11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff
Do you want to purge your stuff? Are you decluttering, or perhaps even selling everything to prepare for a life of full-time travel? By all means use the more conventional routes to lighten your load; they are discussed in these two posts:
But for the path less traveled, here are a few creative techniques to enhance your selling spree (and maybe even have some fun in the process). (See also: How to Have a Successful Garage Sale)
1. Sell at Local Colleges
Students love a bargain, and they are good candidates for just about anything you're selling — especially at the beginning of the school year when students are moving in.
You can post flyers around the school and create listings in the classified sections of college forums.
If you are selling locally, encourage your buyer to pick up the item at your place; once you get them in the door, they might want to buy other things. (This worked a charm for me when I was selling everything I owned.) Of course, be prudent about the circumstances around strangers coming into your home; by taking precautions like having a friend over if you're alone.
3. Have a Raffle
You can do all kinds of things with the raffle concept. You can raffle off individual items (usually of higher value), as well as “kits” or “baskets” of related items of a theme (for example “kitchen” or “toys”). And depending on what you're raffling off, you can visit local clubs or specialty groups to raffle off some of your related “kits” (for example your bike and accoutrements might be of interest to members of a local cycling club).
4. Living Estate Sale
If you want a safe hands-off approach to selling the lot, a living estate sale is for you. There are organizations popping up everywhere offering this service; people come to your home and catalog everything to market and auction items off. They deal with the buyers, collect payments, and arrange pick-ups.
5. Raid My Closet Party
Invite your friends (and friends of friends) over to do as the name invites!
6. Car Boot Sales
These are big in Europe, where people gather to sell their wares out of their cars (usually on a blanket or table beside the car). You pay a small fee for your slot, which often goes to the hosting school or church.
7. Virtual Garage Sale
I know somebody who created a website with pictures and prices of everything they were selling, then promoted the website locally with flyers etc, as well as online with social media. They also used the site as a referral point for eBay and Craigslist listings, thus giving buyers more information and employing cross-selling strategies.
8. Post on Specialty Forums
For specialty items like fishing gear and mountain biking gear, use the classified section of an online forum related to the item you're selling.
9. Have a Yard Sale Clearance
Hopefully you'll get professional “garage salers” in; spot 'em and ask them to make an offer for everything. Expect to pretty much give it away. But if you want your stuff gone, there might be a simple pleasure in just watching somebody take it all.
You can use Facebook in a few ways to sell your stuff. I've had success with simply posting a status update with various items for sale.
You can also find dedicated Facebook groups for selling by performing searches like “Buy or Sell in [insert the name of your town]”.
11. Smartphone Applications
There are some creative ways to sell your stuff using smartphone-based applications and groups. Here are a couple:
Poshmark hosts real-time themed selling parties which you “attend” on your iPhone. Create listings with your phone to fit the event's theme (such as designer handbags, bold accessories, skirts & scarfs, etc). When your item sells, Poshmark handles the payment and sends you a pre-paid pre-addressed shipping label (to anywhere in the US). They'll deduct a 20% commission fee from your earnings for this service, and it's currently only available to iPhone users in the US.
Rumgr is a location-based marketplace that allows you to list your items from your smartphone and shows your posts to people living in your area.
Do you have any weird ways to sell your stuff?