PoniesandFIREjr is 4 years old and our house has slowly transformed into what feels like an explosion of toys, outgrown clothes, shoes and approximately 10,000 art projects. I’ve tried to stay on top of his clothing and have donated some stuff over the years to a local charity to gives clothing free to families in need in our county, but I have had this nagging feeling that we could be recouping some costs by reselling and also giving unused items a new purpose with a new family.
My challenge to myself this month was to sell something (anything!) out of our house and last night the mission was accomplished! PoniesandFIREjr’s crib and changing table have a new home and we have $120 from the sale!
Here’s how I accomplished this:
1. I located all hardware, manuals, instructions and warranty cards that I had obsessively saved in a folder.
2. We cleaned the pieces to look their absolute best and took quality photos in good light.
3. I looked at similar pieces for sale on Facebook Marketplace* and Letgo and then listed both as a package for slightly under what I saw other items listed for.
4. I was quickly flooded with messages asking if they were still available, mostly from Facebook Marketplace, but a few from Letgo as well and I tried to respond to all questions promptly.
5. One week later = SOLD!
I’ve already listed the baby monitor and an old light fixture we recently replaced and we will see if we can get those gone too and a little cash in our pockets. What I’m learning quickly is that baby and kid items are hot commodities on FB Marketplace.
My next struggle is toys. PoniesandFIREjr has a ton of toys, some of which he’s starting to outgrow, so I’d like to move these out of our house. My personal hang up is that most of these were purchased by family and friends as gifts and it feels a little weird to sell things we were given. I’m not totally sure the etiquette on this one, any readers have thoughts?
*I’m loving using Facebook Marketplace so I can see if the potential buyers and I have mutual friends and I can stalk their profiles before meeting with them. Seems less sketchy than craigslist. Your mileage may vary…