It’s no secret that one of the best ways to save money for travel is by SELLING YOUR STUFF.
This can be hard for some people – I’m not materialistic, but I AM a hoarder. I wouldn’t sell most of my CDs, but I’m having no problems listing most of my clothes. Back in November, we sold the majority of our furniture and made almost £200 – considering a lot of it came from charity shops or were cheap second hand anyway, I’d say we didn’t do too badly! We probably almost made a profit.
Now we’re down to all the little bits & pieces, and I have to admit it’s difficult without car boot sales going on. We could get rid of half this stuff in one fell swoop (or one very early Sunday morning), but luckily what we do have is Facebook selling groups – unlike eBay and Amazon, you have zero selling fees and if it’s a local group, no postage fees either. This has been my main selling platform, and over the past week, I’ve made roughly £60 just on a few random bits including kitchen stuff, CDs, decorative lights, even a box of dominoes! Plus two Studio Ghibli DVDs on Amazon for £7 each (after fees), Matilda for a few pennies and a book. It’s not making millions, but it’s giving us enough for plenty of dinners in Asia, or paying for our Cambodian visas.
This is what’s important. Stop thinking, ‘but I might want to watch this DVD again one day’ when you haven’t watched it in five years. When your alternative is ‘the money I make from this will pay for a meal in Thailand’, that logic will disappear. Focus focus. (something I am regularly having to tell myself, trust me!)
Lots of bits are about to hit eBay so fingers crossed these boxes of things will disappear and turn into cash!