Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Countdown: Selling those old toys on Craigslist

The Christmas madness has officially begun and so has the preparation. A couple of days ago I posted about how the kids and I began sorting and purging their toys to get ready for what Santa brings (as well as both kids' birthdays).

I wanted to get the kids involved with this so I also shared some kid-friendly signs that I created to help with the process. (See that post here and get your own downloads.)

As I mentioned in the earlier post, one of the keys with young kids is to break it up into small chunks. The first day we decided to go through their stuffed buddies and books in their rooms and bath toys. That was enough as they were beginning to lose interest. So we stopped there and said we would do more the next day.

The next day we took on the basement, which is also our playroom. Now because this room has A LOT, we broke it up into areas. First being, dolls and baby stuff. (Think we have enough? GEEZ!)

Next was dress-up...and so on.

Think we could get any money for this one? Just kiddin'...

How about this one? (Hee hee.)

This is pretty much what we ended up with. The large bag is full of things being donated while the things in front are what I am going to sell on Craigslist. You can see there isn't much that I'm selling but I only try and sell things that I think will sell and that could actually make a little money on.

Here are some tips I have learned when posting on Craigslist:

1. Clean up the item(s) you are wanting to sell.

2. Take clear, bright pictures showcasing features that might help it sell.

3. Choose the most obvious category for your item--or people won't see it.

4. Create a short, strong, and clear title. Include make and model but leave out words like amazing, etc. 

5. Post all of the most important facts and features about the item in the description. Use short sentences rather than paragraphs. 

6. If it is furniture make sure and include its measurements. Include brand name, make, model, etc. Also include the web address for the original product if possible.

7. Check for grammar and punctuation mistakes.

8. I always add that if the ad is still up, the item is still available. Just helps keep people from sending and email with the question: "Is it still available?" YES it is. But if you do this, make sure and delete the ad when it sells.

9. Last but not least is price. I typically cut the original price in half if not to a third (depending on the item and condition.) If I don't hear anything in a week, I know I have more than likely priced it too high and a repost is a lesser price. The idea for me is to get rid of things and maybe make a little money as well. I'm not trying to get top dollar. And from my experience no one on Craigslist is looking to pay top dollar.

Okay, time to make a little extra Christmas money 
and get these items up on Craigslist!

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