Frugal Friday: Facebook Buy & Sell

This Frugal Friday post is a little different, it’s more about how we make ourselves a little bit of money. I’ve mentioned these buy & sell groups on Facebook before – particularly when looking to save money buying locally made kids clothes. However, they are also a great resource  to use when you’ve cleaned out your house and have a lot of stuff to get rid of.

One night I had a friend over and she was appalled at how much clothing I had that was out of date. I said I knew I needed to clean it out and take it to the thrift store or donation bin. She then informed me of being able to sell every day items (including clothes) on these sites. It was perfect. Now, be warned that you’re not going to get what you paid for it, or likely even close but if you think about it, getting something is better than getting nothing, which is what you would have gotten if you just donated it. Don’t get me wrong, we still donate a lot of stuff because some things simply don’t sell but we usually try to sell all items on the bidding sites first.

Let me give you an example, I just recently cleaned out my summer clothes when I was packing them away. I had probably close to 20 different items; a mix of tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, dresses etc. I simply laid them out on our floor, took a photo of them and posted them in a Lower Mainland bidding site. I set a price that was the minimum I was willing to sell the lot for ($5 I think) and people can bid in increments of .50 for the next 24 hours. I think the winning bid was only $7 but it was a win-win for me – my clothes were gone and I made a little bit of cash.

Kyle and I have cleaned out our house using these sites and it’s awesome. We’ve also done a lot of buying through these sites because often you can find great deals. We bought our dinning room table and chairs for $50!

These sites seem to have their own lingo so if you’re unsure what someone meant by something just ask – someone can usually help you out. My only warning is to make sure you read the rules that are specific to the group you are posting in and to follow them carefully. Other than that – happy buying & selling!

Never stop adventuring!

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