Ways to sell your stuff to get more money
Sometimes, making a few dollars just takes a little bit of creativity and imagination. Have you ever considered buying items to turn around and sell them at a profit? Plenty of people are buying things at thrift stores and garage sales, then putting them up for sale on sites such as Ebay.com. If you go take a look at some of the merchandise on Ebay on any given day, you'll see that most individuals are selling all sorts of things - and making money!
Thrift store versus garage sales - which are better? Garage sale markups are not as high as the thrift store, and you can find more items that are "like new." The other benefit of a garage sale is that you can haggle with a seller; thrift stores are less likely to let you ask for a price reduction. You do, however have to watch out for sellers that have emotional attachment to their items. While the vase given to them by their grandmother may have sentimental value, that does not affect the actual value of the item.
Sometimes, you'll buy something that you won't be able to sell, or that will only sell for the same price you paid originally. Being aware of supply and demand is important, and you'll need to try to isolate your purchases to things that people want, not things that are easy to find or don't turn a profit. Reading up on how to spot a valuable item at a garage sale or an auction is a good tactic. There have been individuals who've made a lot of money by purchasing and selling off what someone considered junk.
Deciding where to sell your items depends on what the item is. There are several websites that are best for selling books, with Amazon.com and Half.com being the top two. Items can be sold on Ebay.com and usually make a profit if your description and terms are well written; the better your description and picture, the more money you'll sell for. Another place to sell items is on Craigslist.org; just look up your local area and see what prices other people are selling similar items. You can also offer to barter for items on their site with relative ease. Anyone who has done any form of eBay marketing training will know these concepts.
The last option to earn money off items is hosting your own garage sale. This can be profitable if you go to garage sales at the end of the day when the seller is trying to get rid of everything to avoid packing it back up. You can also check out Craigslist.org for free items that are being offered. Many times after a garage sale, people will list that all their leftover items are sitting on the curb, free for the taking. If you have a truck and some garage space, you can take everything off their hands at the end of the day. The benefit to sellers is they don't have to haul leftovers back inside, and you get items for free - a win/win situation!
Try to stick with what you know and like. If you're interested in teapots or rooster items, narrow down your purchases to those types. When it comes time to advertise or sell, you'll be more likely to turn a profit if you're selling something you're interested in and know a lot about. Most of all, remember to have fun in your buying and selling business.