I probably don’t need to remind you that tomorrow is Thanksgiving. You are likely already preparing your turkeys. You’ve made sure your football is properly inflated. You have mapped out your plan of attack for Black Friday.
Over the next week or two, you might want to add one more thing into the mix… selling your clutter on Ebay.
For the last couple of years, my wife has been selling dozens (maybe hundreds) of items that we no longer use on Ebay. With our youngest child nearly two, there’s a lot of toys and clothes we simply don’t need any more. It’s not limited to that though. We’ll sell anything that we don’t need or use. For someone that doesn’t typically spend much, it is amazing how much stuff we have. (I think we have “stuff” elves that create stuff while we asleep or it just multiplies like rabbits.)
You can sell your clutter any time on Ebay. These couple of weeks are by far the best time to sell items. I think my wife sold more items in late November and December than in all the other months combined (except February – more on that later). It’s like having your own personal Black Friday sale.
The two advantages are obvious… less clutter and some money. We might even sell enough to cover all the money we are spending on gifts this holiday season.
I’d like to give you more tips about what kinds of things sell. However, it’s been my experience that nearly everything sells. The only thing that we haven’t been able to sell are these Grillie ornaments for your car. I was able to get some on a deep discount and thought I could flip them to make $15-20 each relatively easy. I should have anticipated that the world doesn’t know what a Grillie is, and there’s not just demand for them.
Don’t let that stop you from posting your own stuff. Even if you only make a few sales, it’s money in your pocket and space saved.
I’m very, very good at procrastinating. (That’s probably why my wife takes the reigns in the Ebay business.) If you are nearly as good as I am, here’s one last motivating push: go to Ebay now and post just one item.
Update: I forgot to get to the February thing I mentioned earlier in the post. I don’t know exactly why it is, but February was a huge sales season for us too. I thought maybe people are using gift cards they got over the holidays. My wife thinks that maybe people are buying the things they want for themselves that they didn’t get over the holidays. Who knows, but February seems to be a hot time to declutter on Ebay as well.