Hosting an Online Yard Sale

Stephanie Oliver
Published on January 29, 2021

Hosting an Online Yard Sale

If you are searching for a new home and need to get rid of some stuff, or maybe you just need to do some Spring cleaning, hosting an online yard sale is a great way to spruce up your space while also earning some extra money from home. 

Go through closets and cupboards and find old things you no longer use and are in good enough condition that someone else may be interested in buying them. 

Somethings to consider selling in an online yard sale are:

  • Clothing that doesn’t fit or hasn’t been worn in a while
  • Craft supplies
  • Extra car parts
  • Furniture that is stored away
  • Outdated home decor
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Jewelry 
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Old pans and pots from the kitchen
  • Technology like games or computer monitors
  • Tools and hardware 
  • Workout and sports equipment

Clean up the items by wiping off any dust or dirt that may have accumulated over time with water and a mild soap. The better shape you can get the item in, the nicer it will look in photos and the more likely it will sell online.

Once you’ve cleaned-up and taken pictures of each item, decide which platform you would like to list your goods. Write a short description of each item that includes relevant information like price, size and condition to accompany your photos. 

Some popular selling platforms are: 

  • Craigslist: Classified advertisement site. Pros: NO seller fees, great for local sales. Cons: Seller responsible for organizing selling details like shipping or meeting.
  • eBay: Online marketplace with users worldwide. Pros: User-friendly, huge audience, good for high-profit sales. Cons: Many sellers (high competition), seller fees.
  • Amazon: The largest ecommerce platform worldwide. Pros: Simple to use, huge buyer audience, better for consistent sellers or new items. Cons: Not great for used-item sales, lots of competition. (Editor’s tip: Tons of people use Amazon during the holiday season, so post accordingly!)
  • Decluttr: Tech-buying app with instant price offers. Pros: Great for media sales, no physical contact. Cons: You’re selling to the platform itself, no haggling.
  • Facebook Marketplace: use FB marketplace to sell or buy goods locally or internationally. Pros: No fees, huge audience. Cons: User is responsible for arranging shipping details. 
  • Shopify: This software is subscription-based that helps vendors create online stores to sell their unique products. Pros: Helpful customer support,  easy-to-use functionality, no downloads required, helpful customer support. Cons: Transaction and monthly fees.
  • Nextdoor: Connect with those in your close community in this online neighborhood hub. Pros: No fees to use platform, great local sales. Cons: Not solely a selling platform, not many ways to communicate with users.

Once you’ve decided on the best platform for your items, bag or box them up for the buyer. If you need to ship the item, use a UPS coupon to make sure you’re spending the least amount of money.

To really impress your buyer, add a card thanking them for their purchase into their package so they know how much you appreciate their business. You can download and use this printable thank you card!

Whether you decide to meet with a neighbor from Nextdoor or ship to a buyer from Facebook, getting ahead of Spring cleaning by hosting a virtual garage sale is a great way to make extra cash without breaking a sweat.

Here at Ferguson Realty, we are planning our next local garage sale event! Would you like to participate? Let us know by contacting us, so that we can include you in our route! Salvation Army will come to pick up anything that you don’t want to be stuck with, if it doesn’t sell. Ask me for details!

This article was kindly created for my blog by Emily Banks at Siege Media, more at http://siegemedia.com.

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