Phil MeekinView Profile
My daughter is going through a growth spurt at the moment. It seems like she is turning into a teenager more and more and she is only 3 years old. She has decided some of her toys are for babies and says she is a big girl now.
When I think how much we spent on everything, it makes you realise she didn’t need half of the toys we bought her.
When I was sorting through her old clothes and toys, we soon realised a lot of the items were still new. They still had their tags on or looked like new. I am all for giving to charity but I thought I would give eBay a try. I wanted to see if we could get anything in return for the items. Anything I didn’t sell I would give to charity.
I have put 50 items on my eBay account in the past 2 months and I’ve made well over £200. This is after fees and postage has been paid. These items were not expensive items and some people have bid more than what I actually paid for them.
I’ve definitely got the bug for selling things now and have been given the name ‘Dell Boy’ by my husband. He has to make sure he hides his favourite things so I don’t sell them.
I was discussing my new hobby with my work colleague, who was telling me she had sent a lot of her items to her local charity shop, some were brand new. I said let me try and sell these items for you. Any profit you make you can choose what you would like to do with the money.
Anyway, the next day my colleague turned up with a charity bag full of football shirts, belts, shoes, summer tops etc. I took approximately 10 items and I set out to sell these on her behalf. I gave her a daily update on how many bids and watchers there was.
When the auction was coming to an end, I was sitting at home. Each time a lot ended, I text her the final price. In the end, 8 of the items sold. So after taking postage and fees out, she ended up with approximately £50 in profit. I just wanted to prove a point.
Times are hard for some at the moment, I don’t want to take away from charity shops and the good work they do but charity starts at home.
I have now been set another task for selling items for my mum and any money made is going towards the spending money for her holiday.
People are always moaning about how much things cost for a new baby / new home etc. but if you think what you have got and no longer need, any little bit of money made from selling your old things all goes towards this.
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