How We Made $4,000 Selling Our Stuff

Nate and I sold or donated everything we own except:

  • Our clothes
  • A few beloved saute pans
  • Our chef's knife
  • Lily (our dog)

For me, every encounter where I sold a thing went the same way.  I took pictures of the thing.  I listed it online.  Someone emailed saying, "Hey! I love your thing! Let me pay you some dollars so it can be my thing!" We set up a time for them to come by.  Right before they showed up, I thought, "Wait!  This is my thing!  No one else can have this!"  Nate talked me down.  The person showed up and paid me $50.  I felt bummed.  The next day I couldn't really remember what I liked so much about it.  I deposited the $50 in the bank and thought about beaches in Thailand.

We projected that we'd make $1,500 - $2,000 selling our stuff. We mostly had used furniture, and I couldn't imagine that it would sell for much.

We ended up making $3,968.

HERE ARE A FEW OF THE THINGS WE SOLD:

HERE'S HOW WE DID IT:

Craigslist.org

This is a great website to sell furniture, household items and wedding decor.  Interested buyers will come to your house, pay cash and haul the item away, so it's good for big ticket things like couches and beds.  We always made sure Nate was home when we had a craigslist person stop by because of... well, you know... the potential for murder.  

Protip: Try to work in the terms "vintage" or "mid century." Also calling anything "wedding decor" will automatically get you twice its value.

Ebay.com

This proved to be the most effective for our electronics.  The downside is you have to package and ship the items once they sell.  Luckily Nate worked from home, so trips to the post office and UPS weren't a big deal.

Half.com

This website was pretty good for books, especially newer releases.  All you have to do is plug in the ISBN or UPC number, and the site populates the title, year, etc.  Again, you have to deal with shipping and packaging, though.

Protip: Don't try to price your own books.  Just go with the prices they suggest.

Poshmark

This was an app I used to sell a few clothing items, mostly shoes.  It's very easy to use.

Protip: Modeling the clothing helps... although you may feel creepy about it.  Maybe put one of those big black dots over your face in the photos before you post.  


As our apartment got emptier and emptier, there were moments where I felt sad about the things we were losing.  You can always convince yourself that one day you might want that sweater or those ski goggles or that old cell phone.  The truth is: I almost never wake up thinking about something I had years ago and wishing I still have it.  

Once it's gone, it's gone, and that's okay.  

Decluttering frees you up for better stuff and more time enjoying the things you have.