The Trial Run
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.