I love getting rid of stuff, but not everyone in my house shares this sentiment.
The only thing I love more than cleaning out is making money off the stuff we don’t need. It thrills me!
So this year I’m setting a lofty goal that will motivate my family to declutter and move us one step closer to the minimal lifestyle I dream of. All the money we make from selling our stuff will go toward a Disney World vacation. This goal has lit a fire under us!
Having motivation like this is tipping the scales when it comes to letting go of stuff. I realize it’s not likely we’ll make enough to pay for the entire trip. With plenty of selling experience in the past, I know that used stuff rarely brings the amount I hope it will.
But it’s worth the effort because it’s bonus money that can be used for a fun experience that we’ll all enjoy. An added bonus is that the old stuff stays out of the landfill because we took the time to find someone who wants it.
I’ll share what we’ve sold so far and where to help you determine what might be worth your time and effort as well when it comes to selling your stuff. Here’s a breakdown of our progress:
Consignment event = $243.08 profit
This is a great alternative to having a yard sale if you have kid’s clothes and toys to sell. The profit is much better than a yard sale, even minus the consignment fee. I used to take these things to consignment stores, but a disadvantage was the amount of time I had to wait for my items to sell.
Consignment events are fast-paced and your payout is quick. The best part is that you don’t have to work the sale unless you want to in exchange for some perks, such as a discounted fee and shopping privileges.
There is still plenty of prep work though so it helps to be prepared for that. Clothes have to be clean and secured to hangers with safety pins. I pick up free hangers from the dry cleaners so my supply cost doesn’t cut into my profit too much. Items must be entered into an online database where you can set the price and print a label to attach.
I sold a total 70 items, including video games, a doll house, mostly clothes, and that picnic basket I’ve been hesitant to get rid of. After years of yard sales, this is more money than I would have made and I didn’t have to sit out in the heat and haggle over a few dollars all day.
Kiiboo = $203.67 profit
After researching several sites that buy used electronics, I chose Kiiboo and made way more money than expected. I sent in six used devices, some of which were broken that I had considered recycling because I didn’t know what else to do with them.
The process was easy. Just click through a form on the site, selecting the category and condition of your device. Kiiboo is committed to reducing landfill waste, as well as supporting charities that make a positive difference, so 1% of the sale or more if desired will go to a charity you choose from their list.
They will send you a free shipping kit, or you can choose to use your own box. Either way, shipping is covered. Once your item sells through their patent pending method of reverse sales, you will receive an email, then a check in the mail shortly after that. They are great about keeping you informed at every step. There is a 19% consignment fee when your item sells.
My most surprising sale was a broken Kindle for which I received $10.42. I also sold some headphones without the foam ear covers for a profit of $14.43. An old iPhone that wasn’t in perfect working condition made a profit of $62.55. My success on this site has inspired me to go back through the house and look for more electronics to sell.
Plato’s Closet = $21.70 profit
This isn’t a large amount to report, but the return on what I bought was a nice surprise. I was expecting to receive about half this amount for the few shorts and couple of tops they traded. Not everything I bought was accepted, but over half was.
Unlike consignment stores, Plato’s Closet will inspect your items while you wait and if accepted, you leave the store with cash or you can shop for new-to-you items while there. The store only buys gently used brand-name clothes for teen or tween girls and boys. This includes shoes, jewelry, and accessories.
Plato’s Closet has over 400 locations nationwide. My recent interest in zero waste has made me consider the benefits of shopping second-hand, but I’ve been reluctant to try. The great selection, appealing display, and overall cleanliness of this store was better than most retail stores, so I look forward to shopping there as well.
Total = $468.75 profit
We still have a long way to go to reach our goal, but this is a good start. It’s time to declutter some more and research where I can sell the most profitably. I look forward to sharing the new places I find with you.
I’ve lived minimally for a while now so I can tell you for certain that there is freedom in getting rid of stuff you don’t need. Plus, if you can trade the stuff for an experience your whole family will enjoy, that’s just icing on the cake!
Have you found a great place to sell your used stuff? What about hard-to-sell items like collectibles or larger things? I’d love to hear about your experiences.
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