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Welcome back to the How to Sell Your Stuff series. Next up we are going to raid the kid’s rooms.
If you are like me and your kids have nicer stuff than you do, then this room is the money maker!
My family and friends love spoiling my kids rotten so their cupboards are filled with goodies. You’ll find me out and about in active wear and a hobo bun next to two kids dressed in Country Road and Seed. I keep my kids clothes in great condition and sell them as soon as they grow out of them so that I can start stocking up on the next size.
My best friend gave me two life-changing tips for keeping clothes looking like new:
Now let’s get started…
Start by sorting the designer clothes into brand specific piles, the best place to sell these is on Facebook Buy Swap Sell (BSS) groups. There are hundreds of kids BSS groups! Before you get started, go and join all of your local suburb/city kids BSS groups and then join the brand specific groups. There are groups for Bonds, Seed, Country Road, Witchery, Cotton On, Bardot Jnr, if it’s cute there’s a group! Read the page rules carefully before you post anything, each group has specific posting guidelines. For example, some make you post a collage of everything you’re selling and then post individual photos in the comments.
Now that you’ve joined the groups and read the rules, put your post together, including clear pictures, prices, sizes, the item condition and location (suburb only). If you post the item/s in multiple groups make sure you add “advertised elsewhere” in the description.
Handmade Boutique Clothes
You know that little cake smash dress that you spent months looking for and your cherub wore once? It was all worth it, not just because of the cute pics, but because, handmade items from well known local brands do well on BSS. Be clever with your posting times, don’t try selling your Christmas and Easter rompers in the middle of the year! Get your post together and put it up on your local suburb/city kids BSS groups.
There are a few ways to sell non-designer clothes on BSS…
Bundle – You can do size bundles but, don’t expect to get more than $20 regardless of the amount you are selling. Lay all the clothes out neatly and take a photo of the lot. Post this image as the main photo, then take individual pictures and post them in the comments.
Individually – You can sell them individually, but do it all in the same post, group administrators hate it when you post hundreds of different items in one go and spam the page. Use the same format as above in ‘Bundle’ but include the individual prices under each picture in the comments.
Gold Coin Sale – If you are keen to sell them quickly and you have a lot, post them as a Gold Coin thread! Use an image of a ‘sale sign’ or something equally eye-catching. Post individual pictures of items in the comments. Under each image add the words ‘Gold Coin Sale’ as well as the usual information including the size and item condition. Include the same details in the post’s description. Because the items are so cheap you should also include the phrases ‘pick up ASAP’ and ‘no holds’ to prevent no-shows.
After a week or so when people have finished commenting, I usually post whatever is left as a free bundle. If you choose to do this make sure you only post in one group at a time because people get back to you FAST and it is hard to keep up with who wrote sold first. I have literally been verbally abused by a toothless woman who believed she commented ‘sold’ before another lady did. Needless to say, I did NOT give her the clothes.
Brand New With Tags
If you have anything with tags still attached (like me because my daughter grows faster than the speed of light) post them on eBay. Start with the retail price and see if you have any luck, you can always lower it after a week if it doesn’t sell or, select ‘make me an offer’ if you are happy to accept less. Make sure you include BNWT (Brand New With Tags) in the listing title and description, also include photos of the tags in your post.
You can try and sell BNWT items on BSS but they don’t do as well. BSS groups are a place to get a good deal not a place to pay the full retail price. Also, the mothers (or fathers) in these group are savvy shoppers so don’t try fooling them! There is nothing worse than seeing someone who has gone and bought a bunch of kids clothes at outlet sales and tried to sell them on BSS groups for the full retail price. It’s fine if you want to do this, and it is quite a good way to make some extra cash but sell the stuff on eBay, not BSS.
Shoes are a pretty safe bet when it comes to making a decent sale. Because let’s face it, kids feet grow a warped speed, so they are generally in pretty good condition. Excellent condition shoes sell well on eBay, whilst well-used shoes are best sold on BSS and the Facebook marketplace.
Love To Dream Swaddles (every new Mums dream) are one of the most popular items on BSS. Make sure that you are honest about their condition, don’t be a d*ck and try to fob off sweat and drool stained swaddles to unsuspecting strangers. I paid $25 for a swaddle that looked brand new in the photo and when it arrived it had mouldy stains on the hands so I had to throw it away! This was my first purchase on BSS and because I was new to the group, I didn’t know what to do about it. Now if there are not enough pictures of an item I will ask to see more before I purchase it, especially if it is being posted to me. I also always ask if the item is from a smoke-free home, especially if it is a swaddle. I have since bought 3 more from different people on BSS and they have all been perfect. Swaddles that are in good condition can sell from $15 to $30.
If you and your kids have outgrown your baby bag and you need the cash to buy a grown-up purse and a few backpacks you might be in luck! Bags such as the Mimco Lucid Baby Bag are still in high demand. I recently sold my tan, 3-year-old (bag not child) on eBay for $150! It even had a few scuff marks (which I posted photos of on eBay). Brands like Oroton and Skip Hop do well on eBay as well. If you have a non-designer bag in good condition post it on BSS.
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Did Christmas sneak up on you again this year? Every year I find myself reaching for the credit card and wishing that I had been more prepared. Well, this will not be the case next year! I have spoken to my very organised friends and combined all of their ideas to create a strategy to start preparing for next Christmas RIGHT NOW!
1. Have A Very Merry Regiftmas
Remember my post the other day about cautiously unwrapping presents? It’s time to use it because my first tip is to start a ‘regift’ box, or a container, depending on how hard you are to please. Add any gifts that you don’t love and can’t return/exchange to the box and bring it out next Christmas. If you have a terrible memory, put a little note on each gift so that you don’t accidentally give it to the person who gave it to you.
2. Chistco Cards
A good friend recently told me that her secret to buying for her huge family is Christco Gift Vouchers. A total blast from the past but they don’t just do Christmas hampers anymore, they have vouchers galore, everything from Coles to Jetstar. Today I ordered vouchers from Kmart, Target and Coles, to be paid off via direct debit each week. They will arrive next November and I will use the Kmart and Target vouchers to buy gifts for all of the kids in my family and the Coles voucher for my Christmas grocery shop.
3. Stock Up On Boxing Day
Hit up the Boxing day sales with a definitive list of everything you will need next Christmas. I suggest going twice if you have the luxury (or patience). First, hit the shops within the two days following Christmas for all of the essential items on your list, and then again on New Years Day. The shops are a ghost town and you can clean up at the clearance section! Last year I found Christmas satin placemats for $0.25 and decorations for $0.10, it’s well worth the second trip.
Boxing Day Sales Shopping List
Christmas DVD’s (because let’s face it the Netflix selection is just sad)
Wrapping paper, ribbon and cards
Christmas outfits and accessories
If you do upgrade your tree and decorations, don’t forget to put the old ones on the Facebook Marketplace/Buy Swap Sell Groups. Don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t sell right away, just put the post back up in early November and then you’ll have even more cash for next Christmas!
4. Make A Profit
While you’re shopping on Boxing Day, keep an eye out for majorly discounted brand name accessories, handbags, shoes, records and collectables. Take your phone and check their value on eBay by searching the item in ‘sold listings’. If there is an opportunity to make a profit and you have extra cash, stock up and sell them later in the year when they are full price in the stores.
If you don’t already have a Flybuys card, set one up ASAP! Scan it every chance you get throughout the year and save up all of those points to cash in on Flybuys Dollars next Christmas! Check your emails regularly for chances to collect extra points.
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!
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