Friday, November 18, 2016

Crazy Things to Sell and Making Money on Cleaning Up!

A couple of months ago I decided to clean out a couple of spots in my den...aka eBay/Etsy office. In the bottom of one of our bookcases I had designated a spot for my little girls art supplies and general fun stuff. She always loved to get in there and color, draw, paint, play with stickers, etc....but now, she's not such a "little" girl anymore. She's almost 11. She likes to play on her tablet...and the computer.......ugh. 😩 Anyway, I cleaned out the cupboard. She had lots of crayons.....and more crayons....and on top of that I had crayons! Broken crayons! Crayons that I thought I would someday melt down and pour into some kind of cute molds and then sell them on Etsy! (thanks Pinterest!) Oh boy....so I looked up broken crayons on eBay...I figured if there was such a craft as melting down crayons and making new fun crayons, then somebody out there might want to buy mine! I was right! I had almost 8 pounds of crayons! Six little baggies of 90 each for a total of 540 whole crayons plus half of a gallon size freezer bag that had broken crayons and also some whole crayons. I listed them a few days ago for $34.95 with free shipping. They fit in a medium priority flat rate box. After fees and shipping I made $18.59 profit on them! Just on something that was sitting around gathering dust! That was my "crazy things to sell" item!

Then I had lots of markers, crayons, colored pencils, coloring books, beads, papers and other fun stuff. I decided to make a gift basket for a little girl with everything. I had the pink heart gift basket bag on hand forever, already had the basket that I used so everything came together nicely! I probably didn't make much per hour on this because I did spend a little bit of time on it but I sold it on Facebook for $15.00. That's money that I didn't have before and it was better than just throwing all the stuff away, which I was tempted to do!


After I was done cleaning out her space I decided to clean out a cupboard of mine! It's a double door cupboard/bookcase type of thing that I keep my shipping supplies in, plus some buttons, plus some scrapbooking stuff....plus other junk! It was a mess! I used to make handmade cards....in fact that was my first shop on Etsy! I haven't had any cards in it for a few years but you can see my sold listings here.....wow, I just looked and the last card I sold was 4 1/2 years ago! I didn't realize it had been that long! I just don't have time to do all the things I like to do! So yeah, I had collected lots of card-making supplies.....like stickers! I had a basket full of them. I sorted them all out and took pictures and sold them on Facebook for $20.00! The person that got them got a really good deal as there were lots there but I knew I just would never get around to doing anything with them.


Next I had 2 different kits that I had started years ago. I used to see these really neat scrapbook/photo books that people made with lots of different papers and stickers and embellishments. I wanted to do one for a baby boy and another for a school album. I had collected lots of different things for both but alas....I never got around to that either! (Can you tell that I love to start things but can never seem to finish them? 😳 !!) So I sold both kits for $10 each on Facebook too.

So, all in all, I ended up making $73.59 for that days work. Not tons of money but not too bad either! I could have just boxed it all up and sent it to Goodwill but I figured I might as well make the money instead of them! I still have a lot of cardmaking supplies that I need to sort through and sell. I still want to keep some of the stuff but I definitely don't need all that I have.

What crazy thing have you sold lately? Have you made money on "cleaning up" around the house?

Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam




16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip about the crayons-everywhere I look I find more!

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    1. You're welcome! Hope you find lots! ~~Pam

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  2. I threw a big bag of used crayons away. :(. But now I know better.:)

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    1. Awww, sometimes it's just easier to do that, that's for sure! :) ~~Pam

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  3. Loved this post! So fun to read!

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  4. This was a great post--love the idea of turning your literal trash into money.

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    1. Thank you Diana! Might as well make a nickel here and a dime there for our trash! ~~Pam

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  5. Great Ideas! I never thought of selling the crayons! I always see them bagged at yard sales and I say to myself I have enough at home. My daughter is 15 and I had the same idea of making scrapbooks when she was little. bought all the paper etc. Now it's just there. Some I can use for Diorama's but I am not as ambitious anymore. I will have to see if I can sell on FB also.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I hope you can sell your extra stuff! ~~Pam

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  6. Crayons are used for something called encaustic painting. Basically, the crayon pieces are melted on an iron (not with steam jets) and smeared on, I think, canvas. You might want to look that up. Adding "encaustic" to the description might also help, but look it up so you know exactly what it is is. Yay for you on your sales! I have some stuff to clean out, too.

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    1. Thank you! I'll have to look that up and remember it for next time! ~~Pam

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  7. Pamela, that was good thinking! Cleaning out stuff and making money!

    xo Dianne

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    1. Thanks Dianne! Better me than the thrift store, right? :) ~~Pam

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