One of the things I like to do when I’m battling a bit of the old frugal fatigue, is to challenge myself in some way.
My goal was to spend 30 days selling stuff around my house in an effort to raise $200. The results are in.
Unfortunately, I fell a bit short of my goal.
Because I live in a rural area, I focused my efforts entirely on local Facebook selling groups. I was able to sell $112 worth of stuff – all kid-related, over the course of the month.
There were a few things I learned about selling things in this way:
1) It takes more time than you realize. Listing the items was relatively simple. Coordinating a time to meet with buyers and make the exchange was a time-consuming challenge. I got lazy about listing things near the end of the challenge because I dreaded making the arrangements.
2) A lot of the stuff I have to get rid of is little odds and ends – good stuff – but not worth the $10 in gas to go to town to sell it. I would do much better selling it in a garage sale.
3) I think I prefer having a garage sale. Yes, it’s work, but really only a couple of days. With the listing of individual items in different places, it felt like the process dragged on and was a lot to keep track of – i.e. “I’m meeting who today? Where? What are they buying?”
While I would have liked to have met my money-making goal, I am thrilled to have cleared out a lot of stuff. In addition to the items I sold, I also got rid of two rather large bags of kids clothing to a friend and a family member, which felt really good – like “I can see the floor of my closet good.”
I still have a few more items I’ll list on Facebook, but the rest I’ll price and pack away until I find a person in town who will let me join their garage sale.
The best part of this challenge, was being able to identify things I can let go of and start to get my closets more organized and under control.
Did you take the Turn Clutter Into Cash Challenge? How did you do?