Offline Places to Sell Your Stuff
Selling your stuff offline isn’t as hard as you may think. After all, people have been selling stuff offline much longer than they’ve sold stuff online. Let’s look at a few of the places you can sell things offline.
- Consignment Stores – There are various types of consignment stores in most local areas. Some will specialize in furniture, some will allow all types of things, and others focus on clothing. So, look at what you need to sell and then locate the right type of store for your merchandise.
- Plato’s Closet – If you have a lot of clothing to sell, especially for the teenage and college crowd, this is a great place to go. There are other stores like it popping up under different names, so check what is available in your area.
- Pawnshops – If you have jewelry, musical instruments, televisions, electronics and so forth, you can take them to a pawn shop and sell them directly to them. Then you’ve got your money up front with no need to place ads and find a buyer.
- College Bulletin Boards – You can make a flyer for your stuff and put it on the college bulletin board. This is great for clothing, backpacks, storage containers and other things that you know college students would need.
- Yard Sales – If you have a lot of different types of things to sell, you can always have a yard sale. If you don’t have your own yard, ask a friend who owns a house if you can have a joint yard sale with them.
- Sell Directly to Shops Locally – Depending on what you’re selling, you may be able to go into gift shops and talk to the owner and sell your stuff. This works great for certain collectibles, and even new items that you have made yourself.
- Craft Shows – If you’re selling crafty items or vintage items, craft shows may be something that works for you to make sales. Even if you’re selling old crafts that someone else made and that you just want to get rid of, a craft show is a great place to do it (provided they’re in good condition).
- Flea Markets – You can rent a table at a flea market relatively inexpensively. You can literally sell anything you have at a flea market – whether it’s older stuff, wholesale merchandise, or stuff you made. It doesn’t matter.
- Community Fundraisers – If you have a business selling anything, you can offer any association a percentage of sales if they help you sell your stuff.
- Farmers’ Markets – These markets don’t only sell fruit and veg. Often people buy a table to sell other things too. You’ll need to talk to the leaders of your area farmers’ markets to find out what they allow.
- Workshops – It depends on what you’re selling, but workshops are great if you’re selling anything professionally, from how-to courses to direct sales merchandise.
Using these methods to sell your stuff requires that you consider what you’re selling, who might buy it, and how long you need to wait to get your money.
Ten Online Places to Sell Your Stuff
There are much more than ten places where you can sell your stuff online, but the ones here are some of the most popular. If you’re trying to sell locally, some of these will be better than others based on your location. If you want to sell nationally, then eBay and Amazon work best.
- eBay.com – A great way to sell things that aren’t too heavy is to sell them on eBay (although you can literally buy anything on eBay these days). You take good images of your item, give it a great description, then list it. They have a good audience already, so it doesn’t take much marketing for some items.
- OfferUp.com – This is a great way to sell your stuff locally. You can list any of your items with a good image, the price, and a good description. Ensure that you have a good pick-up procedure so that you don’t put yourself in danger. This works via your smartphone.
- Craigslist.com – This is probably one of the oldest online classifieds that you can use to sell anything from cars to services. Put up a good image, give them a good way to contact you, and stay safe. This site has very fast response rates too. People often list their items and they’re sold within the day.
- Amazon – Believe it or not, you can join Amazon’s seller program and sell your used stuff for them. It works for books and anything they already sell – whether it’s used or not. You simply need to list it properly. What is great about this is that your items will be paid for before you ship them. Amazon gives you an amount for shipping too based on your items’ weight.
- Facebook – All sorts of groups have popped up on Facebook that enable you to sell your items to others locally as well as internationally. People can even pay you via Facebook, or they can pay via PayPal. Alternatively, if you’re selling locally you can take cash at pickup.
- Bonanza.com – Selling on Bonanza is fun and exciting. If you already sell on some other platforms, they have a way to import your items to their system. You can sell some items used, and some items new.
- Poshmark.com – Do you have name brand and designer clothing and accessories to sell? This is the place. If you have fashion just sitting in your closet, don’t overlook Poshmark.
- Sell.com – You can set up your own store here so that you can sell all sorts of things. You can sell new and used items on this site.
- Oodle.com – This is kind of like Craigslist as it’s for selling your items locally in your area. This is a great way to get your items sold fast, depending on whether there is widespread use in your area.
- Bookoo.com – Like Oodle and the others, this is for selling locally. If it’s active in your area, you should be able to sell your stuff fast.
Selling your stuff online is exciting and simple. You just need to take a good picture (or two) and work out good descriptions of your goods. Be safe and meet people in neutral territory. If you have large items you’re selling from your home, ensure that you have someone with you when the pickup is supposed to happen.
Ask for their Facebook page so you can look at who they are and who their friends are. You don’t want to have to worry about a criminal showing up. Also, only take cash, not checks, or have them pay you via PayPal or Stripe.com at pickup.