Turn Your Clutter Into Cash
1) Facebook Marketplace: Everyone and their mother (literally!) has a Facebook account these days. Facebook has a handy app extension called Marketplace where you can search locally for anything from custom farmhouse style entryway tables to rare Lego sets to new outfits for your kids. Merely enable Location Services (usually already active if you have Facebook on your cell phone) or type in your zip code and start searching! It’s important to set expectations on what you can get for each item you’d like to sell, so we recommend checking out similar items before creating your post. When you’re ready and have a price in mind, you’ll write a quick description, name your price, and upload photos of each item (preferably with multiple photo angles).
Interested local buyers will send you a message via Facebook Messenger, and from there you can set your time and place to meet! To get more eyes on your listings, you can also join Facebook Selling Groups- to join a group. Just type in your city and keywords such as “online garage sale” “sell/buy/trade” or “resale/barter” at the top of the Facebook search bar to find local groups full of buyers that may be looking for the exact item you’re selling! For example, “New York Buy/Sell/Trade group” or “Los Angeles Online Garage Sale.” Feel free to join multiple groups and cross-post your items, once you’ve read the group rules!
2) OfferUp: This is a mobile app that you can download from your phone’s app store. Once installed, you’ll be asked to create a log-in or make an easy account by logging in via Facebook. From there, you’ll upload photos of your item, write a quick title and description, name your price, and voila! Your posting is active. Buyers will message you through the app. If you have an iPhone/iOS, a fun little cash register noise will ring every time you receive a message! Cha-ching!
3) Craigslist: Our old, tried & true friend Craig. Craigslist tends to appeal to an older demographic- not everyone is tech-savvy enough to download all these “complicated” apps! In its standard Times New Roman font, you’ll be led to post in your particular area of San Diego, upload photos, and descriptions, and make your post. You can opt to receive responses from buyers via email or phone. Emails can be relayed using an encrypted address so your personal email address won’t be shared with any of the buyers that inquire about your item.
4) NextDoor: Another mobile app but this one is AMAZING to have in your app arsenal! By simply creating an account and listing your address (don’t worry it’s confidential), you can get in touch with any of your neighbors that also have the app. Gone are the days of hopping across the street to borrow a cup of sugar from your neighbor, or asking the family down the street for the name of the guy that put in their new roof. Now we have NextDoor! Once your address is verified, you’re on your way to making new friends and connections in your neighborhood!
Melisa Celikel, owner of Let’s Get You Organized, has been helping San Diego residents get organized since 2012. She was born and raised in San Diego, graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and worked in corporate Human Resources for just under ten years, prior to launching into full-time entrepreneurship. She is sometimes referred to as the “Energizer Bunny” as she whips through clutter at lightning speed, sorting like with like and implementing a “Keep, Toss, Donate” system to get through the mess! Let's Get You Organized operates on the three core values of Respect, Collaboration, and Active Listening to help scattered shopaholics develop positive habits, take action, and make realistic choices in implementing their home organization systems.