Okay so I said it, the dreaded C word, in September, and although I am still very much in denial at where this year has gone, I realise that in just two months time it will be December and there is literally nowhere for any new toys to go!
Last year we had a new playroom built and everything had a place for a whole week (if that!) and it was amazing to have a clutter free house. And then slowly but surely the toys started creeping into the lounge, the kitchen, piled up infront of the toy boxes and balanced precariously on shelves. And with having four (very spoilt!) children, I realised that we simply have too much stuff!
So last week I decided that unless we get rid of all of the old toys, there will be no new toys allowed in! With a Christmas list a mile long the children weren’t overly happy about this and so helped me to separate their favourite toys from the ones they no longer played with.
With several boxes of unwanted toys, many of which were still like new, I donated those of a lesser value to the charity shop and any larger items I decided to sell on eBay. I wasn’t quite sure how easy it would be to sell via eBay, I thought it might be too time consuming or too much hassle faffing around with postage and packaging, but actually it was surprisingly easy!
Having downloaded the ebay app it was a case of following four easy steps to make a sale –
1. Snap it
Treat the photo of your item like you would a selfie, getting the best lighting, angle and taking several shots until you find the perfect one. The better your photo the more chance you have of making a quick sale, nobody wants to buy an item that is too blurred or dark to really see what they are bidding on!
2. Write it
Use keywords to write a description of your item making sure that it is interesting, informative and honest. I made sure that I wrote a clear, concise outline of what each toy did, any features or sounds it had, and the condition it was in.
3. Price it
I found this quite tough to know how much to price my items, especially as some had been used. eBay gives you the option to sell your item as an auction or a buy it now price. If you know an exact price you are happy to sell for then a buy it now option is perfect, for those items you aren’t quite sure of how much they are worth, its best to start it as an auction with the minimum amount you would be happy to receive.
4. Post it
If a buyer is local then collection is always the easiest option, but obviously that isn’t always the case with eBay being global! I loved that eBay gave suggested postal costs for a variety of couriers and also the option to buy a postage label after making the sale, pay on line, print out and parcel up to conveniently drop with your local courier! Simple!
Armed with all of these tips, and even more over on the simple selling guide from eBay, I listed two items last week to test the water, easily done via my eBay app, and allowed the auction to run over the entire week. By the second day I had bids on both items, and by the third day I had even more. By the time my auction ended this weekend I had made a total of £70, literally from items we had lying around the house! I couldn’t believe how easy it was!
The best thing for me is that not only am I decluttering, but I am raising funds to put towards Christmas so that my children can have all of those items on their wish lists. It’s lovely to think that other children will be able to enjoy the toys that my children no longer need, as a big fan of Toy Story I would hate to think of those toys thrown out and unloved!
I now find myself wandering around the house looking for things to eBay and with just a few snaps on my phone I can have it auctioned amongst millions of users and the money into my PayPal within the week. Christmas is usually quite a worrying time for us as a family of six with only one income, so it is a relief to know that we can have that money put away ready to treat our children at the end of the year. And next year, no doubt sell many of those toys back on eBay!!
You can read how other Mums found selling their unwanted items on ebay here .
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