I have this whole thing with the summer holidays where I always want to make it as magical and wonderful as possible. In my head that’s how it goes despite the reality often leaving a lot to be desired. This year is no different and I’ve already started all of the planning. You can read all about my summer bucket list if you want to know what we have planned and how I’m to entertain a two-year-old and a twelve year old simultaneously!
The thing about all of the plans I have is that they cost money. Even when I plan ahead, pack a picnic and remember all of things that you need for a day trip…well there’s still often entrance fees, ice creams (would it even be a day trip without one?!) and transport costs. Not to mention clubs, activities and the like. So yeah, it’s a tricky time of year financially if I’m not careful. I’m sure you know the feeling.
Now, you know how I love a good decluttering session so when Gumtree challenged me to declutter our home, sell our once loved goods on Gumtree and make some extra moolah for the summer holidays, I literally jumped at the chance. Because guys? This is what I do all year round.
In fact, I’m just going to put it out there and self-proclaim that I am in fact something of a Gumtree wizard. I’ve been buying and selling (mostly selling) on Gumtree for years now.
Ok, so just for a second, I’m going to pretend you don’t know what Gumtree is (are you living under a rock???) and I will introduce you to your new best friend for your bank balance.
Gumtree is the UK’s number one classifieds website and app, used by 1 in 3 adults every month. With over 1.5 million ads live on the site at any time, it’s the perfect place to buy or sell second-hand goods and cars.
Now you are up to speed, let me walk you through how I made over £300 in just one week from Gumtree.
Step One – declutter
“It always feels impossible until it’s done”.
I am very adept at decluttering nowadays but believe me, I remember how it felt faced with my previous hoarding ways and a few bin bags. I have a whole post on how to declutter if you need it but the trick here is start with one room or one area and dedicate a set period of time to going through everything.
Obviously, I want you to throw out all of the things that are no good to anyone but when it comes to selling your items on Gumtree, look for specific items that you no longer need but other people definitely do.
Here’s a list of what I personally sold and the price paid to give you an idea of how eclectic it can get and how you can easily make money from decluttering once loved things you already have and no longer need or use:
• Mamas and Papas Armadillo City Stroller – £60
• Cement Mixer (I kid you not!) – £100
• Michael Kors purse – £40
• A VTech Baby Walker – £15
• A Little Tykes Car – £20
• Dyson Hoover – £50
• Harry Potter Book collection – £15
• Newborn Baby Bath – £10
Step two – advertise items on Gumtree
There is definitely a technique to selling items and giving them the maximum appeal boost so here’s the exact method I use:
1. Take good quality pictures of your own items and never use the generic product images from the internet. Use good lighting (natural lighting is always best) and a clear, clean, uncluttered background as much as possible
2. Take lots of images from different angles so a buyer can really see what they are getting. You can make this whole process easier by using the Gumtree app and taking pictures through this. As long as you have a decent smartphone camera this can work really well and is so convenient!
3. Put the original price of the item in the title. A quick google should find how much the item will retail at and it gives the impression of being a fab bargain
4. List the item at a reasonable price. Look at what other similar items are being listed at as a reference guide.
5. Be as descriptive as possible when listing the item. Think of what you would search for if you were looking to buy that item yourself and then add those keywords into the description field. Be as specific as possible, including dimensions, colours, quality etc. Use this space to really sell your item – giving inspiration for how it could be used but always be truthful. Definitely say if the item has been barely used as this is always a popular selling point.
6. Be specific about the payment method you accept and the delivery options. For me, this means always adding in “Cash only. Collection only please” and “No Refunds Given”. This just helps with any ambiguity where someone thinks you will be delivering the item.
7. At the end you are asked for contact details and I find a phone number always encourages the item to sell better. It’s easier for someone to send you a quick text than emailing usually
8. When you’re ready to hand over your sale, to keep things as safe as possible it’s always best to agree to meet somewhere busy, like your local coffee shop. Or if you need to meet at a house, have a friend with you.
Step three – treat the family!
As I mentioned, I made £300 in one week just by having a good root around the house and there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t do the same too!
In fact, for National Clear Your Clutter Day (13th April) Gumtree conducted a study, which revealed Brits are increasingly overlooking valuable equity locked up in their homes, with £2,589 worth of items they no longer need per household, equating to a whopping £70.4 billion nationally.
If you have any specific questions about how to declutter, how to sell on Gumtree and how to make some cash for the summer then leave them in the comments box below and I will get back to you.
For more information visit the Gumtree website, download the app to your phone and check out the Gumtree blog