One of the things I had definitely forgotten about having a small baby is all the STUFF that you seem to accumulate. The baby swing, the playmat, the car seat, the list goes on and on. And of course all these things need a home. Which very quickly brought to my attention that we just didn’t have the space. I hate my house to look cluttered. And our reasonable sized three bed home was beginning to burst at the seams!
A few weeks back I decided enough was enough. I have been slowly but surely having a good old fashioned clear out. I also thought now was a good time to start selling any unwanted items to raise some funds to go into a little kitty towards helping pay for Christmas gifts.
Just one week later and I was one large box of unwanted possessions lighter and £150 better off! Which definitely left me feeling a little smug. I still have so much stuff to sort through, sell on and donate to charity. But I’m happy that I have at least made a start!
So today I am sharing a few tips to get you started if you’re looking to do the same.
- Join your local Facebook selling groups. I often find these groups a lot easier to sell on than eBay. They are perfect for any bigger items that you would prefer to be collected too.
- Research similar items to what you’re selling. This will give you a good guide as to how much you can list your item for / expect to make. I often will watch other auctions of similar items so I can see how much they sell for in the end before I put my listing up.
- When using eBay always make sure your auction finishes on a Sunday evening. This seems to be the most popular time for people to be online and making purchases. If your auction ended during the day on a week day, you are a lot less likely to sell your item or get as much for it.
- Send your items using a courier rather than sending with Royal Mail. I pretty much always find that couriers are cheaper than Royal Mail. I tend to use TNT as you can often get your item collected the same day which gives me an even quicker turnaround. And lastly, you don’t even have to leave the house which of course means no more dragging your parcels along to the post office and having to queue for ages to send them!
- Take clear photographs of what you are selling and always be honest. If something has a scratch or a mark then make sure you disclose this in your advert and take photos of said mark. It will only backfire on you if you don’t and no one wants to be dealing angry buyers demanding refunds!
I hope my tips help you get started! Is there anything you would add to this list?
*Collaborative post although all opinions are of course my own*