Generating Interest in Your Ad by Listing for Others

People often put stuff out on the curb without advertising it. You can easily spot this because the stuff just stays there for days on end, and it’s “good stuff”.

If it’s crap, you can’t tell, but if it’s good stuff, it’ll go.

Here’s an example of something good, that was left out up the street. I figured it could generate interest in my junk. It’s a little kiddie beemer:

I got nearly 20 requests for it before I even looked at a message. It was taken within an hour. I wish I snagged that and posted it for sale!

They also had a car seat that was gone within the day:

Meanwhile, I got two requests for my junk.

Let’s face some facts: people don’t want this furniture and wood stuff.

I am happy I got a couple requests.

I might need to sand down the nightstand and see what it looks like underneath the paint. That was my original plan. I think it could then sell for $10 or a bit more if they’re painted.

I know these items are good. They are quality. The problem is, people don’t know, and it’s only DIY-ers who can appreciate these items. By turning them into “retail” product, I should be able to dispose of them.

The Best Yard Sale Signs

It’s summertime and the yard sales are in effect. The best signs I’ve seen so far are these mysterious arrows, so I copied them.

The technique is to have arrows all over the place, so people see them and follow them.

It’s the opposite of having a big sign with an address on it. Have many small signs leading people to the destination.

The people driving around know what the arrows mean!

Still Not Gone! Second Summer Giveaway

Of all the things to take, somebody took the plastic chest of drawers.

They left behind the wood stuff, which I thought was much nicer.

I’m not really sure how to deal with this.

One possibility is to sand down the nightstand, glue it tight, and then sell it, unfinished. Maybe list it for $30.

The two cabinets have faces. They might go easier if they didn’t have those on. I suspect plain wood boxes would be more popular.

The scanner is still a good find. The VCRs might be of interest to people who do repairs – if they aren’t taken, they’ll get hoarded in the garage for another giveaway.

Selling Furniture, An Old Chest of Drawers

I sold this piece a few months ago. I originally bought it for $10, and sold it for, I think, $20.

I also put around $30 of materials into fixing it up. I got new bottom panels for the drawers, reglued all the joints, washed off the crap on the wood, and also treated it with anti-urine-smell stuff because some birds or something pooped on it.

I also did a light refinish with stain, to unify the colors. Lots of little things added up to make it a much nicer piece.

It’s not a great antique, but it’s a nice antique. I’d guess it’s from the 1910s to 1930s and from North Carolina. Lightweight and pretty sturdy, it provided good service, and looked pretty nice.

Dumping Furniture

I put out an ad trying to get these two things taken away from the alley behind my apartment.

The bookcase was thrown out, by us, once before. The neighbors picked it up. Now they are throwing it out.

Originally, we had picked it up off the street, and painted it with the green and pink paint.

I’m hoping someone else picks it up. It’s pretty well made. It stands upright without a brace in the back.

The other furniture is also pretty good. I’m not sure what it is, but, again, it’s made of joined wood.

For the right person, with some time, these could be repaired and made usable again.

It’s not like “Ikea” furniture made of particles of wood and glue.

First Giveaway Summer 2019, Craigslist

This batch took a couple weeks. I initially tried to sell it, but that failed. A detailed Craigslist freebies listing that got a couple people to come by. I followed up with a FB marketplace ad. Once that was done with, I put it on the curb on Friday, and posted a curb alert to the freebies and to FB marketplace. Trash pickup was on Monday, but someone took it all by Saturday night.

A few of the things were just pickups from the street, and wouldn’t sell on Ebay. Some were purchases. Some were things I just happened to find in my stuff.

The ad was:

Miscellaneous things. See the photos for the current inventory. I will update frequently, and keep adding things.

Take what you want. “thank you” to everyone who took stuff.

…//list of things//

Updated 5:00pm, 6/20
// address inserted here // on the wall to the right. It’s in the boxes. Bring a flashlight. You can take the boxes to carry the stuff, but don’t leave stuff outside of a box.

Site’s Going Away

This blog has terrible traffic. I think it’s just a mismatch between lots of different things.

The ebay name declutter69 was just my name. I decided I wanted a different name for the store, eventually, but had already used declutter69 🙁

I had been clutter blogging over on ebay with the name, and then wrote an ebook about decluttering with craigslist with the name. It was thematically consistent the way I saw it, but it wasn’t quite right for the reader.

“declutter69” should be about tossing things out, and organizing.

“zombies of the information society” should be a catalog of items for sale.

Neither should be a blog about reselling.

Duh, isn’t this basic branding 101? I have read instructions about not making this kind of mistake, but I just made it. It seems stupid, but it’s not that hard to fall into this mistake of not seeing things from the customer’s perspective.

So, the blog is going away, soon. Not sure exactly when, but soon.

The free ebook will still be here.