i love selling books on ebay. first, it gets them out of my house. second, i like turning my old stuff into money. and third, it’s so easy!

if you have never sold a book on ebay, i highly recommend it. ebay (as a minimalizing technique) can be very time-consuming. taking pictures, writing descriptions, and shipping packages tend to be a hassle for only a $4 profit. but ebay eliminates nearly all the time-consuming hassle when it comes to books.

when selling books, all you need to enter is the isbn number located on the back of most books. ebay automatically registers all the information about the book (title, author, description, etc.) leaving you to enter just a one sentence description and your shipping cost. not to mention, shipping books is easy (one manila envelope, please) and cheap (usps parcel post).

i hopped on ebay today to list some books that i found in my basement. i was surprised to see that ebay is offering a special 5cent listing fee on books until the end of the year. got a shelf full of books (or a box in the basement)? go grab a few popular titles and turn them into cash today (or at least in 5 days…)

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i had hoped to make some money by selling my junk drawer on ebay – but there were no bidders.  apparently, everybody was too busy bidding on this guy’s life.

so, i’m left to remove the clutter the old fashioned way – the garbage can.  i’ll post some photos when i’m done. 

my junk drawer on ebay

June 17, 2008

this evening, i stepped up to cross another cluttered area of my home off the list – the dreaded junk drawer.  i began the process using the steps that i have learned from the experts:

  1. identify your clutter area
  2. take everything out
  3. return only things that need to stay
  4. sort the rest into three piles: relocate, sell/donate, discard

as i pulled the drawer out of its slot, i had a change of heart.  instead of following the 4 step process, i reduced it to one step: 1. sell everything on ebay.  i kept everything – and put the drawer up for auction.

you can find the listing here: my junk drawer (untouched).  it’s your chance to own a little piece of my family.