Are you on Facebook? Then you already have the tools to raise money for your adoption at your fingertips! Consider selling items around your house that you rarely or never use on Facebook sale groups. We’ll tell you how in this post…
Selling items via Facebook sale group posts saves you the time and effort of organizing, pricing, advertising, and dragging items out for a yard sale. It’s a good idea to ask your family, friends, and co-workers that you’re close with for their help in your adoption fundraising Facebook posts. They can give you household items, clothing, equipment, and other items that they’re ready to get rid of. Then, you post the items and make money towards your adoption. Bonus points if they post the items for you AND give you the proceeds!
To get started, find Facebook sale groups near you. Type in the name of your area or town and words like “sale”, “buy,” or “selling” in the search box at the top of Facebook. Or, you can browse the Groups Discover area on Facebook. It’s a good idea to get in as many groups as you can and “cross post”, meaning the item is posted to multiple groups. To start selling, click ‘Join group’, and an admin of the group should approve you within 24 hours. Once you’ve joined, Facebook will suggest similar groups. Before posting an item, read the rules located at the top of each group. The rules will tell you things like the types of items allowed, how many you can list, and how often you can ‘bump’ items (comment underneath so they rise to the top).
Then, snap two to three photos of the item you’re selling. Make sure to take the photos in good lighting. You might consider editing the photos afterwards to sharpen and enhance them. Then, post away! Put in as many details as you can about the item, such as size, dimensions, and flaws. If you’re unsure what to charge for your item, trying looking on eBay to see what similar items are going for. Or search for similar items on local Facebook groups. You can post your item to multiple groups, but it’s good manners to include this detail…just type “cross-posted” in the description.
Once you’re posting items for sale, you might get confused when you see other people commenting things like “NIL.” So, we’ve broken down some of the most commonly-used acronyms in Facebook sale groups for you:
- PPU – Pending Pick Up (means that item is reserved, and the seller has a meet up arranged to buy the item)
- BUMP – stands for “bring up my post”. This is used for items that have been posted for awhile; it brings your item to the top of the group’s feed.
- NIL – stands for “next in line” – people use this when someone else has expressed interest in the item before them, but they’d like to be next in line in case that sale falls through
- EUC – Excellent Used Condition
- NWT – new with tags
- NWOT – new without tags
- ISO – stands for “in search of” – the person who posts “ISO” is looking for that item, not selling.
- PM – private message
The first person to comment on your item gets dibs. They may private message you to your secret “message requests” folder in Facebook. Facebook uses “message requests” to prevent spam, but messages from buyers outside your circle of friends can end up there too.
Stay safe: remember, everyone in the group can see what you post and comment. So, don’t post publicly where your item can be picked up or where you’d like to meet up to sell the item. Send a direct message to the buyer to arrange a meet up to sell your item. And, it’s smart to meet in a public place to make the sale (not your home). Always ask to be paid in cash. If the buyer has your bank account details, it increases the risk of fraud on you. And with checks, you’ve got no guarantees the check will clear.
Consider buying baby and toddler items for your soon-to-be adopted baby on Facebook sale groups. It’ll help you save loads of cash over buying new items! There’s lots of gently-used baby clothes, toys, and gear on sale groups.
As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.