This post was in collaboration with quicksales.com.au
With Australia Day celebrations still winding down around the country I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with my Aussie readers a fantastic online buy and sell site for the Australian consumer that I recently discovered.
I'm a huge fan of buying second hand…especially toys and items for around the home and garden. I've also recently begun to appreciate the extra money that selling some of our baby clothes and equipment online can bring into the household budget (Sorry to disappoint any family members reading this but no there will not be any more babies from me 😉 ).
I am a bit of a scrooge though and don't like to pay a lot of fees and jump through a lot of hoops just to sell my own items, probably why my stockpile has been growing over the past 3 years!
Quicksales is like an Australian version of ebay except that as well as auctions (both buy and sell) you can also do direct buying and selling and there is also a local classified section to explore. And, (my personal favourite part) is that it is free to use and offers a safe and efficient selling and trading experience for consumers. Yes, you heard me, free to use...and Australian…and easy to use!
Quicksales is based in Melbourne and is Australian owned. I like the way the categories are set out and after giving the search feature a bit of a workout I can confidently say that you should have a pretty good chance at finding what you are looking for! I do warn you though that it is quite easy to get lost ‘browsing' for that next bargain. A perfectly acceptable use of your time though when you need to secure that perfect piece you haven't been able to find in the shops!
That's one of the things I like about shopping online, I can grab my cuppa (yes, I hear you snorting…I did in fact mean glass of wine) settle down after the twins are in bed and the teen has stopped asking me about the next driving lesson and just lose myself in the beauty of bargain hunting. No toilet trips, no sticky fingers demanding more sticky things to keep quiet, no whining voices as we pass yet another of those pay $2 ride thingy's (seriously, how many of those things can you put in a suburban shopping centre?) no hauling in and out of carseats only to realise we have left Dolly and Elmo in a shop or toilet somewhere…..*shudder* You might be getting the picture that I don't love shopping with my twins and you would be right. I know, feel free to judge me as a mother but I still don't like it!
Frankly, I believe that's why we often end up with Christmas gifts that we don't really want from well meaning family and friends. It's because all over Australia at that time of year stressed and tired parents are trying to get the Christmas shopping finished in record time so they can get their ‘challenging' offspring out of the shops and car and pour themselves a well deserved glass of red as they sit shaking in a corner at home.
So we quite often end up with gifts to give that in all honesty we know other people won't really want or use but at least we got to cross our list off and survive another day of the silly season!
If you were the recipient of one of those gifts, first take the time to acknowledge they probably did the best they could under trying circumstances and then get yourself online and head over to Quicksales and their Resale Revival page! It's such a great idea, you just list your unwanted gift and make a little money from it to perhaps buy something you really want…and you don't get caught regifting or having to explain that you think the gift is awful so everyone wins really.
If you aren't comfortable with keeping the money to buy something else then why not give it to your favourite charity? I'm sure they will appreciate it more than the back of your wardrobe.
So next time you find yourself the recipient of an unwanted gift even though you appreciate the thought and love behind it you know what to do don't you? You will hide that grimace with a sweet smile and accept that gift with grace….because you know that later you will be jumping online to list that unwanted gift for free on the Quicksales Resale Revival page and you haven't had to hurt anyone's feelings in the process!
Now you'll have to excuse me as I'm off to raid the baby gear again….someone will want all those pink pairs of clothes I'm sure…..
You can also find Quicksales on Facebook .
What unwanted gift would you try to sell on the resale revival page?
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Chelsea Lee Smith says
Wow I’ve never heard of Quicksales!! Perfect timing as we’ve just done a big clean out and the stuff is sitting in the garage since I hadn’t decided what to do with it. Thanks for sharing.
Danya atDanyaBanya says
I didn’t realise they were an Aussie company!
Rachel Brown says
Oh wow, I had no idea that it was free and that simple. I’ve popped over now and it looks great! Thanks so much for introducing me to quicksales.
I’m huge on buying second hand (as in, almost everything in our home is thrifted) so this will surely be an awesome resource for me!
Ness - One Perfect Day says
I had no idea Quicksales was an Aussie site and that they were free. I have just finished a huge clean out of our spare room and did not have the energy to list everything on ebay. I think this will be much simpler. Thanks for the info!