How to Sell Stuff for Extra Money–Quickly and Easily!

How to Sell Stuff for Extra Money -- Miter Saws and Mary Janes

 

When it comes to boosting your income, one of the easiest things you can do is to sell stuff for extra money. Most everyone has extra stuff lying around the house that isn’t necessary. By taking that stuff and selling it for extra money, you can reach your financial goals even faster. Plus, it feels great to purge!

During a recent move, I took the opportunity to significantly pare down my belongings. It’s remarkable how quickly stuff sneaks up on you if you’re not aware of what you have.

I have a lot of tools for my house flips, a ton of outdoor gear, and plenty of household items. I took the opportunity to thoroughly examine everything I had before I packed up. It was liberating to get rid of so much, and I was able to sell stuff for extra money pretty easily.

Sell Stuff for Extra Money: What to Sell

Pretty much anything can be sold for extra money. If you’re looking to sell stuff for extra money, take a walk around the house. Open the closets, raid the basement, get into the garage. Anything you’re not using is a candidate to sell.

I was able to sell appliances, clothing, home decor, and furniture before I moved. You can easily sell antiques, electronics, books, and even unopened cosmetics. If you spent your money on the item, chances are someone else will do the same.

How to Price Your Items

Price will first depend on how you plan to sell the item (more on that below). If you’ll be working with a consignment shop, they’ll provide the price range. Keep in mind they’ll also charge a commission on the final sale, so be realistic about what you can sell this way.

If you opt to sell an item yourself, do your research. I usually always sell stuff for extra money myself, so I look online and in local classifieds to get an idea of what something may sell for.

You’ll need to find a comparable item if you can’t find an exact match. You also need to pay attention to the condition of the item. Try to find something similar on sites like eBay, Craigslist, etc. Then see what those sellers are charging.

Finally, don’t forget that just because an item has a certain price doesn’t mean that’s what it will sell for. Pay attention to recent sales and see what the final number is. This will give you a better idea of how to price your own items.

Sell Stuff for Extra Money: Where to Sell

As mentioned above, you have options when  you decide to sell something. Online, offline, and hands-off are all viable ways to sell stuff for extra money. I usually opt to list my items online. Here’s a list of places to start when you decide to sell your own things:

Facebook: I love, love, love the Facebook private groups! I usually join the online yard sale groups where I live, and I periodically peruse the listings. I’ve sold plenty of things simply by posting to the private groups. Often, my posts, if written well, end up being shared so someone eventually buys. You can also simply post on your own feed and ask friends to share.

eBay: eBay is a global marketplace, so you can literally sell things around the world. Pay attention to potential shipping costs and make sure you’re accounting for those in your price. Additionally, you can always calculate the shipping after the sale and eBay allows you to adjust accordingly.

Craigslist: Scams aside, Craigslist is a wonderful way to sell stuff for extra money. It’s free and easy to post. I’ve sold appliances, furniture, and home decor this way many times. Just be smart about who you’re corresponding with, never list your address and contact information publicly, and conduct transactions in a public place if possible.

Hold a sale: Garage sales still hold appeal for many people, so don’t discount their ability to help you make extra cash. Advertise your sale online and be prepared to have people try to bargain with your prices. A garage sale is a quick, easy way to unload a bunch of things you no longer need/want/use.

Best Practices for a Successful Sale

Selling your stuff for extra cash is simple if you adhere to a few rules. Even if you’ve been unlucky in the past, it is possible to close a successful sale with the following tips:

Pay attention to the description. Your description is your chance to really sell the item. Just like a blog post, the title of your ad matters. So does your inclusion of any brand names or special features. The length of your description is proportional to the item’s value. A boat is certainly going to need a longer description than that old skirt hanging in your closet.

Photos are everything. Your photos will really make or break your sale. Pay particular attention to lighting and composition. Your goal is to showcase the item as if it were in a store. You want to entice the buyer, so make sure to take appropriate photos of all angles of the item. I say appropriate because you obviously won’t need more than a few with that skirt, but you will need more to showcase the boat!

Timing is key. Selling a convertible in the winter? You probably won’t have as many interested buyers as you could have during the summer. That snowboard collecting dust in the garage? Sell it right before or during the ski season to maximize your chances of completing the sale. If using eBay, you have to assign the auction timeline so be sure to choose appropriately.

Show all flaws. If there is any damage or wear to the item, make sure to disclose that in your description and photos. Nothing is worse than a person refusing to buy based on a negated flaw. Be honest upfront and save yourself time in the long-run!

