With summer slowly making an exit and fall just beginning to show it’s face through a slight chill in the morning air, and with back to school season in full gear, now is the time to start thinking about clearing some things out and maybe make a little money, too. A new season is the perfect time to reorganize, regroup and resell.
I love brand new kid and baby things. Over the years I’ve also learned to appreciate used kids’ things – especially when it comes to selling our used kids’ stuff to make a little extra cash and keep our home from getting taken over by the kids’ gear, toys and clothes. I’ve learned a few things in my years of buying and selling new and used items, and if you keep these tips in mind you’ll be on the road to clearing out the clutter and fattening your wallet.
1. Everyone knows about Craigslist, right? It’s a great option for selling goods. The mistake I see over and over again is listing the wrong things. Craigslist is great for large items (i.e. bikes, beds, climbers, strollers etc). Small items? Not so much. No one wants to drive across town to pick up a single pair of used kids’ shoes.
2. But if you simply must list smaller items like small toys, clothes, shoes or games on Craigslist the trick is to sell things in groupings. List a handful of toys or books together. Pair up clothes by size and sell them as a lot. Better yet list a whole box of books or toys. Make the trip to buy what you’re selling worth it.
3. No matter what you are selling online it is absolutely imperative that you take good photos. Bright, uncluttered, and clear pictures sell. Blurry, dark, and confusing pictures send people to look at other listings.
4. Look past Craigslist and start seeking out consignment sales in your area. Large consignment sales are popping up all over the country and there is a reason why. They are awesome. You sign up to consign your used kids’ things. You price them, tag them and drop them off at the sale; then sit back and watch the money roll in. Large consignment sales bring in a lot of shoppers specifically looking for awesome used kids’ items to take home.
5. No matter if you are selling things online, in consignment sales or just in a garage sale, clean things up. A clean item looks well cared for and seems more worth the money.
6. Before selling things make sure everything is working and all the pieces and parts are present.
7. And lastly – and quite frankly most importantly - price your items accordingly. Take a step back from any emotional ties you might have to that adorable bodysuit, little red wagon or whatever else you are selling and ask yourself how much you would be willing to pay for this item in the condition it’s currently in. Buyers want a deal. They don’t care how much you love what your selling.
Have you sold your used kids’ items? What are your favorite tips to make cash from your used kids’ stuff?