It sounds so easy, selling your stuff on-line. Of course E-bay comes to mind first and foremost. How hard, really, could it be? Millions, if not hundreds of millions of people have and continue to sell stuff on E-bay. So we decided to give it a try.
To be exact, this isn’t the first time we have stepped into the selling side of the online site. But it has been awhile and things have changed—dramatically. Of course we have been known to buy too. I don’t buy much. I am still a touchy feely kind of shopper. But for those who want, about 99% of anything is available. New or used. It’s like having a huge, really huge closet that you can step into and pick up anything from a stuffed Anteater to a Ziggy shaped cake pan. Wow what a dream closet that would be. Back to reality!
First you need to set up a sellers account. Then you move on to the gathering period of selling. Ah, here is the most interesting time of the whole world of selling. Unless you have something very specific to sell, we did not, you need to pick and choose from your stash of treasures that you are ready to unload-uh sell. I thought this would be a snap as I am no longer attached to to much of anything except time. I really like time. I want as much time as I can possible get from here on out in my existence. So picking a few items was to be just a matter of gathering–like eggs from the chickens.
Well best laid plans as the saying goes… I began by looking around the living room. I guess I’m really not ready to sell the redwood carved bear with the big jelly looking belly. Or the one of many miscellaneous tins that held all matter of candy and liquid refreshments over the years. I moved on to the spare room. There must be something to sell in there—it’s a spare room after all. Okay, there is the 1923 Gulbransen upright piano. Who in their right mind sells a piano on E-bay? How would it get moved, shipped, delivered. Nope too big. Maybe the collection of tiny bottles of liquor I have collected over the years. Must be a hundred of them. I find that I don’t dust them as much as I did before they were moved from the grandeur of the living room to the spare room. Nope, I don’t think I can sell liquor on-line. It’ll take a better drinker than me to drink all those concoctions. Then I opened the closet.
As I stood there shaking my head at the mountain of stored canned goods, cat food, paper goods, cleaning supplies I felt this overwhelming urge to just have an auction. Have someone come in room by room shouting– abadaba, what do ya bid, here-de-there-de, whaja bid… Nope, on line is what we are trying first.
There in the corner, a speck caught my eye. It was a Pyrex round bread tube thingy. Still in the box. Still has the packing stuff too. Ya I can do without that. So I have started my pile. Whew!
One down and two to go. I dug deeper and came up with a couple of four packs of Polaroid instant film from a camera that is no longer made and the film is no longer made. Surely someone out there needs this film. So two things on my meager pile. Now it is getting not only easier, but kind of fun too. Next I come up with a—well would you believe that when I was done my pile was bigger than a bread box, and included an old bread box, but smaller than that piano. Maybe I’ll give the piano a try.
One of the first things we had to realize is that we will probably not get the price we paid for our stuff. But for the old stuff and the cool stuff the sky may be the limit. When selling it is so very important to remember you can put any price on anything, but each item is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. Kind of like knowing someone who you would like to buy for what they are worth, and then be able to sell them for what they think they are worth! Think about it!
It’s an ongoing saga in our house, this selling of stuff. Shipping treasures to new owners all over the country. Our UPS guy is going to get a real workout. Hopefully our PayPal account grows enough to buy more time. I understand that time is a precious commodity and is in short supply as we get older. Oh and FYI I do have a Ziggy shaped cake pan if anyone in interested. And a piano too.
Trina Lives in Eureka, Nevada. Her book ITY BITS can be found on Kindle. Share your thoughts with her at firstname.lastname@example.org