Tips For Selling Children's Old Toys & Clothes

This January, I set a goal for myself to sell enough "stuff" that I don't love to take my family on a vacation as a part of Gary Vaynerchuk's #2017FlipChallenge.



As February rolls to a close, I've certainly learned a bit that I'd like to pass along to anyone else who is interested in selling the junk around their home for money.

eBay
  • eBay is a good place to sell unique, old, and used items. I've sold an stuffed animals (one for a $60 profit!) and leather gloves on eBay this year. 
  • As a new seller, you can list 30 items a month for free. Do this. The more you list, the more you can sell.  
  • To figure out how much an item is worth, search for Sold Listings. Base your price off of what the item has actually sold for. 


Amazon
  • Amazon is a great place to sell books and newer items.
  • Ship books via Media Mail - the cheapest way to ship anything.
  • If a buyer pays $3.95 + shipping for a book, you'll get around $2 after fees.
  • If a buyer pays $13.99 + shipping, you'll get around $10.84 after fees.
  • As a rule of thumb, I list things $5+ on Amazon.
  • I've sold books and diaper rash cream on Amazon. 
  • To make a sale on Amazon, you need to have the best price. Be sure you use the "match the lowest price" feature when you list an item.


Facebook Groups
  • Get in as many local Facebook sell groups as you can so more eyes can see your items for sale. They're often called "Garage Sale" groups. When you post an item, there's an option to "Post to more groups" do this to easily let your listing reach more people. 
  • If you decided to lower the price for an item on Facebook, create a new posting with the newer price. It's much faster than individually modifying the price on all of the group pages. 
  • Some pages have so many postings, your post goes to the bottom within a day. Comment "Still available" on your post after 1-2 weeks to bring it back to the top of the page, while not annoying people too much. This allows more people who may be interested in your item to see your post.
  • I've sold a snowboard, children's clothes, toys, framed artwork, a pregnancy test kit, and baby items on Facebook groups.
  • Sell here to avoid fees that you'll have to pay selling on eBay and Amazon. 
And... if an item won't sell, lower the price! You'll find somebody will almost always buy if the price is low enough. Even $1 is better than $0. Every penny counts, and those low sales add up quickly.

I'm looking forward to sharing my journey of decluttering, minimalizing, and making money with you here on the blog as well as on Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by. Do you have any advice for selling things online? Leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one.  

12 Ways To Style Your Short Hair Like A Model

When it comes to short hair, one girl has got it figured out like no one else. It took me a while to figure out who this mysterious woman was, but I've finally got it. Her name is Krissa Fowles, and her hair is amazing. You can follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/krissafowles.

Short, tousled locks compliment her classic bang twist

Sideswept bangs a smoother locks let her eyes pop

Another variation of the bang twist

Peachy pink roots add a fun pop of color to her signature style

A side view of the peachy pink color

Krissa credits Fanola No Yellow shampoo for her color here

Fowles rocking her jaw-dropping pixie

Giving Snapchat filters a run for their money with her floral headband

Classic Krissa band twist

A perfect pixie


Funky & glamorous

Krissa's beautiful bob

A bob with a bang twist

Nothing basic about this stunning bob

A side view of the bob

Slightly shorter bob

Texture & a side twist




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What Does A Stay-At-Home Mom Do All Day?

The other day I had a conversation with my husband where he questioned how much I was spending time with the kids vs spending time doing other stuff... like blogging, selling junk online, and doing chores. After all, the reason I decided to leave my job as a graphic designer to become a stay at home mom was to spend more time with the kids. First, I can say without a doubt, I'm spending much more quality time with my kids than I was ever able to as a working mom. (Hats off to ALL the working moms out there - you're working hard to make that shit happen, and I have nothing but respect for you!) I also enjoy life much more now. In fact, I see my life right now almost like an early retirement. I don't have a 9-5, and get to make my own decisions about what I do with my time.   

The conversation with my husband really got me thinking about how my husband doesn't really know what goes on at home once he leaves for work. He can kinda guess by what he sees when he's home, but that's me operating in a different mode than I do when he's gone. I'm much more relaxed, and less productive when my husband is around. 

So, what does a stay at home mom do all day? It's an intriguing question, one I've asked myself before becoming one. As a SAHM, every day is different. Life changes as the kids get older, so there's never one answer. The answer changes every day. For the sake of this blog post, I'll use yesterday as an example.

Oh, and to give you some context, I'm a mother of three kids ages 8, 5, and 16 months. :)

6:45 a.m. - Wake up & get ready for the day
6:50 a.m. - Prepare breakfast for the 8-year old. Eat and talk together. 
7:10 a.m. - Help 8-year-old brush & floss. (Sometimes he does the brushing on his own, but we try to floss daily.)
7:20 a.m. - Wake up 5-year old. Help get her breakfast. Get the 8-year-old on the bus.
7:30 a.m. - Light house cleaning
7:45 a.m. - Start babysitting 
8:00 a.m. - Brush 5-year-old's teeth
8:15 a.m. - Get kindergartners on the bus
8:30 a.m. - Light house cleaning. Feed the baby. Check email. Post items for sale on eBay, Amazon, and Facebook.
9:30 a.m. - Naptime for baby. While she sleeps in my arms, watch YouTube, & browse Facebook
11:30 a.m. - Pick up kindergartner
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
12:30 p.m. - Play with kindergartner. (It's my goal to give each child 20 min of individual time each day. I let the child choose the activity, and give my attention to playing 100%. No phones. No distractions. )
1:00 p.m. - Light house cleaning. Feed the baby. Check email. Post items for sale on eBay, Amazon, and Facebook.
2:30 p.m. -  Naptime for baby. While she sleeps in my arms, watch YouTube, & browse Facebook
3:30 p.m. -  Get 8-year-old off bus. Discuss day. 
4:30 p.m. -  Prep dinner OR get baby to sleep.
5:00 p.m. -  Dinner
6:45 p.m. -  Leave for kickboxing
8:00 p.m. -  Shower
8:30 p.m. -  Relax/Netflix/Facebook/Youtube/Reddit
10:00 p.m. -  Bedtime

And, well, that's it, really! 

Surprised? Super-mom or super-lazy? I'd love to hear! Feel free to leave a comment below. I appreciate and respond to each and every one. :)




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