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Ruthless declutter - best pace to sell stuff

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yecartmannew Sat 11-Mar-17 17:44:18

We are massively downsizing this year and I need to get rid of 20 years worth of "stuff "

Nothing of particular value but would like to see if I can sell it before I donate/bin it.

I have started putting some on Facebook marketplace.

I don't know if it is worth putting stuff on eBay as collection only because i don't really have the time to pack and post a whole load of 99p items.

Where else is good for selling low value items? Gumtree? Anyone tried shpock? Anywhere else in haven't thought of?

yecartmannew Sat 11-Mar-17 20:20:45


HopeClearwater Sat 11-Mar-17 20:56:19

What kind of stuff?
I did this when I downsized. If your priority is people collecting it rather than profit, bang it on eBay, 99p start and specify collection only. People always collect stuff they've paid for. They don't always collect if you're giving it away free. Saved me a fortune in petrol and time going to the tip / post office.

Artura Sat 11-Mar-17 21:26:38

I like gumtree - less messing around. Put a baby carrier on it yesterday, someone responded within 1/2 hr, offered asking price and picked it up an hour later. We've sold quite a lot of furniture on gumtree too.

Vinorosso74 Sat 11-Mar-17 21:47:40

I've sold a fair bit on Gumtree. Mainly baby stuff and clothing bundles of DDs grown out of stuff which was still wearable.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 12-Mar-17 00:15:17

Gumtree is not widely used where I live although I've bought stuff from there if I feel it's worth the 60 mile round trip to collect.
I've had no problems with selling as collection only on Ebay, apart from the man who wanted me to let him buy my tent for half the starting price and deliver it 30 miles away. He was very persistent and kept bidding even after the price shot up, so I was delighted when someone else beat his bid in the last 4 seconds and collected it an hour later.
I think you just have to put COLLECTION ONLY in capitals in the ad and not rely on people actually reading the delivery options.

GurneyGob Sun 12-Mar-17 18:23:09

Gumtree is good for furniture. Sites like MusicMagpie and Zapper are good for getting rid of loads of DVD's, console games and books - you usually need about £25 worth of stuff minimum and quite a few of the DVD's etc will only be worth 25p but if you use the app to scan items you can see what things they will accept really quickly. You box it up and they pay the postage from a collect+ shop. The books etc they are not accepting (too much stock of them) I then box up for the charity shop.

It won't make you rich - but it is something.

yecartmannew Mon 13-Mar-17 07:56:53

Thanks all. I think I will try eBay first. Then Gumtree. It's all a load of tat really but I reckon if I could get a pound for every item i'don't have a couple of grand!

ChocolateSherberts2017 Tue 14-Mar-17 03:50:21

Remember that ebay will charge you sellers fees too, I don't know if gumtree do.

Also think about doing a car bootsale, might be a good way to get rid of a pile of stuff in one go. Ime pick a dry day and have a variety of items on sale, don't price them so people have to ask you. You can then choose the price depending on how desperate you are to sell on.

sycamore54321 Tue 14-Mar-17 04:09:50

In my experience, ruthless decluttering and secondhand selling are incompatible. If ruthless downsizing is your main aim and presuming you don't have unlimited time, then the charity shop, the recycling centre and the landfill are the way to go. Selling is a time consuming process and takes up mental energy that could be better spent on decluttering. My advice would be to balance the potential income against the time and costs of selling plus the opportunity cost of not having stuff that you no longer want hanging around for days or weeks while you wait for it to find a buyer.

purplegreen99 Tue 14-Mar-17 11:21:18

Definitely car boot sale if you want to just get rid of the maximum amount of stuff in the shortest time - and take some spare bin bags so you can pack up the leftover stuff & drop it at a charity shop on the way home. I find ebay a bit demoralising for low price things as listing and posting or arranging collection is all quite time-consuming, though I do sell bigger things like furniture or higher value stuff on there. Weirdly I've had bits of furniture where I've put them on freecycle and people haven't turned up to collect, then I've tried them on ebay as too big to take to the tip and ended up selling things I couldn't give away.

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