After bath I got to thinking I never took a picture of Raya with her swimming certificate after her last class Friday. Since it's her first completion certificate of any kind I thought we better document it!
In other news, I am done watching baby Finn after Tuesday (we will miss him! But I'm excited for the freedom again haha) ....so I finally got around to listing my baby swing for sale....and had it sold in less than a day! So today Raya came into town with me to meet for that pickup (I got $60 for it--wahoo!) and afterwards we had a girls' a fternoon without Brielle. Raya was so excited.
I had to share what I chose to spend a little of my swing money on hehe...how could I pass up these coordinating outfits...Too cute!
|Raccoon for Brielle and owl for Raya of course! This is currently the lead contender for Raya's first day of preschool outfit I think ;-)|
And now I thought I'd share some tips and tricks I've learned over the last couple months of selling off our baby stuff for those who are wanting to do the same or might be doing so in the future! I have been soooo pleased with how much money I've gotten for my stuff, but I feel like there is definitely a science to getting the most money, so here are some of my tips in no particular order! :-)
1) Do not garage sale your items. This is not a good way to get the most money for your stuff! Not only do you spend time pricing and organizing your sale, but then you have to sit there for a day or two. Your time is worth something. Besides that, for the most part people who are at garage sales are looking for BARGAINS. Like 50cent outfits and $10 baby swing bargains. Unless your stuff is very old/worn/etc. you can get way more than this in other venues.
2) Facebook and Craigslist are your friends :-) My first choice for selling items is Facebook. First, simply posting on your own page is often a huge success. I sold a ton of my stuff to a fb friend having a baby soon. It's great because you know the person is legit and it's often easy to arrange a meeting. I have also had g reat success on FB buy/sell/trade groups. You can search and there is pretty much a group for every city. There is a group specifically for baby and kid items in the town where Lee works, so I've had a lot of luck posting there and then people are able to meet lee after work to pick up. It's nice because on fb you can avoid the spam you often get on Craigslist, plus you often have the same people buying and selling in the groups and they become established as legit people. My last go to option is Craigslist. I always put in my ad "put 'baby swing' in the subject line so I know it isn't spam" (or whatever item you are selling)...makes it easier to weed out the spammers. So far I haven't been burned at all on Craigslist either...always meet in a public place ;-) I never have anyone come to my home.
3) Gender neutral sells best. If you have gender neutral baby gear items (swing, bouncey, excersaucer, etc. etc.) you will get more money, and faster! Many people do not find out what they are having ahead of time, so they are buying neutral. Many others know w hat they are having, but want it neutral for future kids. So I often see pink swings sit on Craigslist week after week, whereas mine sold in less than a day. Certainly not always the case if you find the perfect buyer, but I've found it to be a key thing if you're thinking about resale value.
4) Pictures speak 1000 words. Oh my, I do not understand all the people who post a picture of their hot mess of junk and then say "giant tub of baby clothes ---$40 takes all" ....I don't care if $5 takes all, I'm not buying a mystery bin of crap!
Would you rather buy this:
|Honestly, I see pictures like this constantly.|
And r eally, it doesn't take *that* long to lay your stuff out and snap a quick picture. The people who do mystery piles of crappy looking s tuff ask .25cents-$1 for items....I've been selling my stuff for $3-$5 a piece just for basic shirts and such. That extra money adds up when you're talking a quick picture!
5) Descriptions are important. I always make sure to put things like "only worn a couple times" and "super clean" and "lots of compliments!" etc. in my descriptions. This is all true and I feel like it reassures people who are nervous to buy "used" clothes. If it's something that does have some wear I say "mild washwear" ...people have actually message me to say they appreciate the honesty and feel better buying from me because of it. Also if you have good brands, be sure to list it! People like to see Children's Place, Gymboree, Gap, etc. If it's Garanimals or Walmart etc. I just conviently leave off the brand, unless people ask :-)
6) List at appropriate times. List your fall/winter stuff in late summer, and your spring/summer stuff in late winter. That's when people are in the mood to buy for the next season. I'm not even bothering listing my summer clothes right now b/c people aren't really buying that right now.
7) List smaller items in "lots". On Craigslist I list like items in lots so that nothing is less than $15 usually. It's worth our time to swing by a parking lot and meet someone for $15. I personally don't feel it's worth my time over $3 for one baby outfit, etc. On facebook groups I started listing all my items and people can pick and choose the different outfits they want, but I have a minimum purchase total they must meet before I will meet them for pickup. Otherwise my time is worth more than the item and I'd rather consign it.
Anyways, those are the big tips I can think of off the top of my head! Enlightening wasn't it? haha. Now if I *wasn't* a stay-at-home mom I would still sell my bigger baby items....because honestly when you can take a $99 swing that you've used for 3 years and sell it for $60 I consider that pretty damn good! If I was working though I might be less likely to piddle with some of the smaller ticket items, but I sort of consider it a part time job right now in a way!
And I even *made* money on some items believe it or not...for example, I buy the girls' pjs on super clearance a year or two ahead....usually pay less than $3 for Carter's pjs. I just sold a lot of those pjs for $3 each, so two girls wore them over 3 years and it basically paid nothing for them. Smart shopping ladies ;-)