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Online yard sale challenge

June 24th, 2010 at 01:57 pm

I've decided to have an online yard sale this year. I have a list of about 20 items that I am selling on Craigslist, etsy, as well as a lot of small items I plan to donate or freecycle. This is part of my serious decluttering kick. De-clutter til it hurts!

so far, I've sold two items and made $35. I have realized already people will pay more for something on craigslist than they would pay for the same item at an actual yard sale. I have sold another item today for $10, and they plan to pick up today.

All of the money is going to the $20 challenge and to the tiki bar fund, which has been on life support since I cleared it out to pay off my student loan last year (a decision I do not regret, as I no longer have a payment and interest on savings has bottomed out at 1 percent).

Last year, I had a yard sale that failed miserably. We sold a lot, but didn't make a lot of money, and it was a lot of work. We did get rid of a lot of things, but not enough to make it worth it again.

2 Responses to “Online yard sale challenge”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Craigslist people tend to be terrible negotiators. I always price a little high assuming people will talk me down, but 80% of the people will just accept the price.

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'd say I always get 50 percent of people who offer to pick up quick but want a lower price, usually $5 to $10 off a $20 item. But, I've managed to wait a couple of days and get full price for all three items. I'm in no rush, so I guess that's helping me!

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