Last week I shared how I made $50 selling a set of chairs on Craigslist. If you're not comfortable with Craigslist, there is another option that you might prefer: sell to your social groups. Think about the groups that you're involved in–Moms Club, church group, preschool, etc.–and consider offering your items for sale. You avoid dealing with strangers, and you can even meet up at a familiar location if you don't want people coming to your home.
I've used this process many times to successfully sell baby gear and other furniture:
- Check with your group leader or email moderator to see if you're allowed to list items for sale through your email group.
- Make sure your furniture/baby gear/etc. is very clean and in working order. Take clear photos.
- Write a detailed description, including measurements, and answer any anticipated questions. Include your asking price and if dealing with people you know, your phone number.
- Send an email out to your group with your item for sale; alternately, post a flier at your church or other meeting location. Be ready to respond to buyers, and once your item sells, post to the group that it has sold.
Selling through your social groups takes the stranger-danger factor of Craigslist out of the equation, plus you're more likely to complete a sale since it is harder for buyers to “flake” on someone they know. I also like knowing that baby/kid items I sell