Friday, July 2, 2010

Frugal Fridays - Sell Some Stuff

Have you ever heard Dave Ramsey when advising people how to get out of debt? He often says, "Sell so much stuff the kids think they're next." Sometimes he throws in, "And the dog starts hiding".

Occasionally, whether to get out of debt, build some savings, or just simplify our homes, we have to actually, you know, get rid of stuff. Here are a few ways we've done that:

1. eBay. Prince Charming likes this option. Yes, there are fees associated with it. However it can still be worth the trouble, depending on what you're selling.

2. Craigslist. I like this option for selling larger items or housewares. Free listing is a plus, along with the whole "no fees" thing. Depending on how active your area is, your listing can quickly be buried by other things but there's no penalty for re-listing so you may want to try, try again before you give up.

3. Half-Price Books. We're a homeschool family. We buy a lot of books. We also sell a lot of books. You don't make top dollar but every bit helps. This place is great because they also take magazines. Watch for those free magazine subscriptions, read the mag and then sell them to Half Price Books and you've actually made money on the deal. (They also take movies, cds, computer software, sheet music, and pretty much any printed material)

4. Half.com. For books that I consider to be worth more than Half Price Books will give me, I've used this option. I don't love it but we've made a few dollars here and there.

5. Resale shops. You're not going to get rich taking your stuff to consignment shops, but if you have a kid resale shop you could make a few dollars and get rid of some clothes / toys / games / all that other stuff kids accumulate. The same holds true for adult things, if you find a shop you can work with. Be warned that the standards are usually very high.

Of course there are many other options: Etsy, Kijiji, or the love 'em or hate 'em yard sale (also known as garage sale, tag sale or rummage sale, depending on where you live). I like buying things at yard sales but I do not like selling in a yard sale, unless someone else is doing the set-up work. And getting up early on a weekend? Not for me.

This post is linked to Frugal Fridays on Life as Mom.

4 comments:

Anna said...

Thanks so much for the Half-price books idea. I searched their site and found that there is one in a city we go to every few months. I've got a lot of Taste of Home type magazines to get rid of and can't bear the thought of throwing them away, so I'm thinking maybe drop them off - do you have any idea how much they might pay for them based on your experience?

commoncents said...

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Renae said...

Thank you for sharing these ideas. I've been wondering what I can sell. Books might be the ticket. We still have quite a few of those even after I tried so hard to purge before we moved.

Vicky said...

Ahhh! Half-price books! We used to frequent there quite often! Great post!

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