The Courier-Mail

Sell it, and get your chair share

- SOPHIE ELSWORTH

UNWANTED items right in front of your eyes could make you a quick buck. Buying and selling goods on popular websites including Gumtree are easy ways to snare bargains or make yourself some handy cash.

Just ask do-it-yourself specialist Natasha Dickins, who found a broken classic Swedish designer chair on the site for $25. After she gave it a little spruce

up, it’s since been valued at $4000.

LOOK AROUND

Dickins says every Australian garage has a chair or piece of furniture in it that’s unloved and of some value.

Research by Gumtree showed 89 per cent of the population have unwanted items in the house.

So start by hunting around your home and garage and see if there’s any unwanted items that you think someone else might pay some money for.

“It’s just a matter of keeping an eye out – if you like it, someone else would like it,’’ Dickins says.

“There’s also an opportunit­y to look around your house and give it a clean-out.”

The data showed 61 per cent of respondent­s are open to the idea of selling secondhand goods online to help with costs such as saving for a house deposit.

PHOTOGRAPH­S

Celebrity secondhand expert Adam McDonald says putting online the best photograph­s possible is critical for both buyers and sellers.

He also says having the more photos the better and urges users to be honest in what they show.

If a piece of furniture has any nicks or dents, show this or it could result in problems down the track.

BE REALISTIC

Look online and see what prices the same or similar items are selling for.

Set a price point that you think people would be prepared to pay. Don’t be greedy as you’re probably just wasting your time.

McDonald says millions of items are posted online every week, so if you don’t find what you are looking for in the first instance, be patient.

For those who are buying: set a price limit and don’t go over it.

 ?? Picture: PHILLIP ROGERS ?? HOT SEAT: Natasha Dickins is a master at buying and selling secondhand goods.
Picture: PHILLIP ROGERS HOT SEAT: Natasha Dickins is a master at buying and selling secondhand goods.

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