Help to Make Your Trash Another’s Treasure

You know that you have high quality items that are not getting used. Your children outgrow clothes, sometimes before they can wear them. Their old toys are still in great shape but they just gather dust. You have clothing of your own that is either too big, too small, or just not your style anymore. Why not clear out your closets and make some money in the process?

Yard sales have been the standby for those who want to buy and sell gently used clothing for years. You can often find great deals on clothing, unique gifts, and toys for your children when you purchase other people’s wares. However, yard sales take a great deal of time for those who wish to buy and sell. Arranging items, advertising, and spending hours waiting for customers makes selling extremely difficult. Scouring yard sale ads, looking for those that have unique gifts and clothing at reasonable prices can take weeks. No one has that kind of time.

The best choice when you wish to buy and sell your pre-loved items is online consignment. Using an online boutique is preferable to brick-and-mortar shops because you have a wider customer base, it is open 24 hours, and you have the opportunity to earn much more than when you simply sell your items to a re-sale shop. Consignment is also much better than online auctions because there is a fixed price point. You don’t have to wonder if your item will sell for pennies when you know it is worth much more.

Some people avoid online consignment because they think it will be difficult to sell clothing and unique gifts. The truth is, using online consignment to buy and sell is one of the easiest ways to earn a few extra dollars. Start by sorting through your closest. Pull out clothing, toys, and baby gear that is no longer used. Create two separate piles: one that is for like new or lightly used items and one for those things that show more wear. Those that have been well-loved are not good candidates for consignment. Instead, they can be donated to a cause of your choice. The rest should be sorted to buy and sell online.

Clothing items that you wish to buy and sell need to be laundered and photographed for advertising purposes. It is a good idea to press these clothing items as well. Those looking for clothing or unique gifts will want to see the clothes in their best form. Baby gear should include all parts and user manuals if they are still available. If not, try to find the manual online, print it, and add it to the package. Outgrown toys make excellent unique gifts; make sure all pieces are present.

The next step is setting a price. Sweet Sprouts makes it very easy for you by suggesting a price based on your item description. You can adjust the price as you see fit. However, remember that those looking for unique gifts are also looking for the best prices. They may not purchase if the price is too high. This is especially true for those who will incur shipping charges as well.

To get started, simply sign up for a free account through Sweet Sprouts. It really is that easy!

Author: molly

Mom of 2 energetic boys, entrepreneur, registered dietitian and Scandal fan. In her 15 minutes of free time each day, she enjoys cooking, reading, and sampling craft beers. She blogs about motherhood, social media and beer. Find more of Molly at @swsprouts @bloggerithm and @itsaboutbeer.

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