Do you ever watch an entire episode of Fixer Upper and then dream for hours about how you could redecorate your home? And then cry all night over a pint of Ben and Jerry’s trying to figure out how you can wake up with a million dollars? Unfortunately stuff costs money, and redecorating can really break the bank. You want my secret? Sell your stuff.
So I bought these lamps a few months ago because I was rushing to get some lamps when we first moved in. I have the patience of a toddler, and rushed to fill the apartment before really taking the time and picking something I wanted.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re cute, but they’re kinda traditional. I wanted something a little more industrial, and so I decided if I wanted new lamps, I had to sell these first. You know, so my husband wouldn’t kill me, because I do this A LOT.
And so I did, for the EXACT same price as I bought them. I also ended up selling some frames that were in the picture and so I ended up with some extra change at the end of the day. (Oh, Snap!) I went online, purchased my new lamps, and the package came and I opened it before I had my morning coffee like it was the first day of christmas.
I started assembling those suckers, I couldn’t wait!
And TA DA! My new lamps from Ikea baby! You can get these here, but sorry guys looks like the price went up $7 since I purchased them last.
Ok so how did I sell these? Like Magic! JK.
There was a time when I put everything on craigslist. However, a few years ago, I found an App called Offerup, and it has literally changed my life. My first sale was for $600, and ever since then I have been hooked. Here’s how it works:
1. Download the App.
It’s called OfferUp. What I love about this app, is you don’t have to share personal information, and you communicate solely through the app. What’s even cooler, is you can see how people are rated (it’s a star system), how many purchases and sales they’ve done, and what they’re selling (if they have anything posted).
2. Upload your pictures.
Because it’s an app on your phone, it’s SO EASY to upload the pictures. Be sure not to take crappy photos though. You need to take a few with good lighting like below.
Then take a few of what they would look like in a home..
Be sure to zoom in on certain parts of whatever you’re selling. For example, this is a zoomed in picture of the shade.
And then one of the base, so they can really see the lamp.
3. Type up a description.
I put as much info on there as possible. I ALWAYS provide dimensions, the current condition, and how long I’ve had it. I also like to add if whatever I’m posting has multiple uses too.
For this app, picture yourself at a flea market. No one is ever going to pay full price. Therefore, yes, always post it for more than you want to sell it for. ALWAYS.
5. Click finish and it’s posted within minutes!
What’s also cool about this app, is you can see how many views your post is getting. You get notifications when you have an offer, and you communicate directly through the app. It’s also cool because you can see if the message has been read or not, it looks just like a text message.
Lastly, I did not get paid to talk about OfferUp, and if you know of any better Apps for selling stuff, let me know! However, I really do love this app. I hope you check it out, and end up buying something new and thinking of me.