My husband and I had the weekend to ourselves and our plan was to do a little Kansas City staycation. Instead, we watched college basketball (Go Jayhawks!) and decided to go all crazy and list some stuff on Craigslist.
I know, we’re madcaps.
Here’s what we unloaded:
Wicker table and chair.I bought this little set for $20 at a garage sale a year or two ago and sold it for $25. Score. Sold to a couple who is using the table and chair to stage their porch for a home sale. Wishing them good luck!
Lateral file cabinet. This came from my husband’s office after he moved four years ago. It’s been in our basement ever since. Sold for $80 to a woman who sent her best friend from 4th grade to pick it up. We should all have friends like that.
We decided it was probably time to sell the toddler bed since this is the toddler. He’s driving now.
Back to the sales.
Beginner set of kids’ golf clubs. Sold for $15 to a man who was buying them for his 5 year-old daughter. My husband thought the clubs might be a little long for a 5 year-old but when the man showed up he was about 6’6” so I think they’re good.
Second set of junior golf clubs. This set was bigger and nicer than the first set. We sold it for $30 to a man whose son was playing golf with Grandpa the next day and the dad realized that he (the son, not Grandpa) had outgrown his clubs. My husband handled this transaction. The two dads talked golf for a little bit.
In case you’re playing along at home, that’s $210 of found money that I’ll be sending to our home equity loan. And it’s a lot of freed up space in our house.
Ah, breathing room!
I really enjoying selling on Craigslist, once I get around to actually doing it. Most of the people I meet are really nice and I get a kick out of stuff I’m no longer using going to someone who will.
Here are my tips for getting stuff to sell fast on Craigslist:
1. Take good pictures. Seriously, speaking as a CL buyer as well as seller, the pictures will make a huge difference. You don’t have to be Ansel Adams, but make sure you take several pictures from different angles/distances and that they’re well lit and rotated in the right direction.
2. Price things reasonably. Assuming you’re like me and just want to get rid of your things in exchange for a little cash, price your items to sell. Otherwise you’ll have ads that don’t get much action and may have to re-list.
3. But build in some negotiating room. Five of the six people I sold to this weekend paid asking price, but some people like to feel like they’re getting a deal, so be prepared to bargain. I try to build in enough room so when someone makes a reasonable offer I can say “Sure!” and we’re both happy.
Above all, though, be safe when you’re selling on Craigslist. I only give my address and phone number to actual buyers and I list on weekends so that I can do my best to have my husband here when someone comes to pick something up.
What’s the best sale you ever made on Craigslist? Do you have any tips to share?Creating This Life, where we talk about home, books, travel, and other life stuff.
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