Out With the Old, In With the New
With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to think about getting rid of any old unused items that you have lying around the house. A spring clean can freshen up your home, and can even earn you some extra money. There are a number of websites that you can use to sell any unwanted items, and turn your unused belongings into cash. If you are looking for a way to get rid of some items that have been lying around the house for a while, why not try one of these sites?
eBay is one of the most popular online selling sites in the world and you can sell anything from furniture to clothing, to appliances, books and much more through this well-known site.
eBay works primarily as an online auction. You set up an account and list your item for sale, and potential buyers compete to bid on it. Once the closing date and time arrives, the buyer with the highest bid gets the item. You can also list items with a fixed price, which allows you to bypass the bidding process and sell the item quickly for the set price. There are fees for listing and selling some items, however.
You will need to decide whether you are going to ship items to buyers or only sell to buyers who are in your local area and are able to pick things up. Payment can be done with cash (if they are picking up) or via PayPal.
Once you get the hang of eBay it can be fun and straightforward to use. Sales can be a bit slow at first, but once your buyer rating rises, you will find that people are more willing to trust you and your reputation means sales improve.
Gumtree is another well-known site where sellers can list items for sale, and buyers can contact them directly. Gumtree differs from eBay in that it doesn’t offer an auction service, but acts as online classifieds. It's free to list an item on Gumtree.
Gumtree is great for sellers who are looking for a fuss-free way to sell to local buyers. If you have unwanted items that you think would appeal to other people in your area Gumtree can be useful, but if your items are more niche it might be more difficult to sell them on Gumtree.
Quicksales is an Australian auction site where you can list items for sale under a wide range of different categories. Unlike other bigger sites such as Gumtree and eBay, Quicksales is exclusive to Australia and New Zealand. Users need to register to be able to list items and listing is free.
De-cluttering your home can be the first step to re-evaluating your living arrangements. Over time your needs may change, and you might want to consider whether the family home is still appropriate for your needs as you get older.
Retirement planning can help you decide whether it may be time to downsize your home and possibly consider a retirement village. Simplifying your life could mean less time spent clearing out clutter and more time to spend enjoying your retirement.