You often write about selling things on when you write about decluttering. But when I’ve tried it’s been a lot of work and I’ve ended up taking stuff off sale and giving it away.
How do I sell my items? For years I have spent loads on making our home beautiful, but right now we’re flat broke and every penny will help.
Thanks for your question Steffi.
You’re far from alone in feeling the pinch right now, and when we talked about what’s involved, we came to the conclusion that there’s not just one easy answer, sadly.
A lot of the success will depend on your wording and your photos, but just as important is the site you choose to sell on.
Fortunately, people are coming around to the idea of ‘vintage’ and pre-loved’ rather than ‘second hand’ and are waking up to how much ‘greener’ and more ethical it is to buy good quality preloved goods than to buy cheap fast fashion items – clothes or home.
This, combined with the fact that all of us are trying to make the same - or less - money go further now faced with a higher cost of living, means that it’s a good time to be selling on good quality items (or passing them on to upcyclers to give them a new life).
Your question gave rise to a whole lot more: which sites should I sell on and how do they work? How can I get the best price – and how do I even know what price to put on? What about the pictures.
It’s been very easy for us to say ‘sell things’, but your question stopped us in our tracks. We have decided that over the next few weeks we’ll create a series, one that looks at the best places to sell specific items, how to do it, what commission, if any, you’ll pay and how to make the best of your listing.
So keep an eye on our blog where we’ll be looking at all of these things in a bit more depth.
At easyStorage we’re all about helping our customers, and constantly improving our services. So we can’t thank you enough for the question. We’re off sharing our experiences and knowledge and researching the many sites to give you the answers you deserve.
Our guides should help narrow down sellers' options to just a few useful sites - some are free, some charge commission, some ask for advertising, and others demand a membership. And help with the wording and pictures.
And of course if you need to declutter and/or make more space but can’t bear to part with things that have given you joy, we’re always here with a cost effective self storage solution - we even collect your goods and drop them back. You can discuss your storage needs with one of our professionals, free, on 0800 061 4091.
If you have a storage question that you’d like answered, send your question to Alex Fulcher who’ll pick questions for the team to answer each month: Alex.Fulcher@easystorage.com or use #AskeasyStorage and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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