Thursday, August 18, 2011

What to sell (Thursday): Big Stuff on Craigslist


Many of you have had great success with selling bigger, annoying to ship items on Craigslist, so I thought we would dedicate today's what to sell idea to that and maybe some of you pros can weigh in on the comments!

I know in thrifting and yard saleing you come across fabulous deals on some bigger toys and baby gear, but they are simply too big to ship or too space consuming to hold until a consignment sale.  Why not buy them and resell them on Craigslist?

Here are some great things to sell on Craigslist:

  • play kitchens
  • picnic tables
  • Step 2/Little Tikes big toys
  • playhouses
  • baby gear like swings, exersaucers, pack n plays, etc.
  • furniture
Before you decide to buy these items for reselling on Craigslist, however, arm yourself with knowledge!  Do your research!  Check out Craigslist and see what people are asking for these types of items.  Assume that you will ask/accept LESS than these prices (after all, if they are still listed on Craigslist, they haven't sold, right?).  Also, be willing to have them sitting around your yard or garage for a few days until you can get them sold.

Remember that not everything is a good seller on Craigslist.  People search the big stuff but often little things go unsold because people just aren't looking for them there.

For you experts out there, what have you had success selling on Craigslist?  What prices do you typically get for them?

28 comments:

  1. Baby equipment like swings and playpens go really well in my area (Seattle) Bumbo seats go in a matter of hours usually as well as baby carriers like Moby wraps and Ergo carriers and bike trailers. Whatever is new and hot in the baby world, older models just don't sell so beware of that :)

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  2. I've had great luck with baby gates on craigslist - always really cheap at yard sales. Bought 3 Kidco gateway gates for $3 and sold for $50. High end stuff goes fast too - got a Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair with cushions for $30 and sold it within five minutes of listing it for $175! Craigslist is much slower in the summer (at least in DC area). If I had more storage space I would hold onto to stuff until the winter - selling prices are about 20% higher then.

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  3. I have had some success on Craigslist by listing individual items. I made the mistake of trying to make a big listing, but it didn't get any attention. So I listed a play kitchen for $40 and ended going down to $25 for it (It was a bit big, and I wanted to get it out of the house. It was still a $20 profit). I also sold a baby floor gym ($9 profit) and a Vtech Globe ($14 profit). It is so nice not to pay fees. We just arrange our errands around meeting people.

    Great post!

    Ashley
    The Thrifty Wife

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  4. I always sell my big items on Craigslist and do very well. I typically set the price at about $5 - $10 more than my happy price and usually get it! I do always meet buyers at my nearby Starbucks - feels safer and if on the off chance they don't show at least I got a latte out of it!

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  5. I sold a FP Laugh and learn play house for $60 and a Kids Choice? play yard for $65 I have had my sons FP high chair on there for almost a month now without anyone asking about it

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  6. Hey Jen - They reached out to me too, I am interested. I have your e-mail here someplace, I'll contact you ...Dude !

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  7. I've found that maternity clothes sell well. I sold most of my own pretty easily, and have started picking up more at yard sales when they are in good condition and I can get them for around 50 cents each.

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  8. I've sold clothes and larger kid stuff and furniture. Some goes super fast and others I have to relist a couple times. I almost always get what I want for the items. Now and then I just lower it to get it out of here. The hardest thing for me with CL is the times you get a no show or unprepared people. I had a lady buy a Little Tikes slide. She showed up in a TINY car. After way to long trying and helping her to get it to fit, it didn't!

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  9. I've sold so much junk on CL. I've sold stuff i could have easily done on Ebay, to bigger items too. From my experience its easier to sell in the winter. I think in the summer people are hitting up garage sales. I've also learned pick the price you want and price it a tad higher to test the waters. I've done that numerous times and have had it sold at that price. It only takes 1 buyer.

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  10. Any advice?...I picked up some new items on clearance ( a nice brand picnic table and a water table ) and have yet to sell them on craigslist! I have them priced pretty well, for new items. Should I just wait until next Spring?

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  11. I've sold baby carriers, dressers, bookshelves, you name it. Last Saturday, my husband (who is a CL disbeliever) challenged me to get $20 for a landscape rake he was done with. Imagine his surprise when the phone calls came and 20 minutes later the rake was gone and he had $20 in his pocket!

    I agree with meeting people somewhere - or have someone at the house with you. Be safe about it!

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  12. Chesnut family - you could probably sell them now, but you might make more if you wait until spring - decides on if you want to store them or not! Good luck!

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  13. Hope you guys are doing well, haven't seen posts in a few days!

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  14. Yeah, I was concerned too and prayed for you guys last night on the chance that things weren't okay. Hoping all is well with you guys this week!!

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  15. You ok? I miss seeing your posts.

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  16. I hope you are okay!! I've been worried about you! I keep mentioning to my husband she hasn't blogged in awhile, and that's just not like her! It's like I'm missing my best buddy!!:) Miss your posts! Will be praying for you!

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  17. Missing your post and praying for you and your family.

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  18. I was thinking the same thing.(as above) I hope all is well with you, and that something wonderful has been keeping you from posting. Hope to "see" you soon!

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  19. I've been missing your posts, too. Hoping everything's ok and just busy with school beginnings, etc. I do love seeing your great yard sale finds. :)

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  20. thinking of you and your family. hope you are all ok. thoughts and prayers your way.

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  21. I also keep checking in hoping to see a new post and know that everything is okay. Praying for you!!

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  22. Well I'm officially worried. Do any readers know her in "real life" to at least confirm that she is ok?

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  23. I keep checking back to see if Jenn is OK. I sure hope she is just busy. I miss her and love the link up party she hosted. Until she gets back I decided to host my own link up Garage sale linky party on my blog. It is under Cast Off's to Cash.

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  24. I miss these posts too! Hope all is well - she really got me inspired and I've been putting up auctions successfully for the last two months!

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  25. I miss her posts and have been worried too. Would love to just know she is okay. I appreciate all the info she has shared and how much she has helped and inspired me.

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  26. I agree with Janessa! I am worried about her and miss her posts. It just doesn't seem like her to up and leave us like this.

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  27. Has anyone tried emailing her? I just hope she is OK.

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  28. Info is out of this world, I would bang to see more from your writers.
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