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Sell For Snowflakes

June 26th, 2014 at 07:38 am

If you are looking for extra cash to apply towards your debt or savings, I have found that selling things you no longer need can provide that extra cash.

Since the beginning of 2014, I have sold books, cds, a couch and loveseat, kitchen table, side tables and a tv cart. I also had a garage sale in May, and sold all sorts of various items, including clothing and tools. In all, I've sold over $500 worth of our used items!

I would much rather get rid of something I own than be in debt, especially credit card debt. The interest these cards charge when you don't pay your balance in full is your hard earned money! I personally like to keep as much of the money we earn as possible.

Everybody has something they can sell. I have a friend, that last I knew had six shelves full of DVD movies. My guess is these were bought soon after a movie came out, so likely nearly full price. I know they watch them and have been generous with loaning them to people, too. I look at those shelves and think CASH! Sure some of them are dated and not likely to fetch much money, but at $1 each they easily have $180 worth of movies they could sell. My thinking is that one can still find plenty of free options for entertainment. The library for one has just as many movies that one can borrow for free.

A few years ago, I had a challenge on this blog to make $100 a month selling on Ebay. I think my average was less than that in the end, maybe $80, but it challenged and encouraged me to find things in our home we didn't need. At the time, I think the proceeds were applied to a car loan pay down or a home equity loan. I didn't sell anything unique. My kids had outgrown jeans, shoes, toys and books. I sold (and still do) Box Tops for Education, and old army paraphernalia. Anything I found that I was done with I checked Ebay to see if there was a demand for the item. If there was I sold it. If it didn't sell on Ebay I would save it for a garage sale, which back then my neighbors and I would have two times a year. If items didn't sell at the garage sale I would donate them.

As consumers, we are bringing in new things to our home on a regular basis. I think of selling the old kind of like getting a rebate on the original cost of the item, or a discount on the new item I purchased. If we never get rid of anything when we bring in new, we get overrun with our own stuff! I challenge you to look at your stuff in a new way. It can be turned into cash to help you with your financial goal of paying down debt or saving. You will feel less stress with less debt and less stuff. I guarantee it!!

Do you have a habit of selling your old things? Do you sell on Ebay, craigslist or at garage sales? What do you do with your proceeds? Anyone interested in an Ebay challenge for the remainder of the year?

14 Responses to “Sell For Snowflakes”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    As you know, CCF, you're my selling inspiration. And it seems I never run out of kid's clothes to sell, although lately I've been passing a lot on to a friend. I have some Christmas-y girl's clothes that will need to be listed sometime in September.

  2. Maranatha Says:

    I sell on eBay on and off, but I actually go looking for items to sell. So far this last two weeks I have sold $991.00. About 650.00 as far as actual profits.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    @MEC, I never did get anything list on Sunday. I think I will wait until after the July 4th holiday.

    @Maranatha, Wow! You do well selling online. Do you have a type of item you sell and go looking for?

  4. Bluebird Says:

    Great reminders, CCF! I hand down kids items to friends, rather than sell. I also donate anything we no longer use.

  5. SecretarySaving Says:

    I'm up for a challenge!

  6. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    How timely! My homeschool days are closing in on done, and I am culling my bookshelves. They are full! I just made my first sale after posting on Craig's List earlier this week.

  7. Maranatha Says:

    CCF I mainly sell shoes, clothing and purses but have been known to sell anything and everything else! I used to be way more consistent at selling but have really slacked of the last year and half with my parents illnesses and all. I love eBay!

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I am trying to get my dyson through surveys and selling stuff. I am determined to start to just get rid of stuff.

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    Looks like we have a group of us ready for a selling frenzy!! I say start when it works for you, but let's all share our progress through the month of July. I'm sure we will get a few others on board and motivate others to find a few snowflakes in the process.

  10. My English Castle Says:

    Great idea!

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I've sold a good bit on eBay and Craigslist. Smile Nowhere near what you have though.

  12. MonkeyMama Says:

    We are pretty good about selling/recycling things as we go. So I don't foresee having anything to sell in the near future.

    The last thing I remember selling was booster car seats. Kind of the end of that era. (Baby/kid stuff seemed to generate a lot of Craigslist sales as so much of that stuff is only needed for so many years or months, and it mostly sells for high dollar amounts).

    I guess I'd say that we mostly sell old stuff to help pay for the new stuff that replaces it. I know hubby just bought the kids a birthday gift video game with credit from selling used books and games. We used the proceeds of our old couch towards our new couch. We will have a projector to sell when we replace current one in December or January.

  13. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    I'm in as well!! Just the motivation I needed!

  14. creditcardfree Says:

    I hope to get some things up on Ebay on Sunday...even if it is just one thing!

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