it (or if you arranged local pick up, they come get it).

2. Garage sale

For as long as there were garages, there have been garage sales (or at least I assume so). Set your garage/car port/driveway up as a store front, stick some price tags on your stuff and advertise. You can do this with signs, online or in the paper. Then wait for people to come. It’s great for selling lots in one sitting… Fingers crossed! Be prepared for negotiations. People come looking for a bargain.

3. Facebook

You could do a status letting your friends know you have certain items for sale. Depends on your friends and what’s on offer.

Alternatively, Facebook selling groups can be your friend. Often there are groups set up for your local area, each with their own selling rules so get familiar before you post. Generally you post pics of your items with prices and pick up suburb and other members can comment sold or ask questions. This can be a great way to move stuff easily but it all depends on the demand. Sometimes you have little or no success, other times you may have 20 people all wanting to buy the same item.

4. Online Trading Sites

Sites such as Gumtree here in Australia or Craigslist are somewhere between eBay and facebook groups. You post your pics and item details online, people can contact you and arrange pick up. The good thing is with these types of sites, you get a more targeted audience for the items you are selling through searches and you may find them more successful than garage sale groups… And cheaper than eBay for selling as most are free to list.

5. Second Hand Stores

This can be another quick way to get rid of stuff and get cash fast but they are usually a lot more selective on what they will buy. Old technology or outdated products are unlikely to be of interest and expect a lower sale price than private sales online or in person, but immediate results can be nice.

6. Handmade Sites

This is a little different but if you find in your decluttering you have a lot of handcrafted items or craft related supplies, handmade sites like Etsy may be a good option for some of your decluttering. You may even find your stuff selling like hot cakes and inspire some more creating.

7. Friends & Family

Certain items may be of interest to people you know. Got a spare fridge and know someone moving out? Ask them if they are interested. Same goes for DVDs, CDs, technology and the like. But remember, they are your friends so they may be expecting mates rates. Go careful.

8. Markets

Lots of local flea markets are available for anyone to set up a stall for a fee. This is usually fairly reasonable and you just have to take your table if not supplied and other display items for your stuff. A couple of weeks of selling at the markets may be the perfect solution for your decluttering sell off… If you’re up for the early mornings.

There you have it! Plenty of options to sell unwanted stuff LIKE A BOSS! So want are you waiting for? Get selling because then you can go shopping… I mean… Save that money real good!.

Do you have any super selling tips to share?

34 thoughts on “Sell Unwanted Stuff Like a Boss”

  1. Ebay has always been my go-to for selling things. It’s so easy to use. I also love going to second-hand stores because I can sell things and shop a little too!

    1. With the massive wardrobe clean out I did yesterday, eBay will be my go to for some of it as there are shoes I’ve never worn. Bring on the dollars :)

      1. Yes, Gumtree is full of all sorts of spam isn’t it? Selling in the trading post or gumtree also means letting strangers into your home. I find I mostly donate stuff because postage in Australia is crazy expensive too so ebay is usually more effort then it’s worth.

        1. Yes, I’ve heard some dodgy things about gumtree but a lot of people choose to meet in a public place like a shopping centre to avoid the people coming to the house. This is a good option. eBay is great if it’s an item likely to sell well.

  2. Cindy @ Your Kids OT

    I’ve sold a couple of things on gumtree and some on ebay. I want to sell some curtains but getting around to taking photos, measuring, putting it all together…so time consuming. I should get onto it.

    1. Oh yeah, that side of it can be hard work, I definitely agree. It slows me down a bit too. I have a front room full of stuff to photograph and sell right now… Eeek!

  3. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    That’s a very comprehensive list! When we moved, we sold heaps of stuff on Gumtree with good results, but if possible, I much prefer to give the stuff to people who need it, whether that be friends or family or the local charity shop. Thanks for linking up to the Ultimate Rabbit Hole!

    1. I do a mix of both too. Right now the extra cash is extra helpful but some stuff is better for donating. Especially clothes. Such a big job selling lots of clothes! I got great satisfaction giving away a garbage bag of clothes recently to someone in need. She was so grateful, which is all the reward needed :)

  4. Jess - A Little Part of the World

    I am thinking of doing an ebay store as we have a HEAP of barely used baby things and I would like to do a mix of selling to recoup a bit and local donations. This is a great list and well timed. Thanks. Jx

  5. Glad to have helped :) I have a stack of left over stock from a business too but clothing so planning some facebook auctions over coming days to move a bit of it. Fingers crossed!

  6. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

    I’m trying to sell a heap of stuff at the moment and have been using Gumtree and a FB group. Sold a couple of things but it seems to be stalling a little. Might have to look at some other options I suppose.

    1. It can get very tedious after a while when things don’t budge as fast as we would like. Good luck getting the rest moving soon.

  7. I have almost exclusively done the fb groups thing the past year or so. I like the speed & no postage (but hate waiting on strangers to turn up lol). 15 items is good. I’ve sold a handful but time to get serious so I can have my house back ;) so much stuff!

  8. Jo @ You had us at hello

    Awesome list!! I’d have to say my favourite is eBay (you can get lost for hours hey?!) and our local town buy, swap and sell page. It’s nice to know your pre-loved item can be bought by someone you might know – and it goes to a good home

    1. I used to be the biggest eBay addict. It got a bit excessive so I have avoided it lately lol but it’s nice to have parcels arriving all the time ;)

  9. Great ideas Holly. We’ve had some really good luck on Craigslist but with CL there comes some super strange people. So there’s a bit of filtering and common sense safety concerns but it works! Great looking blog:)

    1. Thanks Gary. It’s a bit the same with Gumtree here and even the facebook groups but so nice to get that cash in hand as stuff walks out the door :)

  10. Thanks for linking up @ #wednesdayswisdom. I have used Gumtree & local buy & sell on Facebook . It is always great to get a bit of cash for something you do not need anymore!

  11. Yes! I’ve been purging for a big cross-country move and it feels so good! I’ve found that in my area there are a lot of Facebook groups devoted to selling, trading, bartering one’s stuff. Not sure if this is true of all areas, but I’ve had the best luck there. Second best, Craigslist.

    Thanks for the tips!

    1. How exciting for you! Good reason to find motivation too. There’s about 20 fb groups for selling just in my local area. The total number worldwide would be huge!

  12. Misty Nicole Roberts

    Great post! I actually am blogging daily this month, and then every other month this year, a No-Spend Daily Challenge, and this past week I blogged each day about a different way to sell items, including cragistlist, facebook, consignment, thredup, like twice, ebay, etsy, craftsy, and others from items gleaned last week during a home deep cleaning project. This is a great list! I’ll be featuring you as my linky party pick of the week for Merry Monday’s, and I’d love fr you to check out my no spend challenge, and blog, too!

    1. Thanks Misty. Sounds like you have been mega busy. I did daily for a month mid last year and it can be full on but rewarding. Great goal to set for the year.

  13. Kelly @ Mum-bo-Jumbo

    Holly, this post is great – some fantastic tips! I have so much unwanted stuff I will be taking on some of your advice. Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday, your post received the most clicks and will be featured at the party this week!

  14. bel @ Mums Take Five

    i’ve found lots of places to sell of late. But i havent listed anything becuase there isnt much buying going on. Guess it really just all depends. Thanks for sharing Thanks for sharing with us for The Sunday Brunch Magazine, lovely to see you Bel & Eliza xx

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