Ebay has been a life saver for me. Eleven years ago when my ex husband left and I had 2 babies and a teenager I had just had Tyler my youngest and could only go back to work part time, I had to pay a mortgage and all the other payment that go along with keeping house, it was quite a struggle.
I had relatives come to stay and they were always buying and selling on ebay and they said why dont you give it a go, at that time I didnt even know how to use my email I barely used my mobile phone and they wanted me to try ebay ugh.
Things were so tight financially that I decided I would give it a go they wrote down everything on a piece of paper step by step how to sell, not that they really needed to as it actually leads you through the process step by step when you click on sell a item.
I dont think I ever looked back.
As money was tight I often visited opp shops to clothe myself and the kids I started of by putting a few of the kids items on there that they had grown out of, then some of mine.
Every now and then I would pick up something from the opp shop just to put on ebay it would usually be brand name items, Ive dabbled in making jewellery out of old jewellery and sold quite a bit on there when the kids were young.
Ive mainly sold clothes though.
I even taught my Dad how to sell on ebay now he loves it, he has dabbled in selling books and now he sells old postcards.
I now have a store on ebay which I only started last year and im quite happy with that at the moment.
It has helped me pay for school fees and what not.
I usually list once a week, I oppshop each week only on my way to places that I usually go to then bring the items home and place them in my spare room on a rack
The kids usually know if something doesnt fit anymore or when we are having a spring clean it goes into the ebay room for me to sort for either ebay , the opp shop or our garage sale.