Sampler: Best Offer, Best Life! by Deb Colameta

A fascinating book for everyone with something to sell: Deb’s Quick-Start Guide to creating new wealth through online yard sales.

You’ve tidied your home, and all this decluttering resulted in a big pile of stuff! Now what? It’s payday if you use the power of online yard sales. Filled with stories of selling triumphs (and a few duds), the real-life examples in Best Offer, Best Life! will help motivate you to sell your own household excess through social media and free apps.

Expert seller Deb Colameta shares her best tips for navigating the world of online yard sales, which include:

  • A checklist for creating an effective ad
  • Marketing techniques for how and where to sell
  • Pricing strategies

Whether you’re new to online yard sales or a seasoned seller looking to improve your rate of success, you can start applying these tips today! Plus, learn about the multiplier effects of the purging and selling process, beyond cash in your hands. This is wealth, redefined.

Find out how online yard sales and the positive approaches in this book could hold the key to your Best Offer, Best Life! 

Sampler: Best Offer, Best Life!

Deb Colameta

Chapter 2: Background

HOW IT STARTED
Let me paint a picture of my small ranch home in a Boston suburb circa 2015: toys in every room, mountains of baby gear that started innocently in a corner and eventually crept toward the center of the room, stacks of games and toys that reached to the ceiling, all from well-meaning friends and family (and my husband, who loves to buy toys for himself…I mean, for the children). But I can’t lay all the blame on the kids’ stuff. Before the arrival of children, there were two couches in my garage, extra furniture around the house, and unused wedding gifts from prior years.

Junk attracts junk. I affectionately call it “junk,” but that’s not quite accurate. The accumulation in my house was mostly high-end items that we bought or received but never ended up using often enough to justify keeping. We lived on a beer budget but foisted our champagne tastes (and some immature gift registry choices) onto our generous wedding guests.

Seriously, couples should be required to obtain a license (or at least read this book!) before pulling the trigger on one of those registry scanner guns. We purchased items before we bought our home, expecting to need them at some point (electric avocado press, anyone? The in-home dry-cleaning center? Two sixteen-quart stockpots, for the extra-large clam bake I imagined myself hosting and still, ten years later, had not?). The result was a basement that looked like a Crate-and-Barrel- meets-Williams-Sonoma warehouse.

Can you relate to this? Mm-hmm. Read on.

One day, wondering if we needed to jump into the race for more space, my husband, Ray, and I decided to take a peek at a house for sale nearby. At the open house, there were dozens of other couples looking at this Cape-style home, which was 50% more expensive than our current home for only about 20% more living space. It was a total turnoff to be in competition with so many other buyers. After visiting a few of these types of open houses, I had a light bulb moment. Ping! Maybe what was appealing about the other houses was that they all seemed totally free of clutter. They had been staged beautifully with empty countertops and no piles of anything anywhere. Maybe while we waited for the housing market to cool off, we could try to purge and stage our current home. If our plan failed to produce a living space that felt bigger, then at least the result would be a household that was easier to pack and a home ready for its own open house staging and real estate pictures.

We took it a step beyond purging, though, perhaps our indirect way of procrastinating. We were not interested in hosting a traditional yard sale, for reasons I will describe later in this book. However, one Easter brunch, a family member introduced me to the idea of selling items online.

The previous winter, I had been given some items from a friend who was quickly downsizing. Some of what we accepted turned out to be valuable working items that just sat in boxes for months in my garage. It was a waste of perfectly good items and space in my home. So I offered one of the items to a relative during that Easter brunch. It was an expensive electric drum set that Ray was excited to own and master, but me, not so much. With a new baby on the way, we had other priorities besides learning a loud instrument at the age of thirty-five, despite my husband’s claim that he could use headphones or the baby in my tummy could enjoy the beat. My relative accepted the instrument and said, “Thank you! Geez. That’s very generous, but this is actually worth a lot of money. Have you thought about selling it online?”

And in that moment, the Heavens opened up for me, on Easter Sunday, no less.

“No, I hadn’t thought of that,” I said innocently. He showed me a similar drum set on the selling app OfferUp that was selling for $100 used. I was stunned. True, I felt too uncomfortable selling the items from my friend, but I sure had plenty of other possessions of my own that had to go before Baby Number Two would arrive in a few months. I suddenly fell head over heels into the lucrative world of purging and selling.

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As my successful sales mounted and my garage and basement cleared out, my friends and family started asking me for advice on selling. If I heard that a friend was moving or starting a renovation, I would encourage him or her to consider selling items in good condition. I started writing down my tips and pricing formulas to share with others, and that now includes you!

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