Day 155 A selling milestone

With today’s item which sold on eBay for $36.00 we have hit a milestone. We have broken the $1000 mark for selling unwanted items. I am pleased we have managed to redeem some of the money that in some cases was wasted in the first place. In other cases though we had got more than our money’s worth out of the items and the cash was just a bonus while other items we made a killing on.

A quick story regarding an eBay auction not relating to this decluttering quest but something my husband nearly threw away last year but put on eBay as a last minute decision. It was a kick start for a Ducati Motorbike which was a spare part given to him when he purchased an old bike for $1000 some years back. It sold for over $1200 on eBay and he was a very happy man.

Here is an article I ran across which I felt was relevant to today’s post

Empty your closets, fill your pockets


Some old fishing gear that we never use as mentioned above it sold for $36.00 on ebay tipping us over the $1000 mark


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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Congrats! That’s amazing!

  2. I think you may have motivated me to start selling on eBay! I used to sell on our local Craigslist but got tired very fast of all the skeevy people showing up at my house or trying to scam me. Right now all my clutter is just going to Goodwill for the tax write off, but I think now I’ll give eBay a shot again.

    • Hi Deanna,
      It can be a bit of a pain having to upload photos and fill out desciptions etc but well worth it when it goes right. I try to do a little research on how the type of item I am listing sells before I jump right in but we have done so well lately that I don’t mind taking a chance every now and again on something a bit obscure. We can only claim cash donations on our tax here in Australia so there is no return there except the satisfaction that you are doing something for people less fortunate and that’s good enough for me.

  3. Colleen I’m so glad I found your blog. I’m a few months into a major decluttering of my life and am reading everything I can find on the subject. I’ve only read here a little while but can tell I’ve found a gem! I’ll subscribe by email as soon as I type this comment. I tried to email you but there isn’t a form showing up for me, what’s the secret?

    • Hi Betty Jo,
      it is a pleasure to meet you. I have been over to your blog for a quick look and am looking forward to reading more. That is one empty fridge quite the opposite to mine at the moment I must confess. I am glad you are enjoying my blog and I hope it is being helpful for you on your journey. My husband has fixed the issue with my contact page thanks for pointing out that there was a problem there. Feel free to contact me any time. I am going back to your blog now.

  4. LOL! My fridge doesn’t stay that empty all the time of course, but I’m lovin’ it cleaned out so much it will never go back to the way it was. It’s just another place where visual clutter was affecting me in a way I didn’t even realize. When I first moved into the apartment I thought the fridge looked way too small. Now that my insight on what I really need has changed, I realize I could do with an even smaller one. Thanks to your hubby for fixing the contact issue; I just emailed you.

    • Sometimes I think we overdo the kinds of things we keep in our fridges anyway. I only have a small fride but now that I live close to the supermarket I find it is big enought for my needs. I imagine when it is just my husband and I left at home we will need even less space because our diet is simpler.

  5. Colleen – congratulations on hitting the $1000 mark on ebay! Nice job! I’m having a yard sale tomorrow to sell a massive pile of baby clothes and gear that my 18 month old daughter has outgrown, as well as a bunch of other items. If I do half as well with my sale as you’ve done with ebay, I’ll be very, very happy.

    • Thanks Donna,
      its a catch 22 isn’t it really. Should it be “congratualations” or “you really must had had a load of clutter” either way I am happy with the $1000. Good luck with your garage sale.

  6. I must confess, I’ve been curious as to how much you’ve made off ebay! Well done. I’m just not motivated to sell stuff there, so mainly just dump stuff at the op shop (even if it’s good quality), but my daughter wants to raise some money for herself and wants to offload some of her toys, so I will have to do it for her, sigh.

    • Hi Loretta,
      I know what you mean, it does get a little ho hum sometimes. I have just put some items up for a friend of mine which went well but it is an effort taking photos, listing, answering questions, packing and mailing. I especially don’t like it when items don’t sell but that is the luck of the draw. I can at least use the same photos for my blog so that is one step shared. If you look at my Give away – Throw away – Sell page you will see that we have only sold 36 items this way and it has been a shared effort between me and my husband.