How to Sell Stuff and Make Money
Did you inherit things you don’t want? The average American has between $3,000 to $7,000 worth of cash they can earn by cleaning out unused and unloved items in their home. Let us help you sell stuff and make money.
Craigslist and Garage Sales
Selling your items on Craigslist or hold a garage sale is an option. However, you may be underselling your items at a garage sale, which takes a lot of time and effort. Further, Craigslist can be dangerous when allowing strangers into your home, which can’t always be avoided when selling large items like furniture and appliances.
Consignment Is The Way to Go
The easiest and quickest way to sell an entire collection or other valuables is on consignment where experts advertise and sell your items to collectors worldwide.
A 2017 article in the New York Times boasts how consignment is the new trend. And a recent survey finds that three of five Americans plan to refresh or reorganize their living space. The resale and consignment industry is booming right now, which means there are buyers who are interested in what you have to sell.
If you have an upcoming move, are downsizing or just want to clear out some items to create more space, consider selling them on consignment. It’s a convenient way to sell your stuff without leaving your home. A professional consignment company will pick up your items or provide you a pre-paid label to ship your items to them. Then you just wait for the payments to come in as your items sell.
At the end of 2017, eBay reported they have 170 million active users and over 250 million daily searches. That’s good news for sellers as their items are likely to be purchased by one of those domestic or international users. And it’s fun to watch a live auction get bid up to an amount you never expected.
Hot items For 2018
- Fine art and jewelry
- High-end designer handbags and accessories
- First edition vintage and antique books
- Asian antiques – Chinese art, statues and vases
- Vintage train sets, hand tools, cameras and antique toys
- Vintage and antique dolls – Barbie, Madam Alexander, German dolls
- Vintage costume jewelry – crafters repurpose them into modern pieces
- Vintage signs made of wood, porcelain, tin and neon
- Military items from WWI, WWII and the Civil War
- Steampunk Gadgets – things with gears, clocks, watches dials, goggles
What Do You Have Laying Around?
Those Lladro figurines or Waterford crystal glasses you never use could bring you hundreds to thousands of dollars. If you happen to have a multi-volume set of Nancy Drew books laying around, one sold recently for $700 on eBay.
Do you know that vintage guitar you never learned how to play or Grandma’s china you never use? Time to go! An 83 piece set of Wedgwood English fine china recently sold for $2500.
Anything nostalgia sells, plain and simple. People lust for the ‘40s, go crazy over the ‘50s and they idealize the ‘60s.
Other Items that bring in good money include 14K jewelry, 10K high school rings and sterling silver pieces and flatware, especially by well-known makers.
Provenance and History
I love to learn the provenance behind the items we consign. For instance, we sold a WWI military uniform worn by a client’s family member and vintage postcards from his great-grandparents who traveled across the globe.
An entire pen collection sold from a client’s mother who wrote for the New Yorker Magazine and The Atlantic Magazine. She also served as an editor of the San Francisco Review. A hand-painted fountain pen from that collection was bid up to $4,330 on our eBay store.
Buyers enjoy any history or provenance about the items they buy.
The Consignment Process is Easy
- We pick up your items or you ship them to us with a pre-paid label that we email to you
- We photograph, research, create a listing and ship
- You receive monthly payments as your items sell
How To Get Started
Let us help you give your unwanted items a second life. Learn more about Kelly’s Collectibles eBay consignment process or call (406) 885-6728.
Visit our Ebay store, Kelly’s Collectibles and Online Art Gallery, for current listings.