“Let’s sell everything we own!”, I exclaimed to my husband. Apparently, he didn’t have the same thoughts as me. “That would be going backwards”, he said.
I looked perplexed. “Backwards?” I asked, “but we owe $75,000 of debt. We can buy that stuff back later in cash.”
“I’ll think about it” he said in his manly voice.
Okay then, I am selling all I own! (Yes, I realize this is a joint effort, but sometime a woman needs to get the ball rolling)
This need to venture into a mass selling spree started after reading a guest post by Jenny Newcomer, on Man vs. Debt – PIF $15,000 in 9 months. I soon eyed the house for what I could possibly have to sell. And then it happened…
Every item in my house is now seen with a shiny price tag – the tent in the garage, the motorcycle helmets hanging on the wall, the books in my bookshelf, the coffee press in the cupboard. I realized, with new sight, that I have much to sell in my possession. The problem in the past, was the emotional attachment I harbored with these materialistic items. No more!
I will start small, but be persistant with posting and selling items.
My goal right now: to pay off half of my Bank of America card balance – $900.
On my agenda for the week:
- Sell 2 unused gift cards
- Inventory and update my book listings
- List clothing on Ebay and donate the rest
There are different avenues I am looking to sell my items.
With more than 88 million active users globally, eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. With a diverse and passionate community of individuals and small businesses, eBay offers an online platform where millions of items are traded each day.
Half.com offers buyers an online marketplace where they can buy both new and used textbooks, books, music, movies and video games at discounted prices. With one of the largest inventories on the web, Half.com offers everyone the ability to find the best bargains online, quickly and easily.
Selling on Amazon is a program that enables merchants to sell their products and inventory on Amazon.com. You can sign-up to sell items in the following categories: Books, Music, DVD, Video/VHS, Baby, Camera and Photo, Electronics, Grocery, Health and Personal Care, Home and Garden, Musical Instruments, Office Products, Personal Computers, Software, Sports & Outdoors, Toys & Games, Tools and Hardware, Video Games and Wireless Antennas and Boosters.
Local classifieds and forums – community moderated, and largely free. Jobs, housing, goods, services, romance, local activities, advice – just about anything really. Started as an email list of SF events, as a hobby by Craig Newmark in early 1995. It now generates more than 20 billion page views. On Craigslist.org you can sell just about anything. For good Craigslist selling tips, Click Here
Garage sales are work – a lot of hard work, but the returns more than justify the effort. Whether it’s advertised as Patio, Carport, Yard, Porch, or Garage-a-Rama, people will come and buy. Clean out your closets and ANYTHING that is useless to you or you don’t want – put it in the sale. Don’t throw anything away. People will buy just about anything. You’d be surprised. What is one person’s trash is another’s GOLDMINE!
Let the Selling Begin! What is your best selling avenue (Craigslist, Ebay, Half, Garage Sales, etc…)?