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*Expired* Minimizing Monday: Have Stuff to Sell?

by Freebies4Mom on August 25, 2008 7:47 am

Clean out your jewelry boxes this week on Minimizing Monday at Handprints on the Wall. I desperately needed motivation to do this because it’s probably the very last thing on my to-do list. That’s exactly why I’m participating in Minimizing Monday, to motivate me to unclutter and organize things.

Have Stuff to Sell?
Most of the things we keep in our house actually have a negative value to ourselves if they are things we never use are that clutter our living spaces. But someone else might have a specific need or want for that item and pay us cash for it. If you have some items that you want to get rid of, but you think someone else might want there are lots of ways to sell them. If you have jewelry to sell, Minimizing Monday has some jewelry selling tips to offer. Other ways that people commonly sell things are by having a garage sale, taking items to a resale or consignment shop, using a free classified ads service like Craig’s List or Walmart, or selling on eBay. Northern Cheapskate has been learning more about using Walmart’s new free classified service and selling items on eBay, so you might want to read her tips. She also found yet another Kotex sample you can request, so check that out here.

I choose to give away or donate most of the items in my house so I don’t have a lot of experience trying to sell stuff. For me it is a decision about how I want to spend my time. I do not want to spend my time trying to sell things that I feel I have already gotten my use out of. And I receive a greater satisfaction from finding new homes for my gently-used items than from receiving a few dollars for them. For some of my nicer baby equipment that I can’t pass along to friends who can use it, I have found that it sells quickly and I get a decent amount of money by taking it to a consignment shop. This is a quick way for me to sell things because I simply drop off the items, and don’t have to deal directly with the buyer. The beauty of consignment shops is that they usually give you 50% of the sales price, and you only get paid if the item sells. If you take the same item to a resale shop that buys your stuff outright (and then tries to sell it) you will usually get a lot less.

I hope that you’ll join me if you also need encouragement to go through your jewelry box, get rid of items you will never wear, and organize those items you are keeping. Please leave a comment and let us know how Minimizing Monday has motivated you!

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Mama Bean August 25, 2008 at 10:59 am

Craig's List is another great way to sell stuff. And its FREE. No ebay or paypal charges. I have had great success selling (& buying on the cheap) with Craig's List.

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jacqui August 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm

yeah i love cregslist… i have bought and sold a ton of things on there.. but i also try ebay when it wont sell on cregslist.. larger audience, and it useally gets sold that way. plus whatever stuff i sell of my daughters on ebay i just turn right around and spend it on new stuff for her!

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Kathy August 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Freecycle is a great resource for clearning clutter. You can post items that you no longer need, and know that your clutter will be going to someone who can use it (and keep it out of the landfill)!Check out http://www.freecycle.org/ to find your local community’s group.

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Anonymous August 25, 2008 at 1:12 pm

This just motivated me to go through my “junk” closet – whew!

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one frugal lady August 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I love your blog and have been reading it now for about 8 months. You and my husband of course, have convinced me to start a blog of my own. Thanks! So, how do I get people to my blog now? Thanks so much for all the advice along the way! hotmomma.

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Heather August 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm

HotMomma -I’m excited you’ve started your own blog! You need to read MomAdvice’s post about Growing your Readership: http://tinyurl.com/6xmr2l and you need to join Frugal Hacks. That is a great place to get started!

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one frugal lady August 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Awesome, I will check it out. Thanks again!

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Holly August 25, 2008 at 8:55 pm

I just sold 30 books for $80 on cash4books.net. Read about it in Woman’s Day Magazine (free thanks to you!) and tried it out. Worked great. Free shipping of your books to them as well. It was really easy.

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Ginger August 26, 2008 at 12:02 pm

You read my mind beautifully. Hubs and I were talking about all of this on our trip to El Paso. Things I have been wanting to do but hadn’t had the time to do this summer. Maybe September! I’ve bookmarked your post. Thanks for taking the time to share. What a peach you are! Between you and Angie, I may end up more successful yet!!! Ginger

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