Sign went for $115
When I came home from Hawaii this past summer, while the holiday blues didn’t hit, one thing sure did. I noticed I flat out had too. much. stuff.
I knew this of course before the trip. You know how you keep replaying the same thing in your head, “I need to get rid of ___!” “I’m so tired of this ____!” “One day I’ll get to Ikea and replace that ____!”
So I started things off by cleaning. But honestly, that just resulted in a bunch of shuffling, so I gave up.
Until… I started paying more attention to a private Facebook site, local to my area that was all about bidding on stuff.
Local was the key. That meant that I didn’t have to send or deliver a thing, with the winner picking up said item up direct from ME! Plus, there was potential to actually earn what the item was truly worth, rather than always giving stuff away like at a garage sale.
So I tried my first bidding item. We had a giant trampoline in our back yard that I’ve had to move each time I mow. With no one using it, and hurting myself every time it needed positioning, it was a no brainer. This would be my first try.
I was so nervous! I find it hard to relinquish a memory thing. The tramp was a mother’s day present, that my son and I used together for so many years. My fondest memories are from laying on it at night, filled with cozy blankets and pillows, to just stare up at the night sky filled with stars.
But teen years have my son bolting out the door with friends instead these days, so there the thing sat. Waiting for me to take it for mini walks each time the lawn needed a haircut.
So I took pictures, then uploaded them to the site.
24 hours later, it was purchased for $50, with the winner fully aware he’d be taking it apart! Cool!
White trash bedroom
Gate went for $67
And then I was hooked. Every big thing I couldn’t stand looking at any longer went on that site. Big. Small. Things I didn’t use or want any longer. I have lost track of all the stuff I have let go. So while I haven’t been blogging much lately, I have been relinquishing a LOT.
But unlike a garage sale, you don’t always lose money… you can make money too! I’ve been surprised a couple of times, but I guess that all levels out with the things you literally give away too.
And you get to meet cool people! Sometimes it’s a 2 second exchange, but one time it was at least a 30 minute visit, where I took a buyer for a tour of my home because we locked into the topic of repurposing.
Antique headboard dresser
3 antique headboards went for $65
While the funds are super nice, the biggest comeback for me personally is gaining more space. Rooms that have been jammed are slowly opening up. Turning your home from storage space to useable space changes everything.
I realize not everyone of you will have a bidding site in your home town. You may want to try and find one regardless… I mean, there may be one already! But here’s how it works in case you’re interested or wish to start one…
Chippy fence went for $40
How a 24 hour bidding site works:
A seller adds one picture to the group, with description, pickup location, starting bid. (pricing it low or FREE gains more attention as more get involved… and makes it easy to get rid of your item!) More photos can be in comments. But one picture to start is mandatory. If you upload more than one, it creates more than one place to bid.
People can bid on the item for 24 hours, but ultimately, the last, highest bid within that 24 hours is the winner.
ie: if I post Sunday 12:05 pm, last bid can be anything before that time stamp, 24 hours later. (Monday 12:04:59 pm)
During the last minute your item is up for grabs, a bidding war of sorts fires up. Those that really want your item sync their bid with a clock, trying to be the last one standing. It’s rather exiting to watch!
Once the time has past, the seller deems the winner via the timestamp (that shows up on desktop computers only). Then you PM each other for pick up instructions.
It’s like magic!
I generally have about 2-4 items up for bid at one time, so time spent online along with pickups can sort of be coordinated together.
If you want to see if your own town has one, try a few keywords in your Facebook search browser… 24 hour bidding or auction, with your local town name. You never know!
My little dream of changing all those eyesores or stagnant storage corners into usable space is slowly becoming a reality. I think a big garage sale is a quicker way of course, but this works for those where time is a little tighter, choosing my sale and pickup days. Pretty cool!
Now, this post wasn’t meant to taunt you with cool, old stuff you can’t have. We ALL have stuff we have sitting around, and I’m sure I want yours too! 🙂 This post was meant to entice you to be a little more creative with solutions that get your home back the way you desire it to be. Have that big garage sale if enticed! But this was a solution that is working well for me. And it’s fun!
So excuse me while I go hunt down the next big thing to see exit this place… because the more I toss, the more I can… collect?
And that’s really the best part of all, isn’t it? 🙂
I’m filing this one under From Crap to Clean. I think it’s time we fired up these cleaning posts again! Are you up for the challenge again too?