Simply Being Mum’s Spring Sale continues.
£82 was generated from a car-boot sale and just over £52 from my first lot of eBay listings. Taking my total to a rounded down £134.
Some way to go to my self-imposed £600 target.
I have more to list on eBay, and have found that now momentum has built I am not actually dreading it this time. Still not overly enthused, but the photos have been taken and I’m building myself up to start thinking about descriptions.
My findings from starting to declutter and sell my stuff once more, is no different to what I discover each time I do it.
Car-boot Sales – I find the ones I attend are frequented by hobby shoppers and collectors, hence price needs to be low. Buyers are tempted by the potential bargain they will get and what treasures they may discover. It’s a game, recreational sport. But the nature of the game is changing. Prices are getting more competitive, and technology is playing it’s part. Buyers used to take a flyer, now they google make, model and resale value on their smart phones before purchasing, or check that they can’t get the item cheaper elsewhere.
I enjoyed my morning selling my wares and bartering. For a long time I’ve wondered whether I’m a trader at heart, a peddler? I once won a fancy dress competition dressed as a peddler. If I can track down the photo I’ll post it on Facebook.
eBay – You win some you lose some. I can’t list with any expectation of final value in mind. Of the items I listed this time, 3 stood out as a fine example of how it works.
Toddler Wetsuit – The higgest bidder paid £9.03, generating a profit of £1.04 on the original retail price paid. Great result (but I did buy well initially).
Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD – sorry RPatz, you had to go 🙁 that was the deal upon purchasing the DVD (I don’t keep them anymore). Sold for £8, paid £10 originally. Happy with that, a night’s entertainment for £2.
Early Learning Centre Trike – Just £7.16 paid for this by the highest bidder. 10% of the original value. In hindsight, I wish I’d given it away to a friend. But you take your chances on eBay, and I tend to list from 99p. Like I said, you win some, you lose some.
Having the £600 target in mind is most certainly keeping me focused. I’m currently eyeing up my CD collection, which is something I haven’t seriously considered selling previously, but know it needs doing. What can I say? I’m a music hoarder.
I don’t own many hard copy books anymore, but even the old faithfuls are on the hit list as it’s going to take some serious decluttering to reach my target.
Talking of books, this leads me onto a giveaway. It’s hard to generate much cash from books when you sell them second-hand. So I have decided to offer 2 of my collection as a giveaway.
I’ll post anywhere in the world. The giveaway will close 10am GMT Friday 18th May (Just before my No Waste Tastes Great post goes live – and I’ll announce the winner then).
Just drop a comment on what you know you should sell but struggle to, even though you know they/it should really go. I’m mentioned my CD collection above. I’ve yet to count how many I have, but know it needs dramatically reducing! Technology now means I can hoard on a teeny tiny MP3 player instead 😉
**I’ll actually draw a runner-up (but not disclose who they are), so if the winner doesn’t want both books, I’ll post the other out to second-place**
By the way, if you like giveaway’s, why not check out Sarah’s giveaway over at Everyday Life On A Shoestring as the prize could come in handy for when I eventually get round to e-mailing out my freebie soup recipe book!