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Things to sell before Sweden

March 30, 2016

Tonight Jeremy and I sat down for our fortnightly planning session for moving overseas. Well, we didn’t really sit down this time, because our task for today was to walk around the house and find things that we want to sell before we go. I really didn’t expect the list to turn out to be as long as it is. And we haven’t really written everything down either, just the small stuff that we can start selling off in advance. In total there are about 75 items on that list.

So now that we know what to sell, we just have to start listing it for sale too. Now that will take some serious time. We have to take photos of everything, decide on prices for everything and write up good descriptions to make sure they sell. I wish we could just have a garage sale to be honest! But we don’t have a garage, haha. I guess you could just chuck some tables up in the drive way and put the stuff there. Can you do that? I’ve never hosted a garage sale and I’ve never been to one either to be honest.

Here’s a snippet of the list:

Items we're selling

If we manage to sell the items for the price we want, then we should be able to make a fair bit of money off them. But from experience, things always sell for less than you want them to.

It’s likely we’ll list the stuff on Trade Me, but I was thinking about doing something that an old work mate did before he moved to The UK. He listed everything in a Google doc (I think), then sent it around the office to let everyone know what he was selling. People could then buy stuff off him directly. I think it went pretty well, and I bet it saved him a lot of time listing the stuff to sell elsewhere. Not sure if the items we have for sale would be very sought after though.

We’ve already got a pile of stuff in the lounge just lying around. Some of it’s listed on Trade Me, some of it isn’t. We really need to start getting rid of it, because it makes the place look so messy!

Messy lounge

It feels good that we now at least have a list of things to sell, so that we can move on to the next step of listing them. We’ve decided we’re going to do this a couple of times during the year, because we’re certain we’ve missed heaps of stuff.

If you’ve got any tips around selling stuff that’s lying around the house, let me know!

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5 Comments

  • pursuitofanewadventure

    That’s my problem sophie! You never get a good price and it all goes to waste. Noone wants it for money and everyone wants things for free. I can’t have a garage sale here. Sigh.

    March 31, 2016 at 2:28 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Yeah it’s quite frustrating! But at the same time, I’m probably the same. I wouldn’t say no to free stuff, haha!

      March 31, 2016 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Pat and James

    You can have a yard sale like u said, set up things on tables in the driveway. Also you can still call it a garage sale lol. If u advertise it well you should be able to get the right crowd in and get a good price because of ur suburb

    March 31, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Might actually consider it! 🙂 Probably an easier way to get rid of the smaller stuff and then we can list the rest on Trade Me.

      March 31, 2016 at 11:07 am Reply

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