Here in our house, we live in a second-hand economy which is great when it comes to Earth Week and spring cleaning. Think of all those unused items you still have around your house. Last year the second-hand economy contributed up to $36 billion to the Canadian economy, including the purchase of imported goods. That is a great deal of spending happening to rehome an item as I call it. Canadians granted a second life to 1.9 billion things in 2015. There are so many great reasons to be part of the second-hand economy.
Save Money, Make Money
Last year Canadians saved around $480 by buying second hand. They also earned about $883 by selling what they had laying around the house. You can count me in those numbers.
Helping the Environment
You know that item in the house that no longer has a use might just be perfect for the guy down the street. When you purchase something second hand, you give the item new life. Everything deserves a second chance, right?
Keep Money in Your Neighbourhood
When you purchase second hand, you are often supporting local businesses, members of your community who will turn around and spend in your community. It keeps the money right where it belongs in your community.
Now that I have you sold on the idea of selling your stuff or perhaps buying some things and giving it a second chance let me share with you how I get things ready to sell.
First of all one of my favourite places to sell items these days is on Kijiji who I have partnered with for this post. I over the last year have sold shoes, a bookcase, two cribs, daycare center toys, a bike and a camera all on Kijiji. I earned $500.00. I have also bought a VCR, a small end table, a camera, and video games. Have you ever bought or sold anything on the site? There are some tips that can help you out.
Remember, when you sell on Kijiji, you can find local people looking to buy what you are selling. If you are looking to buy well, I have found just about everything on the site.
How do you get your items ready?
Well, first things first. Sell a clean item. Clean up the item the best you can. You can even make your cleaning solutions.
You will also want to take good photos.
Images are everything. Take photos of the actual item in natural light if you can. Don’t ever use stock photos. People want to see the real thing. You may also consider using things like a light box with a backdrop, or you can even use your cell phone with a tripod and an attached lens.
Use a clear and accurate description.
Use important facts in the title like brand and model to get people to read the ad. You will also want to give a good detailed description where you talk about the state of the item ( be as honest as you can here.) Also, talk about the terms of sale, i.e., pickup only, cash only, etc.
Buyers go on to the next item quickly so be timely with your response.
Most of the items I have sold on the site have sold and been out of the house within 48 hours giving me room to think about what I want to do next. Now, with all the selling I have been doing on the site and since spring is here I want to give a second life to a few key pieces I am looking for. I am wanting to redo my bedroom over the next month and am looking for a headboard, footboard and a chest of drawers for my bedroom. Follow my journey on my social channels over the next month to see what I find. I will also do a reveal post come mid-May.
I would encourage you to be part of this second-hand economy this Earth month with Kijiji and give something second life or earn while you shed those things you are not using.