Monday, March 13, 2017

The Minimalist Vacation Project: How to Sell Your Things to Fund Your Adventures

If you've been frequenting this blog, you will know my major project right now is my "Minimalist Vacation Project." I was incredibly drawn to the minimalist lifestyle for the peace it creates as well as the freedom to travel and adventure. To motivate myself to go minimalist, I decided that I would try to sell off as many of my belongings as I can (before they get donated otherwise) and use the money to fund a trip somewhere nice for my husband and I. My goal is $1000. While I don't necessarily have an official end date, I would love to have it by May 14th so we can take the trip for our anniversary on the 24th.

The $1000 goal came from an article I was reading in Real Simple magazine awhile back where the person being interviewed stated that any home has somewhere around $1000 worth of stuff they could get rid of. Plus, I figured I could make this work for a road trip style vacation with about 5 nights in a hotel plus money for food and activity (I'm a bargain hunter). It's also important to note that I'm only basing this challenge off of my own personal things (not my husband's). He's also decluttering, but anything he sells off will go towards other more adult things (paying down debt, savings, a down-payment on a house, etc).



So far, I've collected around $130 (see graph in sidebar to track my progress). I'm about $120 less than where I'd like to be at this point, but selling things off slowly but surely. For my post today, I thought I'd share my plan for selling our things...

1.) Local Facebook Yard Sales

If you've never looked into it, Facebook has groups that are specifically used for sale of things locally. So, I joined a local group and began listing all of our things there. I typically only list things that I want $5 or more out of since you have to drive to meet the buyer. This is the first place I try to sell things before using any other method because you generally get more. Make sure if you use this method you either go with a friend or pick a very public place during the day (because people can be crazy).

2.) Ebay

I know you know what Ebay is. This is the second method I like to use especially if something is a brand name or a collectible. There's a bit of delayed gratification since it typically takes longer to sell things this way over Facebook, but the payout is typically pretty good. Plus, you can sell just about anything there. Think I'm joking? I regularly sell chewing gum on there for a profit. Totally serious.

3.) Garage Sales

We are planning to have 2 garage sales before May 14th. This is where I figure most of our smaller items or items that no one purchased on Facebook or Ebay will go. This is where I am guessing we'll have our biggest chunk of money coming in, but typically people don't pay as much for garage sale items, so that's why it's our 3rd line of action.

4.) Decluttr

If there are still books, CD's, DVD's, games or technology I can't sell on the above formats, then I'll send them here. You can download and app and scan the bar code for each item and they pay around garage sale prices for these types of items. This will be my last ditch effort to make some coin off of these sorts of things. Every once in awhile, they'll also send you a coupon code via email to get more money. What I love is that they cover the shipping costs as well!

5.) ThredUp

For my clothes and purses that can't sell on the first 3 formats, this will be my last ditch effort for them. I really love purchasing things from ThredUp (in fact, if you click on the link, you'll get a $10 credit to spend however you'd like). They aren't the greatest in terms of payout and they make you pay for the shipping costs out of your credits, but a little money is better than nothing. I will only send brand name items (as they will donate out everything else and you don't get paid for it). Any clothes that I don't feel like would go on ThredUp, I'll donate out to a non-profit.

And that's my plan to make money from my things thus far. What about you? What is your favorite way to sell items for cash? Any suggestions to help make this project a success?

17 comments :

  1. These are great ideas! I am goibg to pin this and keep it as a guide. I would love to do this to have vacation money. These are a bunch of great ideas, now i wish i wouldn't have thrown out so much while i was spring cleaning.

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    1. Thanks! Ha! I get that! I look back over things I've thrown out in the past and donated and feel like I might've missed out on a couple of vacations! LOL!

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  2. Local Facebook Yard sales - quick question..are these the same as the Facebook market? Where you can go and post your items and then select multiple local groups you belong to and post all at once versus posting individually on each one? I will research it too in the mean time...definitely would like to sell my clothes!

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    1. No...they aren't the same as the Facebook marketplace. I haven't had a whole lot of luck on the Facebook market. You can probably find the local groups if you search your area along with wording like "Swap and Swap" or "Buy, Sell, or Trade". I have tried the marketplace a time or two and I end up getting a lot of people who aren't really serious buyers and often no show to meets. Within the group, they usually have good rules to safeguard from that. Hope that helps! :)

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  3. We've been selling a lot of books, and other stuff we don't need lately. I guess there is still things worth hundreds haha! We're planning to move abroad again so selling old stuff is definitely a must to making moving a bit easier!

    Nora / https://dreamerachiever.com

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    1. Yeah...been there, done that! Minimizing before a move makes things so much easier! Hope you're able to pair down enough to make the transition a little easier!

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  4. These are great tips to clear out clutter and make some cash, people really buy chewing gum from eBay?! I hope that it's not used �� I've got a lot of clutter to get rid of so might do a car boot sale as we don't really have garage sales in the UK.

    Denise | The Life of Dee

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    1. Yep! They really buy chewing gum. LOL! No...it's not used. I'm a bit of a chewing gum fanatic, so I find unique gum flavors and buy them in bulk and sell them. I've literally sold a pack of gum for $10! Crazy!

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  5. What an awesome idea, good luck making it to your goal! I'm sure you will. I absolutely LOVE local Facebook pages for selling stuff. I do it all the time, and typically I'll put "porch pickup" on the listing so that the people have to come to me... no driving necessary!

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    1. I'm not sure if I'm confident enough for the porch pickup. Then again, parts of the town I'm in doesn't have the most upstanding folks. I think I'd probably feel more confident in a different town. That would be WAY more convenient!

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  6. I have used ThredUp. These are some great ideas! I am saving this post for reference for future!

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    1. Glad it could be of use! I've probably bought more on ThredUp than I've sold, but I think that's how they hook you! HA!

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  7. Thanks! Travelling is the only thing which makes us rich.

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  8. I haven't actually heard of this idea before but I love it and I think it's true, I don't have much clutter in my home since I am a new home owner but I still think I could find $1000 worth of things to sell (mostly makeup haha)

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    1. Makeup sells pretty well! I get Ipsy (the subscription bag) and I'll usually sell off the items I'm not the fondest of. Typically the bag pays for itself if I sell one or two of the items I get (or even the bag).

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  9. I've been doing this lately, selling my stuff and I think it's a good thing, to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed with items that you don't use anymore. These tips are awesome and it's so great that you're sharing them with your readers!

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  10. Some great tips you have mentioned here to declutter old things. My mom would love this post. ❤

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