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#31 of 34 Old 01-04-2008, 02:14 AM
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I find ebay to be to much work for small items personally. I craigslist clothes, kitchen items and well just about anything that I would like to sell and if there are no takers than I put it in the goodwill pile. I would say a good 90% of our stuff goes directly to the goodwill for lack of time/motivation and storing space rather than selling. I would love to try to sell more, but hubby likes to just get rid of things ASAP! I say a good compromise is a weeks worth of trying to sell on craigslist and if it does not sell within that time frame that it has got to go. Could you do a yard sale with what you have now to jump start things?
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#32 of 34 Old 01-04-2008, 09:49 AM
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We only sell what would be worth the effort to list on eBay and to take to the post office to mail it. Otherwise we donate. I don't do yard sales (I have anxiety with strangers coming to my house).

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I'm struggling with this also. I have two rooms in my basement filled with boxes of stuff. Part of me wants to try to sell it, but I think about all the work it would be to price it (and hope it sells) and then rebox up all that didn't sell and take it to Goodwill, and I get overwhelmed and don't know where to start. My other problem is that I told the kids that they could sell their stuff and keep any money from the sale. So now I feel like I have to have the garage sale for them. What to do, what to do. :

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I am another one that have VERY disappointing yard sale results so that cured me for a while.

Then our son was born and I accumulated so much stuff. I kept thinking "it is too good to give away" or "I could sell it"

Of course I never did either and after two years, we had a room full of clothes and baby gear.

Then a neighbor couple became pregnant (young couple, a total surprise) and I forced myself to let go. All in all, I probably gave them $1,000 (retail) worth of carseats, baby gear, and clothing. In reality, I doubt I could have sold all of it for more than $100.

I did take some of the nicest clothing to a resale shop but the price they offered me was so low, I decided to give it away to a local shelter instead.

I have sold a few things on ebay, a travel bed, packable high, etc. and got decent prices but when time and shipping is factored in, I don't think it was worth the effort.

I have friends that make hundreds of dollars having yard sales but I know they also spend lots on the clothing intially, something I don't do.

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