I get it. It’s hard to let go of your stuff. Most of us have too much……of well……everything. Sadly, it has become the American way to over-consume and have the latest and greatest. Whether it’s the next level i-phone, or the it handbag, we are all guilty of succumbing to the pressure.
So, what to do with those shoes you only wore once that pinch your toes, or the dress with the tags still on it….. as you scratch your head wondering why you even bought it??? Or maybe you’ve got a box full of electronics that still work, but have been replaced by the latest version. Donating is great, but sometimes it makes more sense to sell your stuff.
I’ve good news for you. There are tons of online options to sell these items quickly and easily. You’ll not only make money, but you’ll have purged the overflow and be on your way to organizing those closets and drawers!
If you have a smartphone or camera and basic computer skills it’s soooo easy to get started today.
You are probably familiar with ebay, where you can buy and sell practically anything. I started selling on ebay about three years ago and have been very successful. At first I was a bit intimidated, but quickly learned it’s easy peasy. Once you establish a login, Ebay provides an easy to use template that guides you through the process. You simply take a bunch of good photos (different angles), upload them, and complete the template for the item you are selling. I always look to see what similar items sold for to gauge my auction price point. I’ve sold clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.
I typically don’t offer free shipping and do a mix of auction style sales versus “buy-it-now” sales, which feature a set price.You do need to have a paypal account in order to get paid. The fees are pretty reasonable; 10% for all items sold, and up to 20 free insertions per month. Paypal also takes a very nominal fee, I think it’s less than 2%. Once your item sells and you’ve been paid, you simply print a shipping label created by Ebay, pack up your item and send it to the buyer. If you’d like more help with using Ebay please reach out to me. I list items for clients as well as myself.
A newer site to sell clothing and accessories is tradesy.com. At tradesy.com you choose items in good condition, from Zara to Chanel. You take a few photos that they will enhance once you’ve uploaded to the site. They’ll propose a price or you can choose your own. Once your items sells they will send you a free shipping kit.
At poshmark.com you can create your own closet of items to sell, and/or shop other people’s closets, much like tradesy.com. You upload a photo of your item, filter it with one our their unique filters, add a description and you’re done. For sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat $2.95 fee. For sales over $15, you get 80%, they get 20%. Shipping is a flat $4.95 for all orders.
If you’ve got high end designer goods, check out therealreal.com. The RealReal is a luxury consignment site. They offer the largest selection of pre-owned and authenticated luxury items, including men’s and women’s fashion, jewelry, watches and fine art. Consignors earn 60-70% of the sale price and most items sell within three days of listing. They offer white glove pick-up in many cities or free shipping via FedEx.
Got cds’s, dvd’s and games lying around the house? Check out decluttr.com. You add the barcodes of your items into their valuation engine, pack them up and ship to them for free. They will send you a check or direct deposit into your checking account.
I sold my iPhone 4 on gazelle.com, and while I didn’t get much because it was an iPhone “4”, this is a great place to sell smartphones and other electronics. You provide information about your device and they will instantly give you a price. If you like it, they provide a shipping label, you box up your item and boom, they send you a check.
So don’t be intimidated by selling online. It really is easy and can be fun.