Twice a year, I purge my home of unwanted goods. Looking around my home, there are 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 sell my stuff. In the past two years, I’ve made enough money selling unwanted goods to pay for pet emergencies, get away for a long weekend and contribute to my investments.
Where do you even start with selling your stuff? Here’s my tried and true guide to sell your stuff in Portland.
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 has worked best for me over the years.
What I’ve Sold
You can sell just about any household item online and make something on it. These are some of the unwanted goods I’ve sold to pad my pocket with some extra money. Here is a list of some items and the amount I earned:
Acoustic guitar — $40
Backpack — $30
Bookshelf — $30
Cedar hope chest — $40
Perfume set — $60
Pet cage — $20
Toaster oven — $15
Electric tooth brush (seriously) — $10
Fancy blender — $40
Cell phone accessories — $10
Sell Your Stuff Online
When you sell stuff online, you’ll have two options: local or national. For me, posting 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’ve listed my stuff.
What Works Best
I sell almost all of my items on Facebook Marketplace. The others I’ve sold on are 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 engagement.
If someone is interested, they send you a Facebook message, then you work out a deal from there.
Tips for Listing Items
Price your items at $10 or more. I’ve found that items listed for less than $10 tend to result in no shows. No one wants to waste their time driving to an agreed upon place to meet just to have the other person not show up.
Cut your purchase price by at least 25 percent. I know you spent your hard-earned money on these items, but in the eyes of the buyer, they are secondhand. I used to suggest cutting the price to 50%, but it really depends on supply and demand for your item. This has a lot to do with the season, such as selling a bike in the spring or winter coats in the fall. Take into consideration the condition of your item and choose a lower listing price due to wear and tear.
Specialty items need special treatment. Do you have incredible antiques, vintage memorabilia or collector’s items? Try to find the market in which to sell them. eBay is known as an online space to find speciality items. Check out our list of Portland stores that may buy your items from you below.
Clothes can be a hard sell. The clothing items that have sold well for me are outdoor apparel (Columbia and Patagonia brands). Think seasons when posting clothing for sale online. Other options for name brand clothing and accessories are selling in-person at Buffalo Exchange or going national with Poshmark.
When you sell items online, you inevitably will be meeting strangers to exchange your goods for money. 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 you are comfortable having strangers come to your home, require them to pay via Venmo or PayPal before arriving.
- 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. Another option is to place the items on your porch for easy, contactless pickup.
- This may sound obvious, but do not accept a check from the buyer. Be sure you clearly negotiate and agree upon a price and payment option (cash or mobile payment service) 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
Next Adventure — Outdoor gear and apparel (camping, climbing, paddling and snow)
NW Pro Gear — bikes and bike parts
Portland Rerun — books, jewelry, movies, furniture, art, etc.
Powell’s City of Books — books
Village Merchants — clothes, antiques, art, housewares & collectibles
Do you know of more places in Portland to resell your stuff? Share in the comments section below!
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