I can’t believe it’s the 1st of December already!
This means that I’m having my annual ‘we have too much stuff and can’t possibly fit any more into the house’ panic which means that I’m currently mid-way through my annual declutter before Christmas!
My yearly stress is a good thing though because I can get rid of some things we don’t need any more and make some money at the same time! It’s such a great feeling to rid yourself of unwanted items, whether it’s a jumper you haven’t worn in years, shoes that you thought would be trendy (but definitely weren’t a few months later), or an old TV that’s been taking up valuable space in the garage for what seems like forever.
I’ve budgeted pretty well for Christmas this year and feel like I don’t need to panic too much as far as making extra money is concerned but that’s not to say that some extra wouldn’t come in handy. So today I’ve been on a mission to sort some things out that I can get rid of and hopefully make some extra money from.
Here’s a couple of ways I’m planning on selling them…
In the past, I’ve used eBay, Gumtree and Pre-Loved to sell things after a de-clutter but I moved away from them in favour of the local Facebook selling sites. I stopped using eBay because of the higher postage fees which meant that things weren’t as much of a bargain any more and I stopped using Gumtree and Pre-Loved because people don’t seem to use them anywhere near as much these days.
I do use a few other sites depending on what it is that I have to sell, Vinted, for example, only works with pre-owned clothing and accessories, so you can reach the right audience quicker if you’re trying to sell a lot of clothes and shoes – I generally get Miss Frugal on the case with that and let her list things for me in exchange for a cut of the profits. Chrono24, on the other hands, focuses on second-hand luxury watches, so if you have a Cartier watch you no longer wear lying around, see what the prices are like here and put an ad online.
Sell in person
If you have a year-round car boot sale in your area then a pre-Christmas declutter will generally go down pretty well there especially if you have kids toys and clothes to sell. In the past, we’ve bought our kids second-hand toys for Christmas and they were never any the wiser. Just be careful you don’t spend all the profits replacing your junk with junk that other people are selling. 😉
Give it away
If you’ve tried selling it and no one is interested, or if the item is not worth the hassle of putting online in an advert, then simply get rid of it. Donate to a local charity shop of your choice or you could even post a message on your social media accounts that you’re giving away a bunch of clothes for free.
I also use Freecycle to get rid of things and I don’t think I’ve ever not had a response to something I’ve posted on there to give away. One man’s trash really is another man’s treasure.
However you get rid of your unwanted stuff, you’re going to feel so much better when it’s gone and you have more space at home!
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