As a result, I am constantly decluttering as each room gets overhauled.
I have written before about my decluttering experiences and over time I have become a bit of a pro; I can now get rid of almost anything without batting an eyelid or making a huge mess, which is always the risk when turning a room on its head. However, the issue of what to do with the stuff I get rid of is a bigger problem. Back in October we even held a vintage jumble sale to find a home for all our decluttering efforts. Since then I have done another big bout of decluttering, this time focused on the living room as we put my makeover plans into action always start with the decluttering!
Therefore, I am resorting to some good old fashioned eBay selling. I have already managed to sell my G-Plan sideboard sob!
I will also be selling my teal velvet loveseat, Lloyd Loom chair, large mirror from above my dining table, cushion covers and other bits. I am pretty experienced when it comes to both eBay buying and selling and have been doing it for years. I have sold loads of clothes on eBay, which is a total breeze compared to homewares that can be a tougher sell. I have already sold my sideboard and the yellow lamp will be listed this weekend.
Generally speaking I think there are two different types of homewares that do well on eBay. If what you have is more like jumble then it can be a bit of a hard slog. Why not give it to the local charity shop instead? You do need to remember that you do have to pay out to use eBay i. It was only when I really did my research and watched similar items selling for less that I lowered my expectations and finally sold it at half the price I thought it would go for.
Be realistic and search similar listings to figure out the going rates. Also, it just makes the process of tracking what you are selling and dispatching a sold item that much easier if you know exactly where it is.
The last thing you want is poor feedback as that really does have a negative impact on how willing people are to buy from you. Put cushion covers or blankets through the wash, dust furniture, give mirrors a polish. Take photos during the day in natural light, try to photograph what you are selling against a plain backdrop, take several pictures from different angles and just make sure they are not blurry!
Try to make the featured image stand out and catch the eye of any potential buyers. I use the eBay app as you can take photos on your phone and load them directly to the listing — so easy! Make sure you take a variety of shots.
You want to catch as many potential buyers as possible when they are searching for homewares by including relevant key words. When it comes to describing your piece make sure you add as much detail as possible including all dimensions. The more information you can give the easier it will be for a potential buyer to make up their mind — if they have to get in touch to ask questions this becomes off putting.
I always say that I can arrange a courier and that the cost of that depends on where the buyer lives. Shiply is a brilliant way to organise a courier.
It basically works on an auction-like basis and getting quotes is free. You give the details of what you are selling you can even put in the number of your eBay listing and then couriers bid for the job. Sad to be selling my armchair as it was the first big piece of furniture that I bought when I bought my first flat ten years ago.
Describe your products in a way that will make people want to buy them --people shop on eBay for pleasure, not for need. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.
I will definitely use Shiply to courier this to whoever buys it. Wish me luck for getting rid of my stuff!
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