While B was online the other day, he noticed our favorite band, the Black Keys, was coming to Phoenix to play a show in November. The Black Keys are actually a band we can both agree on liking (he’s more of a Metallica fan, I’m more of a Justin Timberlake fan) and, while I’m not a huge fan of concerts, the Black Keys seem like they’re pretty chill. I can’t really picture a giant mosh pit, or thousands of screaming teenage girls, at a Black Keys concert.
To make it even more enticing, the rock station B listens to had a code for their listeners to type in to get tickets before they went on sale, which meant we could get really good seats. After B told me the price, I agreed it was something we could afford, and he went ahead and bought the tickets. Woohoo!!
How To Go to a Concert for Free
You may not know this yet, but I am one of those people who will cut out a lot of our entertainment budget in order to pay for other things, like home improvement projects. So why did I agree to shell out $150 to go to a concert?
It was really a confluence of factors, but one that I highly recommend if you need some extra cash: selling stuff in your house. I know, I know, we’ve all heard of this, and we probably all did it in college (who wanted to lug that old couch back home? You know you sold it to the frat kids down the street!)
By a stroke of luck (aka my parents), we needed to sell our washer and dryer. Now, this obviously doesn’t happen all the time (ever), but my parents were buying a new washer and dryer and offered their ‘old’ one to us. Their ‘old’ washer and dryer were roughly 5 years old or less. Our washer and dryer? I’m going to guess they were pushing 20 years old… A no brainer!
Using Craigslist to your Advantage
After researching on Craigslist how much other washer and dryers in our condition were going for, B decided he could probably get $100 for ours. The washer worked well, but our dryer was definitely declining rapidly. However, B set the price at $160, already knowing people do not want to pay asking price on Craigslist (and you shouldn’t! Always haggle!)
We’ve bought and sold a few things already on Craigslist, and the one thing we’ve learned is to schedule your post for the weekend. While you will get some bites during the week, more people are looking on the weekend because more people are at home, and not at work. You’ll want to include pictures too, even if ‘every washer and dryer looks the same’ – yes, I’ve heard people say that to me. It doesn’t matter! Just post pictures, everyone likes pictures! Plus, it’s Craigslist. People want to know you’re actually selling a washer and dryer, and you’re not some creepy person looking to lure them into your lair.
Within minutes, B already had a few offers and had scheduled someone to pick up our washer and dryer for $140 – yes, just $10 less than we paid for our tickets.
Craigslist is a Fickle Mistress
By now, you may be tempted to stop reading and say, hooray, they sold some stuff online and got their concert paid for. Well, Craigslist is really never that easy. If you’ve sold on Craigslist before, you probably already know what’s coming next: we got stood up by the person who wanted to buy our washer and dryer for $140, and by the next person who wanted to pay $120.
Yes, it was a whole day later and we still hadn’t sold our washer/dryer. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, but the following day, my parents’ old washer and dryer was supposed to be delivered, and we didn’t want to indefinitely store our washer and dryer in our garage.
Several hours later, we finally did end up selling our washer and dryer for $120. A few minutes after the man picked up and hauled off our washer/dryer, B received a text from someone offering $160.
And that’s the thing about Craigslist – there are always regrets. Could we have gotten more for the washer and dryer? Maybe. But we did get $120 and, from there, B was inspired to sell an old chair of ours that, while not useful to us anymore, was useful to someone else for $40.
That’s the long story of how we are able to go to the Black Keys concert in November for free. While this isn’t possible all the time, as you only have a finite number of things you can sell in your house before it’s empty, selling your old furniture online is definitely an option if you’d like to declutter your house and make some extra money.
Other Sites to Visit
In addition to Craigslist, you may also want to check out the following sites to sell your items:
- eBay – I like to sell smaller items on eBay, since you do have to pack up your stuff and ship it
- I’ve read about Gone, a service where you take pictures of your items for sale, add a description, then ship them off with boxes sent to you by Gone. I haven’t tried them yet, but you can read an article about them here on TechCrunch.
- ThredUp is an online consignment store that sells women’s clothes, bags, and shoes. I haven’t tried it yet either, but I’ve heard it’s great for selling gently used clothes you don’t wear anymore.