I’ve always gifted friends lots of baby clothes and equipment and subsequently toddler items when we no longer needed them. I also make numerous donations to charity. However, I have developed a bit of an obsession with de-cluttering by selling things online.
It all started when I bought a cheap little car for my husband when he was learning to drive. He passed his test, and shortly after I discovered I was expecting twins. My lovely sporty saloon wasn’t going to be any good for three car seats, so we had to buy a sensible family car. That meant we had three cars, which was ridiculous. We hadn’t decided whether to keep my car, but one thing was certain: the little car had to go.
I’d never sold anything online before but as the car was old and not worth that much, I thought it was the best way. I chose to list it on Gumtree as a few friends had mentioned that they’d bought things off the site. I was inundated with responses and was able to go with someone who was offering very close to my asking price. I was bitten by the bug.
De-cluttering smaller items
I had some wedding shoes that I used for trying on with my wedding dress, but weren’t the actual shoes I ended up having for the day. They had no sentimental value so I thought I’d get rid. I did a search for a similar item to help me with my pricing and I came across the Preloved UK. It seemed more targeted at women than Gumtree and my immediate impression was that it would be better suited for selling clothes and shoes. I sold the shoes quite quickly. I was surprised as I wasn’t convinced that someone would buy their wedding shoes online. This spurred me on. I then started to simultaneously list things on the two sites.
With three children, I amass so many clothes and these require some serious de-cluttering. As well as the aforementioned sites, I also find selling pages on Facebook great. There’s even one specifically for Mini Boden and Joules childrens’ clothes!
So in addition to the car and the shoes, I have also sold:
- Medela Pump In Style Advanced breast pump
- Harmony Duo Twin Feeding Cushion
- iCandy Peach Blossom
- Silver Cross 3D Pram System
- Maxi Cosi car seats and the FamilyFix system
- Maternity wear
After that I called cleaners to clean all new space, that appeared after sell those stuff. Visit the Ready Set Maids homepage, the the list if all their services.
The breast pump was expensive to buy new, but I’d spoken to a few mums that had bought them second hand, so I thought there was probably a market for mine once I was done with it. Similarly the feeding cushion is pretty pricy. This is the only item that I have bought secondhand. I then re-sold it afterwards.
- Good pictures are vital
- Be realistic, if you price too high you’ll put people off
- That said, don’t go too low as you might be bartered even lower
- Descriptions should be informative but succinct
- For something like a buggy, people will want the instruction manuals, without these you can’t expect to get as high a price
- Regionalised ads are good as if someone can come to pick items up it saves a lot of faffing
- Be prepared for time wasters and learn how to spot them
- If you are sending items by post, don’t buy posting and packaging until you have received payment (or at least a deposit)
- If someone is coming to pay in cash for a larger item and requests you take it off the market, then you need to get a deposit
- If you’re not doing a face-to-face transaction, then PayPal is the way to go
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