Just to recap, last week I wrote about how I literally touched everything in my home to make sure I wasn’t bringing anything I didn’t want with me when we moved – as we lost hundreds of square feet and really, why pay to move something you don’t want? I’ve made that mistake too many times in the past.
I mentioned how I kept five bins when going through each room & closet:
- Goes Elsewhere, Etc.
- Trash & Shred
Let me share more in depth about how I sold nearly everything online. The pictured stuff above and below is only about half of the furniture and items we’ve sold over the past six months.
Before you even start listing online, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- It’s important to get a good clear photo of the item you’re trying to sell. Every photo shown above was taken with my iPhone using the square setting. That helped to crop out anything that could potentially be distracting in the background.
- Try taking your photos during the day using natural light. Using natural lighting can make a big difference and will accurately show the colors — better than if you were to take photos at night with a flash.
- Take measurements of what you’re selling and feature any highlights that buyers may not know. For example, if you only show the front of a standing tower fan, the buyer might not know that the fan has a remote and multiple speeds.
- Be upfront and list the condition the item is in. Are there scratches? Is a piece missing?
- Lastly, if the item is sold in stores, sometimes it’s nice to share a link of where you purchased what you’re trying to sell so buyers can see a detailed product description and more photos. Giving the buyer as much information up front as possible helps everyone out.
- Stay reasonable with your pricing. You can always start higher, but be willing to negotiate just as you would at a yard sale.
- If you have multiples of the same thing, such as a lot of children’s shoes in one specific size or a bunch of onsies, think about grouping those items together. It takes less time and if someone is interested in one of the items, the probability that they’re interested in all the items is likely. You could also give an option to buy the items individually, but give a discount if all are purchased together.
The next step is deciding what site you’re going to use to list your items. I used 3 different sites depending on what it was I was selling: Facebook, Craigslist & Amazon.
Selling on Facebook:
This is definitely my favorite resource to sell online because you can find buyers who live within the same neighborhood. You can also join groups that exclusively sell certain items, such as furniture or pet supplies. Having a full name and photo associated with the buyer is also a huge bonus!
If you live in Cincinnati, there are at least a dozen different groups you could join:
- Clermont County 24/7 Yard Sale
- Cincy New to You
- Buy, Sell and Trade for Clermont,Brown and Adams County
- Goshen and Milford Ohio Yard Sale Group
- Eastgate No Rules Onine Sale
- Anderson Township Buy, Sell and Trade Site
- Northern Kentucky- A little bit of Everything Yard Sale
- Furniture Only in Hamilton & Kenton Counties
- Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Kids Yard Sale
- Colerain & Harrison Buy, Sell and Trade
- Cleves, Miami Heights, Bridgetown and Cheviot Buy, Sell and Trade Free
- A Couch Potatoes Online Yard Sale
- Hamilton County’s Buy, Sell and Trade – All things Pets
If you’re not in the Cincinnati area, just search for “Buy, Sell & Trade” groups or “Online Yard Sale” groups in your area. There are similar groups in almost every city, big or small.
What can you sell on Facebook?
Just about everything.
Facebook groups are great for selling bigger items that you don’t want to ship. If you’re unable to deliver the item to the buyer, make sure you state that the item will need to be picked up when listing it.
Also consider selling small items not worth listing on Craigslist. Because you can find online Facebook groups right in your neighborhood, it might be worth to sell something for as little as $5.00 — if you can be the buyer right up the street. For example, just today I sold some organizational boxes that fit inside a dresser I no longer own. They sold for $8 and I’m dropping them off to the buyer on my way to pick up my son this afternoon. It’s that simple.
I’ve sold everything from craft supplies, filing cabinets, kitchen drawer knobs to sheets. Hey, I mean it’s free and only takes a few minutes…why not?
Selling on Craigslist:
I only used Craigslist when I was selling larger items that I knew I couldn’t move myself. Buyers on Craigslist usually expect to pick up what they purchase, which makes it easier on the seller.
Here’s an example of some bricks I sold that fell off our deck last year. Instead of hauling them to a dumpster, I listed them on Craigslist, made some money and made one happy buyer.
I applied the same principals mentioned above for Facebook groups for what I listed on Craigslist: Clear photos and a good description.
Related article: How to shop like a Pro on Craigslist
Selling on Amazon:
Amazon is great for all types of media. I’ve been using Amazon.com as a place to sell and ‘trade’ my books since I was a student in college as it was a great way to recoup money from some of those $100 college text books. I’ve also sold other types of media like CD’s & DVD’s.
The interface is easy to use, you can print the shipping label right from the website and it gives you the ability to review your price and change it at any given time to adjust with the market trends.
The only downside is that they do take a small commission, but for the ease of selling media I probably couldn’t sell anywhere else, it’s 100% worth it to me!
If you’re looking for even more information about selling items online, click here to read about how I organized the photos of items for sale.