So, you’ve downsized and moved into your lovely retirement home, and are loving the minimalist idea of less space.
Hold the phone, Jack, what do you mean I have no place to put my car in the garage? All my “stuff” that I brought from my last house doesn’t fit any more! Help!
Many of us who have moved into smaller surroundings have the same story. We thought we still needed all of our belongings that we had in former houses, only to discover that we don’t have room for it, and probably don’t actually need a big percentage of it.
Contrary to popular belief, your kids don’t want your hand-me-downs, unless of course they are valuable, in which case you’d be hanging on to them yourself.
So, what do we do with all these things that we valued so much? Maybe it’s time to let some of it go and achieve a couple of things in the process. You might as well make a bit of money!
So how to go about selling this stuff?
There is a huge underground economy out there, with people buying and selling everything from soup to nuts. With a little creativity you can make a few bucks with your stuff, free up space in your new abode, and have some fun doing it at the same time.
If you are willing to put in the time to take good pictures (most new smart phones will do the trick well and save a step) and write up some good descriptions of your “products”, you will find yourself selling in no time.
Where do I sell these things, you ask?
In my experience, there are several web sites and apps out there dedicated to this very purpose, such as Kijiji, and Varage Sale, but my best luck has been on Facebook Marketplace. Not only is it free – which despite its advertising Kijiji is not, in that you have to “promote” (read “buy”) priority ads after a few days – but you can also renew your ads on Facebook each week at no cost.
My advice would also be to join as many Buy and Sell Facebook groups in your area as you can giving yourself many outlets to promote your ad and have hundreds of people seeing it at the same time. This greatly enhances your chances of making a sale. It also builds your credibility in selling as long as you respond to buyers promptly and are fair and flexible in your pricing. Just like the “real” business world, reputation and credibility are important if you want to turn this into a regular hobby or venture. I personally belong to over 30 of these groups and with one click can list my ad on all at once.
I make a habit of keeping product boxes where possible for my smaller stuff, so I can present them in the best light when re-selling.
Of course, in this crazy covid world, things have changed so stating “porch pick-up” and e-transfer in your ad is a good idea. Or to take it step further, arranging for a public site, such as a Tim Horton’s parking lot or police station for exchange is a good way of keeping everyone safe and honest without having someone come to your house.
I have made this a hobby of mine, and in the process made a few dollars on items I no longer need or use. As well I have done this for many other people who may not have the equipment, time, or know-how to do it. I design an ad with information on their item, sometimes gleaned from a product site, or an Amazon description, along with multiple photos which greatly improve the chances of selling. I also receive messages and negotiate on behalf of the seller. Consulting with the seller beforehand determining an asking price and a “bottom line” gives me flexibility to work out the best deal for their items.
If you have stuff to sell, hopefully these tips can help you on the road to turning your unwanted stuff into shekels for your piggy bank.
I’m Captain iPad