Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bring in Extra Dough for Your Wedding

As our economy dives into the depths of despair, I wanted to pass along a money-making strategy that Matt and I employed as we were planning our wedding: Sell your extraneous stuff on www.craigslist.com.

Now, I wish we didn't have extraneous stuff in the first place. It's unnecessary and wasteful. And so much energy and resources go into the production of stuff.

But we had extraneous stuff, so it made sense to sell it. Of the three Rs, reducing is the best, but reusing is the second best. We were happy to give our stuff a second chance in life.

Here's a running tally of what we sold:
  1. Two palm pilots (we bought them to track our students' progress in our classrooms, but we both ended up using our regular computers instead) = $300
  2. One inflatable pink kayak (purchased when I lived on the bayou in rural Louisiana) = $150
  3. One old Mac computer = $500
  4. One unopened kids' microscope I never used in my classroom = $75
  5. One math curriculum program I also bought for my classroom = $100
That was some serious cash. We financed half our wedding with our unwanted stuff!

Definitely consider this option if you're hard-pressed for cash. And definitely look on craigslist for random wedding items you're looking for.

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blind irish pirate said...

This is a great idea... I just need to find time to sort through all of our wedding crap!

Amanda said...

Also, craigslist is a great place to find vendors under the event services section. I've seen some amazing photographers at great rates as well as DJs, caterers, etc. A lot of them are just starting out and willing to make great deals.

I love craigslist!

Anonymous said...

Another good tip is, well for me as I am getting remarried, I sold my engagement ring from my previous marriage for a good deal at http://www.idonowidont.com and it was way easier than ebay. Worth checking out ladies!

Mrs. Andi said...

If you don't think you'll get any cash or don't need it for the wedding, you can also find a free taker by posting on your local Freecycle group! www.freecycle.org for the list of all groups around the world!

Anonymous said...

Amazon.com is a great resource if you have books, cds, dvds, etc. to get rid of. I've sold three books in the last two days and made $25. Amazon does take a fee, but in my experience items sell there more quickly than they do on ebay.

Alexa K said...

This is what we're doing as well! I can't wait to raise the extra cash!

As we're moving in together, we've got TONS of extra stuff that we just don't have the space for. I'm saying goodbye to a couch, a bass guitar, and TONS of kitchen stuff. Cha-ching!

Jen said...

This is a great idea. My fiance and I had been living together for some time and were on the brink of getting engaged right before we moved across the 4 states so I could start a new job after 5 months of unemployment. Together we came up with a plan to pull together some money for an engagement ring by having a huge garage sale, selling some items on craigslist and cashing in the change jar we'd been saving for a few years ... I'm so proud of the way we worked together to accomplish a goal that was important to both of us.

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