At the start of a new year, I always have the desire to declutter my home. That urge came early this year as I transitioned to a new job. I wanted to put a little more money in my savings as I entered a 90-day probation period until I could contribute to my company’s 401k. Looking around my home, there were a lot of things in good shape that I never use.
Instead of bagging everything up and taking it to Goodwill or Salvation Army, I decided to sell my stuff. There are many places, both in-person and online, to sell your stuff in the Portland area. Below I list both options. But first, let me tell you what worked best for me and resulted in $245 in my bank account.
What I sold
In a little over a month, I rid my home of unwanted goods and padded my pocket with some extra money for my savings account. Here’s what I sold.
Acoustic guitar — $40
Backpack — $30
Bookshelf — $30
Cedar hope chest — $40
Perfume set — $60
Pet cage — $20
Toaster oven — $15
Twin bed frame — $10
Sell your stuff online
For me, positing my stuff for a national or regional audience was not my desired option. I can barely find the time to ship presents to my family and friends, let alone ship a secondhand item across the country to a stranger. I decided to try my luck with the Portland community. Here are the sites where I listed my stuff.
So, what worked best?
I sold all but three items on Facebook Marketplace. The others were Letgo (bed frame) and Nextdoor classifieds (toaster oven and bookcase).
It’s easy to post your items on any of these platforms. For Facebook Marketplace, everything is managed through Facebook. Upload your images, add a description and location, and list your price. It is as simple as that. Facebook will also track how many people view your item and suggest price changes if your item isn’t getting a lot of interaction. If someone is interested, they send you a Facebook message, then you work out a deal from there.
When you sell items online, you inevitably will be meeting strangers to exchange your goods for cash. Here are a few rules I live by:
Meet the buyer in a public area such as a store parking lot, restaurant, mall food court or another open location.
If the buyer is coming to your home, do not let them inside. Conduct all business from your porch. For larger items, store them in your garage and have the item cleared out and ready to go for the buyer.
This may sound obvious, but do not accept a check from the buyer. Be sure you clearly negotiate and agree upon a price before you meet the buyer.
Sell your stuff at Portland stores
A walk down Hawthorne Blvd. reveals how vibrant vintage and resale stores are in Portland (mid-century modern couch, anyone?). Here are some places you can sell your stuff in Portland.
Buffalo Exchange — vintage and used clothing
Longfellow’s Books — books, ephemera, posters, rare periodicals, posters, sheet music, etc.
NW Pro Gear — bikes and bike parts
Portland Rerun — books, jewelry, movies, furniture, art, etc.
Powell’s Books — used books
Village Merchants — furniture, art, books, movies, jewelry, etc.
Do you know of more places in Portland to resell your stuff? Share in the comments section below!
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