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I have recently joined a number of Buy Swap Sell sites on Facebook that service the local areas. Once you join, then random sales appear in your news feeds. At times i was amazed at some of the things people were selling… AND buying! (old crockery, used clothes and toys etc). Some things are new too and going at great prices. We all have some new stuff tucked away in our cupboards… You know, like that kettle your aunt bought you for your engagement decades back, but it never matched with your kitchen decor but you didn’t have the heart to get rid of it and felt too embarrassed to rewrap and give to someone else. Or those kids clothes you have that your baby wore once and then had some steroid level growth spurt and couldn’t fit into it the next time you tried it on! Or even that toy your child enjoyed so much and although looks a little ‘loved’ it still has lots of life left in it for another young child.
Well… These BSS sites turn what you think is your ‘crap’ into someone else’s ‘bargain’… And you make some easy pocket money, to use on the kids, or yourself, or save for a weekend away or family pass to the yearly Show or a new XBox… Whatever! Just think about it… If you had 10 items you sold for $5 each… You’ve made a quick $50! And who knows… You may even find something you might like… And for the price of a coffee!
It’s a very easy way to make some easy money to spend on whatever you want, which for many stay at home mums, isn’t always a luxury that is available. What’s best is there are no selling fees. No auctions. It’s first in best dressed and pick up is always local! Get on it!


Posted by ritareet, 9th January 2015


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  • Yes, there is always someone who wants the things you don’t.

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  • Thanks for the info, I’ll be joining some BSS sites now. I have plenty of junk, hopefully someone finds them treasures!

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  • I had a bag of ‘junk’ from my mums house sitting in my shed. We had a backyard bonfire one weekend and this bag was meant for the fire. Luckily, my son fossicked through it and found 2 lovely little watches. Neither work, but both are made by a famous jeweller, who no longer does jewellery, and my son can only find in museums. A treasure for sure, that was classed as trash

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  • I need to get my butt into gear and start getting serious

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  • I always get fed up with people that say sold then arrange a pick up day and then never turn up it kind of puts you off selling anything again

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  • Oh I really need to get onto these.. Just haven’t found anything onfacebook yet.

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  • What groups did you join? Could you share them with us?


    • I live in the west of Melbourne so have joined sites that service my surrounding area only. I find these sites on Facebook. If you type in the search bar “buy swap sell…” And then write the name of your suburb or next suburb from you, lots of options should come up. Select them and request to join. It’s best to join ones that are in your suburb or neighbouring suburbs as you will get a greater response rate as people are less likely going to want to travel 30mins to buy the smaller items. And visa versa with reguard to you purchasing.

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  • I have sold lots in this manner a girlfriend got me onto it a while ago and I can’t believe how much money I have put aside. It is a little more time consuming than a garage sale, that is over with on the day, but people certainly generally pay more money than at garage sales.

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  • my husband wanted a super nintendo. he paid $100 for one! old systems are worth money!

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  • totally agree! it really is amazing the things people try to sell and the things people buy! We have only just tried selling a few things on buy swap and sell pages and its amazing that things are sole within an hour of posting.

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  • This is so true I’ve only stared doing it an it’s amazing what people will buy off these sites

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  • Interesting read…thank you. As you mention – it all adds up.

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  • I used to live in an area where BSS was very lucrative. I bought tins of stuff of there from furniture to bikes and when I moved I sold most of my unwanted stuff on there too. I have now moved to a major city and found that BSS are not as common here, you would think it would be the opposite. I miss my daily BSS fix.

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  • Certainly seems like the way to go, I love a good bargain and financial good thinking.

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  • I am just about to move home – this might be a good way to leave behind those items that we don’t really need – and pay for the moving fees!

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