Almost everyone wants to get stuff they aren’t using out of their house and it is a bonus when you make some money in the process of cleaning out. There are several ways to get items out of your house:
1)Donate – I have already written a post about donations, so all I will say here is do your own research on your chosen non-profit.
2)Pass on to friends – This works great until you would like to have a little money out of your outgrown items but you feel bad about charging friends for them.
3)Yard Sales – It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s raining, and nobody wants to pay the already low prices you have on your items because they have been watching too many episodes of Pawn Stars and American Pickers. “This 3 piece Gymboree outfit that you have $6 on,” (never mind that you paid about $45 for the set) “I’ll give you $1.50 for it.” Ummmmmm, no thanks. So by 1 pm you have sold a whopping $8 worth of clothes, you’re sunburnt, wet, or cold, irritated by the audacity of the offers you have received, and now you have to pack it all up and figure out what to do with it until next year.
4)Consignment Stores –, Typically these resale shops will give you anywhere from 10-30% of their selling price on the items you take in. You had better be sure you only take in the sizes they need, in the styles and brands they want, otherwise you will be taking them back home or just desperate enough to take whatever money they offer you for them, that is if they are even buying items.
5)Online Groups – This is my main focus. I want you to think about what is truly involved in selling your items at meet-up locations.
How to buy or sell your items through online groups and meet-up locations.
Join an area-wide online Facebook group. Post your item on the page with a photo and a price. Identify a buyer. Then tell this person you don’t know:
1. Where you will meet them.
2. When you will meet them.
3. How much cash to bring or that you are bringing.
4. What make, model, and color of car that each of you/they will be driving.
Wait a minute! Is this the “don’t” example in a safety video? How far are people willing to go to get a little extra cash?
We have all let down our guard with a false sense of online security.
Just because this person has a picture of a person with a nice smile on their FB profile means that they are a nice person right? Really? There is no way to tell. Let’s procede to give all of our personal information, unconcerned and unaware of who can see it.
A “closed” Facebook group means that you have “join” to be in the group to see information, but hundreds, and often thousands, of people can be part of these groups.
First, we find out that the person has a ninja turtle costume for sale.