Fifteen years ago I had my second baby and noticed my house was beginning to quickly get overrun with toys, clothes and equipment my children were outgrowing. Up until that point I had been having a yearly garage sale to help clear some of the clutter, but the stuff that collected between sales was starting to get to me. I would have loved to just donate it and be done, but with only one income I depended on the resale money to purchase new clothes, toys and equipment for the kids.
We had just purchased our first computer… a PC actually. Boy, I remember what a big deal that was (and how expensive it was, too!). Although I had a fight with the hubby about how useless the internet was, he won the battle and so began our online addiction. Luckily I found a smallish forum to sell my unwanted items called eBay. After playing around on the site for a while I decided to sell my son’s crib set. This was an ordinary Winnie the Pooh set I had purchased at Wal-Mart for maybe $45 tops. When my auction closed at $35 plus shipping I WAS HOOKED! If I had asked $35 for it at my garage sale it never would have received a second look!
I soon took on the name of “eBay Queen” in our household selling everything from clothes to household goods. Anything that wasn’t being used or nailed down… it was listed. I even started going to garage sales to find more goodies to list and make money on. Did I mentioned I was hooked?
Shipping options were slim back then with the local post office being the cheapest and quickest route for me to send my wares. Present time gives us many more options and with the help of the internet we can easily find the cheapest parcel delivery with the click of a mouse. Although times have changed a bit and eBay has grown, it is still a fairly reliable way to sell the kids quality items for more than you might get at a resale shop or rummage sale.
I have since retired my “eBay Queen” crown and status, but I still find myself sifting through the pages upon pages of goodies for sale… looking for a deal (or maybe even a steal). I’m not above suggesting &/or encouraging anyone that asks to “go for it” when they ask if they should list something. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure and there are many many many “men” surfing the internet for that perfect item!