I, like most Americans, have entirely too much stuff. Luckily I live at a time when it's never been easier to divest myself of my excess stuff and make some money in the process. Mr. Money Mustache got me thinking about Craigslist; a few years ago I bought and sold some items on eBay; and I unloaded a ton of extra books on Amazon during my high school / early college years.
Here is a load of stuff I'm looking to get rid of, and enhance my 'stash in the process:
Those boxes on the right are all Beanie Babies. Both my dad and my girlfriend's dad were collectors back in their hayday, which introduced me to the concepts of market bubbles and rampant consumerism at an early age. There are stacks of books I'm no longer interested in, including some from grad school that I hope are still worth something. A coaxial cable still in its packaging; a stock video card that came with my Dell; an iPad case; a Dell keyboard; and a laptop lap pillow surface thing. This isn't everything I want to get rid of but it's a start.
Most everything I know I can sell on some combination of eBay, Amazon, or Craigslist. The Beanie Babies, though, are going to be trouble. From my cursory research on eBay, there's virtually no market for them anymore. This doesn't surprise me. My strategy is to go through these boxes and look for relatively more sought-after Beanies, unload those on eBay, and then donate the rest at either Toys for Tots or Goodwill or whatever charity can make use of them. (I don't want to just dump them on a charity who can't use them; that's how I came to possess them in the first place.) If anyone has a better idea I'm all ears.
With the holidays fast approaching I don't know when I'll make time to list some of these piles. I need to man up and make it happen. I know that it's not hard or time consuming, but for someone who hasn't done a great deal of online sales, it seems daunting when it's nagging in the back of my mind.
Here's hoping my new-found readers will keep me honest.