How to sell at a nearly new sale: Tips from a regular seller.
Mum of two Lisa Holland from Peterborough and her husband are regular stall holders at their local mum2mum markets.
Lisa has sold at Stamford, Bourne and Peterborough.
After having 7 stalls she has become something of a Pro at selling nearly new. Below she shares her experience and tips on getting the most out of a mum2mum sale.
It's that time of year where everyone has finally put all the Christmas presents away and decided that they have too many toys, or sorting through clothes and bits and realising that actually their child has outgrown them. Why not make some money and sell them on to someone who will appreciate them and love them as much as you. Whilst I will put some selling ideas at the end, one of the best bits of selling at a sale is the feeling of ... I'm not sure what you call it! Happy, glowy, warm, satisfied. Can't think of a word that means all of what I want to say.
Don't be afraid to enjoy yourself. One of my memorable moments was playing with a toy and a little girl wanting to join in. She was so happy, I let her have it. It didn't matter about the money as the look on her face was priceless. Her mum went on to buy other things but couldn't thank me enough for making her daughter so happy.
It is one of the most enjoyable experiences with friendly staff to help you out if needed and I have met some fantastic people along the way.
Demonstrate your stock.
If it doesn't work or you don't know how it works you are very unlikely to sell it.
Don't be scared to chat to people.
Someone may be afraid to ask questions about what they are looking at but most people are happy to receive some information, especially if they think what they are going to ask is silly. But please bare in mind some of the people are going to be first time parents and wouldn't understand a lot of the gadgets on the market at the minute.
Be prepared to reduce your prices.
If someone offers you a lower price don't be offended. You have to decide if you want to sell it for less or take the risk of having it to take home again.
It may sound silly but it is so easy to do. You need to become detached to what you are selling. A coat you paid £30 for that you can remember your child going puddle jumping in or their first trip to the park may be worth loads to you, but remember it is a coat you are selling not the memories. When pricing clothes to it is so difficult when you can go to stores nowadays and buy cheaply. Just try and be realistic.
Try and organise everything before you go.
There is limited space at the sale so if you are like me and spread everything out when organising, do what you can at home. It makes it so much easier when you are there.
Try not to overcrowd the table as people will find it so hard to see everything and they may miss exactly what they are looking for.
Most importantly ENJOY YOURSELF. Meet some lovely people, give unwanted things a loving new home, make someone's day by giving them the chance to buy something they may not have previously been able to afford, put a smile on someone's face.