Last week I wrote about ways to spruce up your home for spring. So now that you've started (and you HAVE started, haven't you?), why not purge your house and garage of “gently used” stuff you no longer need or the new items, such as Christmas, wedding, and birthday presents you never got around to using, and put a little money in your pocket while you’re at it?
It’s something I find myself doing every spring, piecemeal, since I don’t have enough stuff to warrant an actual tag sale. Last year, for example, I sold two new kid’s bicycles on Craigslist that had never been ridden (duplicate gifts from relatives) and rolled the money into new gear bikes for both my girls that we later purchased at a local bike shop.
On Amazon.com, I also sold a never-been-used, insulated gourmet picnic basket that someone gave me (nice thought) that just ended up occupying valuable closet space. (You can sell any item on Amazon that’s already listed there.)
This year, I’m eyeing the high-end Bellini glider that we’ve had since my first daughter was born 11 years ago. The rocker is still in great shape. Since it’s heavy, though, I’ll either list it on Craigslist or as a pick-up item on the niche newcomer site, www.storkbrokers.com since it would be costly and cumbersome to ship. (Storkbrokers keeps 6 percent of the sales price but since it targets new parents, I figure I’m bound to get lots of potential customers.)
Those are three of my favorite sites for selling new or pre-owned household items. (Confession: I’ve never used eBay.) For new items, my asking price is usually half the suggested retail price. For secondhand stuff that’s used but still in decent condition, I take scout around at the competition to find the going rate, then charge a little less. How about you? What’s your favorite site for selling secondhand items? How do you determine what to charge?