I promise I wasn’t looking for a dining table. I was happy living in my cocoon.
But one evening on ebay I found our dream table.
She seats 10 – 12 and came with 10 recently redone chairs! She is Tassie oak and has a custom made stainless steel frame.
She was purchased 8 years ago for $5,500 in a custom furniture shop.
At $660, I’m happy to take this as a little gift. She isn’t easy to move – and a big thank you to the blokes who helped me move her!
Now off to find some ebay stools!
I love ebay. Really, I do. So much goodness in one site. I listed around 30 items and sold 29. The skirtings didn’t sell.
I decided to have all the items sell at once and then spend an entire weekend on site managing all the tradies coming and ripping things out. Every item required removal by the purchaser.
No one seemed to care; in fact, most blokes rocked up with a ute, a mate , and some fine tools. It was actually quite fun – looking back on it.
I’d suggest you do the pictures and descriptions in a word doc first. Then you just cut n paste them into ebay. Make sure you specify pick up times.
You’d be shocked at what people will buy.
I sold my:
- Kitchen cupboards
- Bedroom cupboards
- Laundry trough
- sliding doors
- power points
- skirtings (didn’t sell)
- Front door
- Side door
- Back door
- Doors ($20)
- Sliding door ($500)
- Ducted heating with vents ($600)
- Stove ($450)
- Entire kitchen ($500)
- Bifold doors ($1300)
- Blue stones ($150)
- Lights ($50)
- Swing door ($50)
I was also told that I could have sold the bricks, roof tiles and much more. So, don’t be shy, put it all on ebay.
Plants are another thing; they tend to sell as well. Oh, and even the front fence has some value to some person out there.
Tips for ebay
- You don’t know what someone wants out of your item, so list all the details you can, including multiple images
- The amount of times a buyer told me they would have paid more but they couldn’t see the condition underneath, or the back, the screws, the hooks etc…
- You will get hundreds of questions, be prepared to measure everything, and be prepared to have to go and measure some odd parts of things, diagonal width, and width of glass piece of door.
- In your answer to buyers, remind them of the auction end date. So many of my willing buyers actually emailed me to apologise for missing the auction because they forgot. Don’t let them forget.
- Be really clear about the pick up day and times
- Lots of unsolicited offers will come along offering you very low buy it now prices. They’ll also tell you that their offer is best and that the item won’t sell. Delete these messages.
- You really want everyone on your site on the same weekend window, otherwise you’ll go mad.
- I always go 10 day auctions to get the page views right up.
- Try and have electricity to the property as it makes it easier to remove items (I didn’t and some tradies found it really hard to cut n dice the bits out)
- Try and work sequentially through the house – once the front door has sold you house is no longer secure – so sell the internal items first.
- Go for it. You’ll make a bundle of cash you can use towards the demolition.
I know one family that 100% covered the demolition cost with their period home items. That is nice work indeed. Did you ebay your house?