We’re doing it again.
Selling (almost) everything we own and living a nomadic lifestyle. Six months in Canada and six months in Mexico. We plan on listing our house in December 2016 and renting a house on a month-to-month basis so we won’t need much of anything. We have 16 months to sell everything.
Considering it took us seven years to amass all of this stuff, it will be a challenge to get rid of all of it during that time but, we’ve sold everything before so we’ve learned a thing or two and thought we’d share what we’ve learned.
Even if you don’t want to get rid of everything but want to make some extra cash, these tips will work for you.
Tips on Selling Unwanted Items
1. Select The Item(s). Start with the room that you use least often. Chances are, the items in it aren’t critical to your daily life. Whether you’re moving or decluttering, identify a few items that you haven’t used in a period of time, say a few months or even years. Ask yourself if the item has sentimental value, is irreplaceable, or one of your 10 “Save” Items. If you answered “Yes”, ask yourself if it’s still worth it to keep it if you have to pay to store the item. If the answer is No, then put it in the “Sale”, “Donate” or “Gift” pile.
2. Categorize The Item. Once you have some items in the “Sale” pile then you need to figure out how you’re going to sell them and you have several options; Garage Sale, Auction or to sell the item individually. Depending on the value and quality of the item, determines how we sell it. If it’s worth less than $10 then we try and sell it at a garage sale. We’ve found that people will often not get in their car and drive for an item worth less than that. Auction sales require you to pay a fee and it’s worth it for high ticket or rarer items such as our rawhide chair from the 1920’s or our wicker chaise lounge. While we use a variety of all three methods, the one we use the most is to sell the item individually.
3. Selling The Item. As mentioned above, there are a number of ways to sell your items, some cost money and others are free. We prefer to sell our items via FREE online service for several reasons; one your item is seen by more people than if it was posted in a Facebook group, two the item is searchable and three in the case of the service that we use, VarageSale, you can read reviews from other community members before deciding to meet someone for a transaction.
Win, win, win.
In case you haven’t heard of them, VarageSale is one of the newest and upcoming online communities in Canada and recently Ontario, however, it also has an International reputation. Known as your “virtual garage sale” with over 40 categories, you can find everything from designer car seat covers to TV Series Box Sets to Gift Cards! Members connect with Facebook so you can see real names, photos and read reviews before deciding to meet someone for a transaction.
Here is what you can do on VarageSale:
* A fast-paced feed of great deals near you
* Browse categories like baby items, clothes, purses, shoes, home decor and more
* Follow favorite sellers or categories of interest
* Use the search tool to find stuff you love
* Praise members after a good transaction
* Label your item as “available,” “sale pending” or “sold”
* Get real-time notifications and never miss a sale again
* Use the bump tool to make sure your items get noticed
* Feel safe buying and selling with real people in your community
* Get answers to your questions from their fast and friendly support team
Getting Started with VarageSale is as Easy as 1-2-3.
1. Create an account*,
2. Post information about your item as well as a picture. I always make sure to post the following information and headings; Offering, Condition, Price, Features, Notes.
3. Wait for the notifications to come in. VarageSale will send you an email with people’s comments (they will not have your email address) or, receive instant notifications by downloading the FREE app on Android in the Play Store or iOS in iTunes.
I identified two items that met our requirements, The Kids toddler beds and a Fur Real Friend that was gifted to them (ever heard those things bark!?). I found the process of listing the items very intuitive and only took me two minutes to complete from start to finish. Note that if you want to add more than one picture, you can leave subsequent ones as a comment to your post.
The personal aspect for me is a huge drawing force as years ago, while selling an item online, a woman by the name of Rene, came to my door to buy a baby swing. She left with her item and a friendship that has lasted to this day.
The bonus is that you’ve got nothing to lose by trying it out. Not only will you not lose but if you join the already 5,282 members in the Ottawa community, VarageSale will pay you $20! And, receiving the Cash Reward Promotion is also as easy as 1, 2, 3. Join the Ottawa community as a new user, post an item and use the hashtag #OTT. Voila. Once they determine that you met the requirements, you will be contacted and sent $20 via PayPal! For those of you located in other cities, find a community near you and start making money today!
As for us, it’s two items down and 4,567,231,891 more to go.
Have You Ever Sold Unwanted Items Online?
* You require a Facebook Account to use this FREE service.
Note that we donate items to our local thrift shop/foodbank, House of Lazarus.
— Journeys of The Zoo (@zoojourneys) August 28, 2015
Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo received compensation in exchange for sharing this great community and service with you.