A MUM has revealed how she makes £500-a-month selling her kids’ old toys on eBay.
Natalie Reynolds came up with the idea during a spring clean and now regularly flogs clutter from Sofia, 20 months, and four-year-old Mimi’s playroom.
4 Natalie Reynolds makes £500 a month flogging old toys on eBayCredit: Instagram / natalife11
The 36-year-old was stunned when she discovered she could make hundreds a month on the auction site and now has an Instagram account dedicated to helping fellow mums.
Natalie, from Hertfordshire, said: “After I saw the money-making potential, I knew that other mums would be in a similar position.
“So, I decided to turn my Instagram account into a means to motivate fellow parents, sharing selling tips and tricks on how to make the most out of unused items around the household by listing them on eBay.”MAKING NEW MEMORIES
Natalie first shifted a second-hand hoverboard for £98, a microscooter for £50 and a small Sylvanian family set for £20 as well as household items.
But while she’s happy to sell second-hand toys, Natalie draws the line at flogging anything with sentimental value.
She said: “I keep a small box of keepsakes which is enough. I believe it’s much more important to be able to afford to make new memories.”
The stay-at-home mum now sets targets for what she will spend the money on – including visualising a family trip to Disneyland with the money she’ll make.
Her top tips is to be as descriptive as possible in the sale and focus on items that are relevant – such as toys from films being released in the cinema at the time.
She said: “Be specific with your descriptions. Rather than listing it as ‘toy car’, list the brand, the colour and the condition.
“Aim for 10-day auctions. This gives people as long as possible to see and bid on your items.
“Also, don’t be afraid to allow offers as this will allow you to negotiate with buyers.
“Think strategically. Big brands like Disney naturally sell well. I’ve made £500 in one month from selling toys on eBay!
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“Don’t forget to keep a record of how much you’re making so you can track progress and stay motivated.”And look for opportunities. Your children’s discarded toys could be another child’s new best friend if you can let go of the memories.
“That box of teddies in the corner that your children have grown out of, but you can’t leave behind, could be a big money-maker, especially with original toys and classic characters such as Paddington Bear!”
4 The mum was stunned she realised how much she could makeCredit: Instagram / natalife11
4 She now regularly clears out her daughters’ playroomCredit: Instagram / natalife11
4 She never sells sentimental itemsCredit: Instagram / natalife11