The battle to whittle down our stuff continues. . .
I’ve posted before about our efforts to sell off the household items, furniture and furnishings that we don’t want to move abroad with. (You can see some of those posts here, here and here. (And no, that’s not my stuff in the picture.)
Unfortunately, in this economy, there are way too many people selling and way too few people buying. I’ve recently posted ads on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace trying to sell more of our stuff. I’m focusing on two broad categories right now, Musical Instruments and Christmas.
In the musical instruments category, we’ve successfully sold a 3/4 size student violin, but I’m still looking to move the piano.
We’ve also got several Department 56 Christmas village pieces we’d like to send to new homes, but I haven’t listed them yet.
But my big project is books, books and more books.
I’m going through my book collection rather ruthlessly, setting aside those which are out of print and can’t be replaced. Anything else, especially if it’s available as an e-book for my Kindle, is going. I’m putting together a spreadsheet catalog, which I’ll be sharing on Google docs for anyone who’s interested.
There are some new players in the sell my stuff online game, and I’ll be checking them out and reporting back to you.
First is a new site calld yarsellr. They offer to “sell anything quickly and easily,” and bill themselves as a social networking site for yard sale type activity. One of the things they ask you to do is link your listing to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, although it’s not compulsory. Listings are free, but a quick browse through a couple of categories (including books) leads me to believe most of what’s listed there is way overpriced.
Sell.com is “the alternative to eBay and other online auctions,” according to their website. Listing the first item is free, but after that there are charges for listings, although they don’t charge percentages of the price the way eBay does. They even have a real estate section.
Then there’s Sell My Stuff, another online classified ad site. A search under the category “books” brought up seven whole lsitings. I think I’ll skip this one. . .
On a slightly more positive note, here’s an excellent blog post I found about developing a process for ridding yourself of the excess stuff in your life.
Have you found a great — or even a decent — online location for selling stuff? Please share!