I sold one of my most loved and functional possessions this morning.
And I’m not even sad about it. In fact, I’m thrilled. I sold it because I happen to have two of these jackets (the one I still own is a different colour) and this jacket wasn’t seeing enough love, so off it went to a lucky craigslist buyer. Even luckier for me, I paid $140 for this jacket six years ago, and since the price has gone up significantly at Lululemon (they sell for $220 now, taxes in), I was able to recoup all $140 that I paid for the jacket. Over the past couple of years buying and selling on craigslist, here’s what I’ve learned:
- It pays to take good care of what you own. Since we don’t own a ton of stuff, it’s easier to take care of what we do own and keep it in good condition. This makes selling items that are no longer wanted a lot easier. People are more likely to buy items used if they are in great condition.
- It pays to buy a well-made product in a popular brand. I’m pretty sure if I’d been trying to sell a Lulu knock-off, it would have never left my house. If you buy well made products that you love, but that also have a loyal brand following, you’ll have an easier time selling when you’re done with them (and maybe even get more of your money back too.)
- It pays to forgo making the purchase altogether if you can swing it. This, for me personally, is the most important point. It’s the point I have to remember anytime I enter a store, really. My wardrobe is complete for right now, and I’m not in need of anything at this point. Sometimes I find myself being swayed by a great price tag on a well made item, but I try to recall how good it feels to look into my closet and know that there is nothing there that is unloved, unwanted or unnecessary.