MONEY TREE BEFORE A CHRISTMAS TREE

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MONEY MONEY MONEY

In 5 1/2 weeks Christmas will be upon us and although it is the festive season, a time of laughter happiness, sharing and giving, for families on low incomes this time of year can be extremely stressful.

Living in the western Suburbs of Sydney and working in the welfare Sector I also know that at Christmas time most families also have a huge electricity bill to pay as well as the dad to day expenses of living.

In this post I am going to share some of my tips on how I make some quick dollars living out here in the west, which can be utilised in other states and areas and then in my next post I will follow up with some thrift Tips on how to purchase great gifts and outfits to get you over the festive season without maxing out your credit card and introduce you to some non government organisations that are there to help families who are in need of a little extra help.

Gumtree is one of the Easiest and Fastest Ways to put pennies in your pocket. There are so many items you can sell on Gumtree so many that  I wouldn’t bother with. However my suggestion is to spend a little time looking around your house at the bigger items you no longer use or want, the fish tank in the garage, the unused wii, pop’s antique buffet that you keep knocking your knee against and that exercise bike that now doubles as a clothes rack.

Tips To Sell: Ensure the item is thoroughly cleaned (soap and water) can make a $30 difference—Take lots of Photo’s—Give honest and accurate details if the item has a chip on the door mention it ( no one likes a bull shitter)—Place your Ad on Gumtree Friday night and be prepared to take phone calls from 7am Saturday morning.—-Make yourself available to be at home the entire weekend until the items have sold—Be prepared to Negotiate and stipulate this in your price, put your price $30 above your wanting price.—Be willing to do an offer deal if they wish to purchase more than one of your Gumtree sales.—Don’t Let the perspective buyer stuff you around, If they ring and say they definitely want to buy it but can’t get there until Blah Blah politely tell them that if they are willing to direct debit the money into your account and provide receipt number the item is theirs. At times people do not show up and you may have turned some other perspective buyer down.

Clean out your closets curvy girls Ebay Shoppers love plus size clothing. Ebay Shoppers love good quality well known trusted brand clothing in ladies gents and children’s clothing. Other items I find that sell well are ladies name brand larger size leather shoes in excellent used condition (EUC). Vintage dresses providing you do not over price them are a great seller. Boys Henley shirts, bulk maternity wear, bulk pumpkin patch, NRL Jerseys, Collectable toys in good condition and much much more.

Tips to Sell: —Please ensure that all item you are selling are free from smell. I wash all items that I am selling and if they need pressing I will press them.—You can take up to 12 photos for free. Take the 12 photo’s snap from every angle capture every detail.—Complete all sections of the item specifics if you are auctioning a clothing item always include the measurements— If you do not have an Ebay account check out mine or other Power Seller to get ideas of what you would want for your return policy Seller Blurb/Description (JUUDISCIOUS511)—Research Auctions similar to what you are wanting   to sell, you can also do a search on completed items and on specific brands.— Charge the correct postage make sure you are not ripping yourself off—always keep the receipt from the post office this has your tracking numbers on it for your parcels (try and stick to using the one post office)—always provide good feedback (give it and you will receive it )— I always pack my parcels with a thankyou card and in tissue paper (it’s the little things people remember). —If you want at least $10 for the Autograph Top then start the Auction at $9.95 I always place my Auctions on for 10 days.— You have 40 Free Auctions at the start of each month (they do not roll over) most months you are invited to participate in an offer of more. MAKE SURE YOU PRESS THE BUTTON THAT ALLOWS YOUR ITEM TO BE RELISTED 3TIMES IF NOT SOLD

Clean out everything and anything for this sale people. Having a Garage sale doesn’t work for me I don’t live on a street where I get enough exposure so I take my haul off to one huge Garage sale Blacktown Markets. Now there are plenty of these sorts of Markets around Nth Rocks, Rozelle etc. However This is my all time favourite and has been running since I was a little girl

The two ways you can start your casual stallholder adventure are:

Pre-booking (from $50)

  • Book by 10pm the day before to secure your stall
  • You don’t need to join the queue along Cricketers Arms RoadEnter the driveway from Cricketers Arms Road and join the right hand lane

Entry from 05:30am (shoppers enter from 7:00am). Please note: Casual stallholders who queue up on the day enter from 06:30am, pre booked stallholders are not guaranteed a space in the market if they arrive after this time.

Enjoy easy access to your vehicle – it stays with you on your stall site

$50 (no extra fees for insurance) for standard size stalls. You’ll have enough space for a standard car or van (or similar length vehicle) with a 3m x 3m marquee and/or two frontage tables alongside your vehicle – avoid the queues and come straight through!

$65 (no extra fees for insurance) for a large stall. You’ll have enough space for a car and trailer (or similar length vehicle) with two 3m x 3m marquees and/or three frontage tables alongside your vehicle.

  • Queue up on the day (from $50)
  • Arrive on the day to queue for a stall

Join the queue along Cricketers Arms Road.

Entry is from 6:30am (shoppers enter from 07:00am)

Enjoy easy access to your vehicle- it stays with you on your stall site

$50 (no extra fees for insurance) for standard size stalls. You’ll have enough space for a standard car or van (or similar length vehicle) with a 3m x 3m marquee and/or two frontage tables alongside your vehicle.

$65 (no extra fees for insurance) for a large stall. You’ll have enough space for a car and trailer (or similar length vehicle) with two 3m x 3m marquees and/or three frontage tables alongside your vehicle.

Please note: We try our best to accommodate all stall holders. However priority is given to permanent stall holders and casual stall holders that book. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you book or arrive super early    http://www.blacktownmarkets.com/

Tips to Sell: —I always pre book–take a couple of torches as you will be setting up in the dark (it’s a really early start). Take your lunch Brekky and a thermos full of coffee.— Be sure to either take a shade cloth or hire one in advance you will need it.— Set you stall so that the tables are set across the front people tend to look more if they can walk past and browse rather than walk in. —Beware of the 7am stall holders who will come around your stall and annoy you they will haggle you and almost try and push you into giving them your stuff for free, this can also be the same with some shoppers there is a difference between haggle and harass (some tend to harass) be firm and laugh say no way, if you are not convincing they tend to come back.— Don’t be shy to be loud if you have a bargain let people know, in the last hour I stood calling out “ALL CLOTHES $1 AN ITEM” we were rushed off our feet and every garment went.—Be sure to take plenty of plastic bags, make a float up with lots of gold coins and pen and paper to keep a brief tally

It’s by no means a Money Tree and yes by no means as easy as having one but it’s a couple of tips that may help put a few extra pennies in the pocket for Christmas. Get Cracking on that sorting and selling and I will start getting my tips together on other ways to get through Christmas, Inexpensive gifts, Op shop finds, Sourcing Non-Government Organisations for assistance and DIY personal pressies.

Good Luck

Thank You For Reading My Post

 

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