Be smart. As I mentioned above, scammers are out there. Be smart about how you conduct your sales. When I sell stuff for extra money I always try to conduct the transaction in a public place. I rarely give out my home address, and I never go alone. A few simple precautions are all that’s necessary to safeguard yourself and your belongings.

Have you ever sold stuff for extra money? Share your tips and success stories below!

 

 

Tiny House Living: How to Transition to a Tiny House

Tiny House Living: How to Live in a Tiny House

 

Over the past few years, I’ve watched the tiny house movement take the real estate world by storm. There’s a growing trend to eschew the big house and opt for tiny house living instead.

While I haven’t completely adopted the tiny house mindset, I have been moving towards a more minimalist house approach. I’ve always been someone who despises clutter and the mental messiness it entails, so minimalist and tiny house living have a certain appeal to me.

If you are considering moving into a tiny house, here’s how you can transition from a normal-sized living environment to a tiny house:

Tiny House Living: Research, Research, Research!

Before you purchase a tiny house, make sure to do your research. There are tons of options out there! You could have something as small as a few square feet, or you could opt for something with a few hundred square feet. There are plenty of design options, too.

Additionally, you’ll want to decide how far off the grid you’ll be going. Will your tiny house be 100% self-sufficient? Does it need to be anchored somewhere? Will it be something you drive or tow? These are all questions you need to answer before you take the tiny house living plunge.

Tiny House Living: Essential Design Features

As you decide the type of tiny house you’d like to live in, don’t forget about non-negotiable design features you must have. Think about the creature comforts you need versus those you want. A clothes dryer seems like a must-have in a normal house but maybe you could opt for drying your clothes outside? That dishwasher will eat valuable space in a tiny house; maybe it’s time to hand-wash your dishes?

Think about how you’ll store your food, clothing, any personal items. Opt for multi-functional pieces whenever possible. Be specific about your organizational needs, too.

When you go to buy your tiny house, you’ll have to decide between building it yourself or purchasing a mass-produced or used option. Make sure to design your tiny house in a way that works for your lifestyle!

Tiny House Living: Cut the Clutter

After you have your new tiny house, you’ll need to carefully examine everything you own. This will help you decide what to bring and what to toss, donate, or recycle. I read an interesting fact while researching this post that says we spend 80% of our time wearing 20% of our clothing. How much space could you save if you only kept that 20% of what’s stuffing your closet and drawers??

As you purge, make sure to only keep what is necessary. Transitioning from a normal-sized home to a tiny house is a big adjustment so make sure you’re setting yourself up for success by reducing the amount of things you’re carrying around.

Tiny House Living: Adopting Different Hobbies

As you transition into your new tiny house, you may find that some of your old hobbies don’t fit your new lifestyle. Instead of dragging around all kinds of extra stuff, consider finding new hobbies. Think about things you can do outside (bonus points for more exercise!). I love to hike, rock climb, and canyoneer, so I already have a long list of outdoor hobbies. However, I also like to draw in my bullet journal. I don’t think all of those pens and markers I’ve accumulated would be essential if I adopted tiny house living.

If you’re a book lover like I am, you may need to go digital. I’ve always loved the act of turning the page and feeling the book, so digital reading was an adjustment for me. I eventually chose to invest in a Kindle, and I no longer miss all of those books cluttering my home office. 🙂

Tiny House Living: Opt Outside

If you choose to have a tiny house that isn’t mobile, you can spend plenty of time enhancing your yard. Doing so can double or triple your living space! If you have the yard space, you may want to opt for a fire pit, a garden, or even an outdoor kitchen. The more you spend your time outside, the less you’ll feel cramped and cooped up in your new tiny house.

If you opt for a tiny house that can be moved, seek out places that have plenty of outdoor amenities such as parks, nature trails, and outdoor picnic areas. Get out and about and you’re sure to love your tiny house even more.

Tiny House Living: Keep Your Perspective

Above all, remember that tiny house living is not for everyone. If anything, it isn’t easy to stay on top of clutter, especially if you’ve had lots of possessions in the past. If you’re serious about tiny house living, you can reap many benefits. These include saving a substantial amount of money and seeing more of the world.

I know someone who has a tiny house and she no longer has a mortgage payment. Now, she and her family live debt-free thanks to their tiny house. They also travel a bunch and have amazing stories to share. If I ever opt for tiny house living, I’ll definitely travel even more!

Would you ever live in a tiny house? Do you know anyone who does? Share your thoughts below!