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Lois C. is a Los Angeles resident who, like so many of us, had accumulated too much “stuff” around the house. “I redecorated, I added more shelves, but it weighed heavily on me to have so much debris in my life,” she recalls.

Lois started selling on eBay in January. Two months later, she's earned over $3,000.

Lois started selling on eBay in January. Two months later, she’s earned over $3,000.

She grew up in Ohio, where she had frequently gone antiquing with her sister. “I was collecting all kinds of things but never using them,” she recalls. “They’d just go into a closet.”

She had considered selling on eBay, but hesitated when she considered the burden of shipping.

Then she discovered Shyp.

That was in January. Since then, Lois has made over $3,000 using eBay and Shyp. “I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface,” she says. “I have about 50 items listed right now.”

“If you’re not using something, why not get rid of it and make some money instead?”

Lois works as a business development consultant but occasionally takes side jobs as an organizer. “People sometimes hire me to come and clean out their closets. So I’ll go through their house and get rid of tons of stuff, and when you go through that experience, you realize it makes your life much more manageable,” she explains.

“It’s so freeing to get rid of the things you’re not using,” says Lois. “If you’re not using something, why not get rid of it and make some money instead?”

Instead of letting your collectibles sit in a closet, consider selling them on eBay.

Instead of letting your collectibles sit in a closet, consider selling them on eBay.

Lois says most people are not aware of how much “stuff” they have around the house — especially “stuff” they could sell on eBay. “You visually imprint your stuff and you don’t see it anymore,” she says. “You see your closet as it’s always been.”

One of her strategies for seeing her “stuff” anew is to move things around. A different context can provide a great deal of clarity. “For example,” Lois says, “Pick a category — like shoes or pants — and move all of them from your closet to your bedroom. You’ll be surprised how much you have!”

Take a fresh look at your belongings.  You may have more to sell on eBay than you thought.

Take a fresh look at your belongings. You may have more to sell on eBay than you thought.

“Just go for it.”

After a few months of selling, Lois has developed her own strategy, especially around pricing. “If you’ve got unique stuff to sell, you can attract higher-price buyers,” she advises.

She’s been pleasantly surprised by some of her sales. “I recently sold my grandmother’s antique doll. It was damaged. I assumed it was worthless, but I listed it anyhow, making sure to display the damaged parts in photos. I started the auction at $25 and would have been happy with that, but it went up and eventually sold for $100!”

To anyone thinking about selling on eBay for the first time, Lois says, “Just go for it. It can be a little intimidating to get started, but you get the hang of it quickly.”

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