I’m not sure if it’s out of fear of being a hoarder (because I’m pretty sure I could be) or out of necessity but I have sold my son’s baby stuff faster than you can say “Craigslist”. I’ve kept a few favorites in a (very) small bag but other than that… it’s out with the old and in with the new! It’s actually been a great way for me to make some extra cash and keep our storage down to a minimum.
If you are interested in making a little profit on your kids’ stuff there are many options out there. I’ve narrowed my “go to” places down to 3 favorites. Occasionally I’ll go elsewhere but for the most part my stuff sells on one of these three places.
Facebook Buy, Sell, Trade Groups – If you are not in one of these, you need to be. Just do a search on Facebook for your city (or surrounding areas) and “buy sell, trade” or “garage/yard sale”. When I lived in Hawaii, I sold a ton of stuff on the buy, sell, trade group. I have to say, I haven’t had quite as much success here but I still post things on there and have made some sales. Something I have found extremely helpful is in my post I write a meet up location. People are skeptical of going to a stranger’s house. Also, I always write “if you pm me, please let me know in the comments”. Otherwise, messages may go to the filtered box and you could miss out on a sale.
eBay – I love selling stuff on eBay. I especially love the “cha-ching” sound on the app every time I make a sale! I sell a lot of clothes there and other light weight items that can be stuffed into a small flat rate envelope or box. When you are pricing on eBay it’s important to keep three things in mind: 1) shipping costs, 2) the PayPal fee and 3) the eBay fee. (You do not have to pay fees unless your item is sold.) Before I figure out my sale price, though, I type in the item I am selling and I see what others are selling that item (or similar items) for. Then I choose a price that undercuts the other seller(s), even if it’s just by a few cents. I then take this price and I figure out what my profit will be after shipping and fees (I estimate 15% of the selling price for fees). If the profit is worth it to me, I go for it. I always include shipping in my asking price and offer “free” shipping. Another tip for selling on eBay is use as many keywords that will fit into the title box. For example, if I am selling a summer clothes lot I would say something like, “Baby Infant Boy Onesies Shirts Shorts Summer Clothes Lot 3-6 Months”. If I have space, I include brand names as well. I also always include as many pictures as possible. If I’m selling a lot, I take a picture of the whole lot then include individual pictures or pictures grouped by type (i.e. onesies, shorts, etc.)
OfferUp App – This is by far the quickest and easiest of the three, as far as getting a post up. All you do is download the app, use Facebook to start your account and you can be selling in just a couple of minutes. (There is also a web version but I have only used the app.) One of the things I love about this app is that you can see who you are selling to. A couple of months ago I was selling my son’s infant car seat and stroller frame/caddy. The car seat was in excellent condition and the caddy had some wear but still in really good condition. I had several people offer me significantly less than I was asking. Now, I already had a new car seat and stroller so it’s not like I was in dire need of the money. If I wanted, I could have accepted the lower prices. Since I can see the buyers accounts, I went and checked them out. All but one had loads of baby stuff they were selling – including strollers. I knew these buyers were trying to get my stuff for dirt cheap and then they were going to sell it for more. I said “no”. Not that it really matters but if I’m going to drop my price I’d rather do it for a mom who needs the item and can’t afford it. So, this is a feature I really like. Also, when checking out buyers you can see their rating from other sellers. This is pretty cool and helpful.
When using any service to sell stuff, always be clear on your expectations and when meeting up with strangers always use wisdom… and mace, if you need to!
Do you sell your kids’ stuff? If so, where?