One of the best ways to get ahead financially is to make more money. Whether you do that by offering your full-time employment skills as a freelancer, offering dog walking or babysitting services, or upgrading your skills so that you can demand more money at your full-time job, the possibilities are endless. One of the easiest ways to make money that requires very little time on your part is to sell anything you aren’t using. This could be household items that don’t get use, that surf board you bought once and only used once, or (in my case) a wedding dress that you’re pretty sure you’re never going to use again.
I haven’t done much classified ad selling lately because we live in a very sparsely populated area and we just don’t have the population draw to make selling things economical for buyers. Usually buyers have to travel quite far out of their way to come to see the item, which makes it less appealing if it’s a $30 TV stand. That said, I have a few higher value items that I’m listing for sale, and I’m hoping to make some extra cash off them:
My Wedding Dress
I love my wedding dress. It’s the best wedding dress I’ve ever seen and it makes me feel oh-so-amazing. Just looking at it makes me happy as I remember one of the most fun days of my life. I definitely have an emotional attachment to this dress, but on the other hand, it’s just sitting in my spare bedroom, taking up space. I’m never, ever going to wear it again, and it still has a lot of economic value.
So it’s going up for sale on Kijiji. I had it professionally dry-cleaned and I’m hoping I can recoup up to 80% of its cost. We’ll see though, right now isn’t really wedding season and I’m still in a rural area. If it doesn’t sell by the time I’m ready to move, I’ll take it with me to Halifax and try to sell it there. I might even look into consignment shops.
I know what you’re thinking – didn’t I just buy my bike? The answer is yes. I bought my bicycle in May, and had a great summer with it. I rode it a ton and I’m so happy that I took the plunge to get back into biking. That said, having this bicycle made me realize that it doesn’t quite meet my needs. It was a great starter bike, but I need something a little lighter, with thinner tires and more speeds. This bike is a cruiser and I need more of a city bike. So I’m listing it for sale, and again, hoping to recoup 80% of my costs, which I’ll put towards a bike that suits my needs a little more. Again, it’s not really the season for selling bikes, so if it doesn’t sell I’ll take it to Halifax with me, where hopefully it’ll get more bites. In the mean time I’ll continue to use it.
Between these two items I’m hoping to bring in around $1,000, which is nothing to sneeze at! I’m also going to try and sell photos that I took during my photography class at a local market. They say the best thing you can give away is experience, right? I figure I can sell my prints for $20 a piece, which is still much lower than competing professional photographers sell theirs for. That should net me a few hundred dollars, which I’ll add to the pot.
Some of that money will be used to replace my current bike, but the rest of it will be profit. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the money yet – that would be counting my chickens before they hatch – but I’m hoping I’ll be able to use the money to reach some savings goals I have in mind for 2015.
Have you sold anything you don’t use lately? I want to know!