Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you about some get-rich quick scheme or how I’m selling those skinny wraps, cosmetics, etc. Remember the post 5 Tips to Help You Clean Out Your Closet? Well, I did exactly that; I cleaned out my closet.
In the end of my closet cleanse, I ended up with 193 shirts, 11 dresses, 6 skirts, 33 pants, 16 pairs of boots and shoes, 3 jackets and a pair of snowboarding pants that I no longer wear for one reason or another. I separated my items into 3 categories: sell, donate and trash. Most of the clothes were like new. Some still with tags. Some only worn once or twice. Those were the items I decided to sell.
Since it’s the middle of winter, having a garage sale was out of the question for now. I decided to put my items up for sale on the local Facebook sale pages to try to get rid of as much stuff as possible. Within 3 days I sold approximately 75 items and made $500.
I chose to post them on Facebook than on Craiglist, eBay or holding off to have a garage sale because I noticed items tend to sell a little higher. I actually sold most of my stuff fairly cheap. Most items under $10 and honestly, the majority for $5 or less. I could have priced higher, but I just wanted to get rid of the stuff.
Tips for selling on Facebook
- Create an album – this will allow you to keep all your items in one location. An album is a lot easier to keep track of everything than trying to scroll through the Facebook Feed to find your items.
- List multiple items at once – now that you created that album, add multiple items to it. If people like what they see, they are more inclined to buy more than one item, which is a win for you!
- Take good photos – this just cannot be stressed enough can it? I hung all my items on a white door and took a picture of them. The door created a nice, clean background so the clothing was prominent because it wasn’t competing with any background clutter.
- Organize album – rearrange your photos and either group like items together or create outfit ideas. I started out grouping my like items together. That way if someone is looking for something in particular they can find it easily. I honestly, just thought of the outfit idea which I am now going to try. Facebook albums are 4 photos across so this is great for creating outfits: a top, bottom, shoes and an accessory…or if you don’t have accessories to sell than think of items you can layer.
- Be strategic – Think about what people are buying NOW. Here it’s the dead of winter so people are trying to find warm, winter clothes. Have you been to the stores lately? Bathing suits are already front and center. I started out posting sweaters first, then outer-wear, pants, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts and last tank tops and dresses.