I’ve been tossing the idea around of downsizing and selling my stuff for quite some time now. It has been in the last 30 days or so that I have decided to really put it into motion. In testing the waters to see if my personal belongings would actually be of any interest to anyone else, I pulled a variety of things out of cabinets and closets and listed them on eBay and Craigslist and was more than happy with my results!
With a few exceptions, all of the items listed on my spreadsheet (which I will post here once I figure out how) have sold since the first of the year and my total gross in sales come in at just under $2600! Without even scratching the surface I have sold stuff I no longer wear, catalogs that were in a pile on the coffee table, Easter decorations I no longer take out of the box, kitchen gadgets that belong in the appliance graveyard and toys in a playroom that only get played with a few weeks each summer.
While I do have a vibrant and successful eBay business without having to dip into my household items, I have changed my focus and will not spend my time and money in the next 12-15 months sourcing inventory to sell, but will just source from my home as I clean and pack and get ready to move.
I’m a numbers person so I like stats and will be tracking a variety of stats as this project unfolds. To date I’ve sold 12 items on Craigslist for a total of $660 and an average price of $55 each. Not bad for a few large Christmas lawn ornaments, some desks and toy storage items from the Playroom.
At the time of this post, I sold 41 items on eBay for a total of $1925.34, an average sales price of $46.96 each….that’s pretty amazing!
The mix included catalogs, a few items of clothing, some kitchen appliances, toys from the playroom and very specific Christmas themed fabric panels from my sewing room. I sold six items from the kitchen for a total of $381.94 and an average selling price of $63.66 each! That tells me there is gold in my kitchen cabinets! The highest seller was a never used Dazey Chef’s Crock Pot Slow Cooker my brother gave me after his divorce.
The highest priced item sold since January 1, 2015 was a Beary Merry Christmas wall hanging advent calendar that I made in the 1990’s for my nieces and nephews and kept one for myself. It sold for $399.99 on January 1st so imagine how thrilled I was to find an incomplete one in my sewing room a few months later. I knew I would never make the time to finish it so I asked my mom to do it for me. It took her about two days to get it completed and I got it listed at the end of May for $399.99. At the time of this posting it has 4 watchers and 353 page views. I have no doubt that it will eventually sell to someone who wants to relive their childhood memories through the eyes of their own children.