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How to Craigslist Your Garage Sale Leftovers

What do you do when your garage sale is over and you still have lots of stuff leftover? Don't just donate it - make more money off of your old stuff by selling it on Craigslist! These tips will help you make the most of your junk and turn it into cash you can put into your pocket, without causing too much hassle.

About a month ago, I went on a cleaning spree. I wanted all the crap out of my house. BUT, I hate garage sales. Just takes too much planning and time. I know they can make big money, but I rather just sell things off or give them away as soon as I decide I don’t want them anymore. That said, I noticed people on Craigslist listing loads of stuff leftover from garage sales as a huge lot. I thought I could try that with some of our stuff too. Separating the Crap from Maybe Money If you need to ensure you don’t miss a single money-making opportunity, do a quick search on Craigslist or (like Facebook, but just for your neighbors and surrounding neighborhoods) for stuff like yours. If it is selling for anything, then list it. If it’s not or seems to be trash, you can list a free load of stuff to pick up on Craigslist or too. I just want stuff gone, so I only sell the things worth $15 or more usually. The rest of it, I give away. Listing Garage Sale Leftovers on Craigslist as a Lot Several years ago, I listed … Read more

Want a Wedding Dress?

I started listing a bunch of items for sale on Craigslist earlier this year just to cut back on the stuff that was taking up room with no purpose in our home.  Now that we will hopefully be moving in a few months, I started digging in even  more.  I do not want to move anything we don’t have a use for. Sold So Far I’ve had pretty good luck!  Here’s what’s sold so far: Two Pyrex Bake-a-Round Bread Baking Sets – $20 Bread Slicer – $5 Wolfgang Puck Indoor Electric Grill – $20 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker – $30 Tea Pot – $5 Tea Boiler – $5 Coffee Pot – $5 Breadmaker – $10 HP Deskjet Printer – $20 Tennis Racket – $20 Old desk and office chair – $50 Magic the Gathering 10th Edition Common Playset (4 of each common card of 10th edition) – $20 I have also given away two huge piles of stuff too and donated 11 bags of clothing to Goodwill. How I Sell Stuff on Craigslist I have written a couple of posts about Craigslist, but it boils down to: Solid Descriptions Competitive Pricing Great Pictures If they can easily understand your description and see … Read more

Venting about Craigslist Flaggers and Spammers

This short little post was originally published on March 13, 2010 when I think I had less than 10 readers a day, lol.  I’ve added a bit to it and am publishing it again since I think it was a fun vent. Thanks to crazy Craigslist flaggers, it took me two weeks to sell a brand new TV wall mount for $40!  It would have usually only taken a day or two.  My post was simple and to the point, but it got flagged off 6 different times in less than an hour!  I even asked in subsequent posts to be emailed if there were any problems with my post so I could change it.  Nope, they just kept flagging it off as quickly as possible.  My best guess was I was getting flagged because my wall mount was new and listed at $50 and everybody else was selling them for $75 or more. Pure stubbornness kept me reposting until someone called. Hey you, flaggers, you can kiss my a…well, you know!!!  Poopy heads. But now I’m having trouble with spammers. I have a couple of things listed right now and have to sift through con-artists and spammers in my email every evening to … Read more

5 Tips for Selling on Craigslist

Here's how to make money selling things on Craigslist and not get scammed. Turning your old junk into cash is such an awesome way to pay for things like vacations. As they say, one person's trash is another's treasure. These tips help me make the most of my reselling.

I love selling things on Craigslist since it gets it out of my house but keeps it from just being tossed out with the garbage.  I have sold furniture, electronics, fish tanks, and even a few cars. Here are my top 5 tips for successfully selling on Craigslist: 1.  Determine Your Craigslist Price. For anything but cars, I usually look at similar items selling in my city and price my stuff lower since it will sell faster and get it out of my home.  I sold a 10 gallon fish tank with all the extras in less than 24 hours for $125.  The buyer said that she liked my pictures and the fact my tank and setup was $25 cheaper than the others she saw. For cars, I look up the Kelley Blue Book Value and list it at the “Excellent” price and let the buyers talk me down to the “Fair” price.  Just make sure to price it fairly by the end of negotiations so you don’t feel guilty and don’t let anyone talk you down to less than you are comfortable with taking.  No regrets. 2.  Clean the Item. Nobody wants a dirty new thing for their home.  It doesn’t have to be sparkling new, … Read more