If you thought you had hundreds of pounds stashed in your children’s wardrobes, you would pay it straight in to the bank in a hurry right?
You more than likely have! Ever thought to yourself that you’re going to have a sort out but the task seems oh so daunting when you open the doors and drawers to find a complete pickle of assorted clothes & toys?
We can help with some simple steps to help you make more space, money (and find those bargain treasures you’ve been looking for)…without having to leave the house, simples!
Start by putting in to piles to break down what you have – for example boys 0-3 months and so on; perhaps you might consider selling as a bundle…
Put aside more expensive items such as snowsuits, coats, designer labels or shoes; you may want to charge a bit more for these.
Put aside anything you feel needs a wash or may be stained – we can help with this a bit later on….
Taking some nice photos will really help maximise your sale, try for a neutral background with good lighting so that your items are really enhanced.
Think about the positive features, what are the selling points that can help you describe it?
- Never been worn/with tags
- Designer brand
How much to charge?
Think about what you would pay, take a look at similar listings to get an idea of what these items sell for and as a general rule of thumb remember that no more than a third of the original price is about on the right lines.
Don’t forget that you don’t have to charge cash if there is something in particular that you are on the hunt for; you can name items that you are willing to swap for!
You may want to refer to Post Office charges also; you don’t want to end up out of pocket for posting your items. Of course there is the option of collection by the buyer too or you may opt to use a courier service. However you decide to send your packages, remember to incorporate that cost in your listing.
We recommend to use PayPal for any transactions for peace of mind (although there is a small fee attached) and wait to post until you have received cleared funds.
Let everyone know
The more members that we get, the higher the chances of you selling all of your items as well as finding that perfect bargain you’ve been searching for. Recommend a friend, everyone’s a winner!
But what about soiled or damaged goods?
Please ensure that all of the items listed are clean and faultless. Of course this is down to common sense but some minor faults you can still sell at a reduced cost as long as you are honest about them for example if an item of clothing has a snag or a button missing – the buyer can make an informed choice whether to have it anyway (you can always sew a button back on!)
It’s always a great shame when you struggle to remove a stain from an otherwise perfect garment (and typically, it’s always the favourite!)
Here’s some tips for stain removal using every day products you already have in the home:
Nowadays there are many safer alternatives to the traditional chemical cleaners. Not only do these protect your children’s health, they are better for the environment too. Look out for products which are:
- Made from natural ingredients
- Formulated without dye or chemical preservatives
- Made without the use of chemical solvents, chlorine, ammonia, phosphates, alkalis, nitrates, borates acidsor volatile organic compounds
Aside from buying “green” cleaners, you can make many safe and effective household cleaners simply by raiding your own pantry. These include baking soda, white wine vinegar, salt, lemon juice and washing soda. Vinegar, for example, is a mild organic acid which can kill 99 percent of bacteria. Sprayed neat around the house, it makes a fantastic all-purpose cleaner and deodoriser. Similarly, baking soda is great at absorbing odours and makes a fantastic non-abrasive cleaner which works on even the toughest stains.
Although they are sometimes criticised for not being as effective as commercial chemical cleaners, these pantry items can actually be just as effective if used correctly and at the right times. Best of all, they pose no danger to your children when used around the home.
There are some fabulous services available too for larger items such as pushchairs. Buggy Pitstop specialises in valeting, servicing and repairing higher-end pushchairs (for example Bugaboo) making your pushchair as good as new; which all helps maximise your selling potential. They can collect and deliver UK Nationwide and will also consider buying it from you.
Always communicate with your buyers; letting them know when to expect their parcels and so on. This helps give members some reassurance and helps you to build a glowing reputation as a seller From 1st May 2013, members will be able to search via user name and find their favourite sellers.