But why on earth would someone decide to sell absolutely everything they owned? Jewellery, furniture, presents with sentimental value, cars, clothes, even a home – have they been possessed? Do they need a straitjacket? Why would someone want to do this?? Why did we choose to do this?
To travel the world … forever! That’s why!
But suddenly, all that changed ….
Nothing… well, apart from a small matter of having a house full of stuff. Who needs “stuff” when you have the whole world to explore?
But where you do you start when you have a house, loft, garage and shed FULL of “stuff”?
You start with one cupboard or one drawer at a time.
Open one up – any one, it doesn’t matter where in the house just do it and take a proper look at what is in there! When was the last time you used that kitchen gadget you bought five years ago as a special offer on a TV selling channel? Goodness, it was ages ago that you last had the time to play Guitar Hero on the Wii/X-Box/Playstation. So how long ago was it that you wore that special dress you bought to match those amazing shoes you couldn’t resist and haven’t worn since?
It’s as easy as that!
When you have a goal in mind, something that you want or a plan of action that is bigger than the three different types of iPods you have lying around for any occasion – that is when you can look at these items as CASH! Oh yes, all of a sudden, all of these goodies can be turned into your future, they can literally make your dreams come true! EBay advertises that every household has £4,000 worth of “stuff” lying around – and when you start looking and digging, you will surprise yourself at how accurate this estimate is.
So, make that move today, open that cupboard and assess what you want, what you need and what you actually can do without out!
This is how we sold everything!
Pawnbrokers I had a bunch of jewellery that I just didn’t wear gathering dust in our safe and as the price for gold wasn’t too bad, I sold it all! No point in wearing a ruby bracelet on a beach in Borneo. My preferred shop was Bowdens as the gentleman was always very helpful and honest.
eBay The majority of our stuff we sold via eBay so week after week, month after month we would continue to list items and trek to the Post Office every Monday to send our parcels. We would time things according to seasons, for example summer was great for fancy dress outfits worn on hen/stag parties and Christmas time was perfect for gadgets.
Tip: Look at ads from other sellers who have same/similar products and are getting credible bids, then replicate that ad and make it your own!
Gumtree With no insertion or selling fees, Gumtree can be a great selling resource. Sy had a lot of vintage toys like Transformers, Lego Technic and Commodore 64 that had been stored in his parent’s loft and hadn’t been used for 15 years and weren't likely to again so we listed it as a job-lot, specialist item. We also found this website good for larger items that were too heavy/expensive to post like a gazebo, wooden display cabinets and roof racks. If you need tips, have a read of this article.
Facebook Groups We signed up for around six different groups selling items in our local area and found this was a good way of selling cheaper items. If you need tips, this article may help.
Car boot sales To sell a lot of items in one hit, we did a series of six car boot sales. We started off haggling but towards the end, we just accepted any offers that could be considered too cheap, but we were surprised at how much money we actually made this way!
Estate Agents Now came the big one – selling our house! We used an online agent called Visum and even though we only had two viewings from this, you only need one person to make a good offer and your house is sold … and that is happened to us! Our agent fee for selling was only £109 including VAT!
Donations What we were unable to sell at car boot sales went to various charity shops but the main one was Help for Heroes. Household items like cups, plates were donated to a soup kitchen, old shoes and tatty clothes went to clothing banks, bedding, duvets and old towels were taken to our nearest animal hospital – we know they will be used for good there!
Now this may seem a little crazy, but sometimes you just need reassurance that you are doing the right thing! I joined a private Facebook Group called Sell all Your Stuff which is full of people worldwide who have done exactly that… sold everything! I used this group from time to time to share my thoughts and everyone was really encouraging and supportive. Shelly and Al McCullough who run the group also have a website with ebooks etc so check it out.
So, what are you waiting for … make that first step today!
Have you sold everything you own are you thinking about it? Do you have any tips or do you think we are just crazy? Share your thoughts with us!
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