WAYS TO SELL STUFF, RANKED
if you need to move some merchandise
- •Consignment StoresHere, if you're lucky, you will usually take the smaller portion of a 60/40 split, although I've seen many stores take less. If you have a lot of items and don't have the time or desire to sell them yourself, then this could work for you. Remember that just because you take your items in for a store to peruse, this doesn't mean you have to accept their offer. It's okay to walk away feeling insulted. This is normal. This isn't personal, it's business. Something about going to the mattresses.
- •CraigslistThe potential for being murdered just puts a damper on the experience for me. I've sold a few things this way—A bed, a toy kitchen, a really nice tri bike. I'm sort of "meh" about it. An apprehensive "meh."
- •Jewelry/Gold BuyersThis feels sketchy, but it's the kind of thing that will get you out of some financial jams—quickly. This is when you sell that random brooch from your Great Aunt Edna, the one you've never worn & have all-but-forgotten about until you spy it at the bottom of your jewelry box, after which you take it here & they offer $760. To be clear, you're getting screwed because if they offer $760, you know it's worth at least $1200. But at this price, you take the money and make the orthodontics payment.
- •Thred UpThis is basically consignment selling with a convenience factor. They send you a bag, you fill it up, send it back, and they keep what they can sell and "responsibly recycle" the rest. You'll receive an upfront payment for some things, and others they sell on traditional consignment. I've used this service about four times, and each time I make less money. Also, the shipping used to be free, and now they charge $9.99, which hurts my feelings. I most likely will not use this method again.
- •PoshmarkI just started selling on here & I low-key hate it. I guess it's okay... I like that they handle the shipping end (they send you a prepaid label) of things, but the social element is too much...it can feel cliquish, & the pressure to get likes & followers wears me out. Also, someone poached my photos once and used them to sell a skirt that I'm not even sure she owns. It's kind of weird when you recognize your own dining room in someone else's listing. I'm glad she cropped out my hand, though. 🙄
- •Garage SalesEvery few years I have a gigantic garage sale and am usually really successful, typically at least a few thousand dollars. My garage sale rules are as follows: make your stuff look so good that you kind of hate to see it go. Seriously, why did I get rid of some of that ⬆️ stuff ?! Also, keep all your money in a waist pack, and if you post signs in your community, be sure to call it a "moving sale." People will get excited if they think you're downsizing.
- •eBayTo date, I've made exactly $25,047.03 selling random stuff on eBay. That sounds like a lot, but when you spread it out over about ten years, it basically amounts to some decent walking-around-money. It's how I buy Christmas gifts, pay for the occasional school lunch, etc. I've had friends ask me to "teach them how," but I promise, ANYONE can do this. I use the mobile app & most of what I sell is stuff I already own. My most exciting sale ever was a Chanel skirt, quilted black leather, for $700.