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Holding a garage sales take a lot of time. They’re a lot of work, and, well, you kind of need to have a garage (or access to one). You also need to live where people can find you. It’s hard to have a garage sale when you live in the woods.
And then, of course, there’s the fact that summer is short, and a lot of us have better things to do then put price tags on our stuff and sit in a garage all day selling them.
Fortunately, there are other ways to get rid of your stuff and raise some cash while you do it.
Try these options:
Sell it on consignment. If you’ve got quality clothing or furniture, consider taking it to a consignment shop to sell. You won’t get paid until the item sells, but you will have the satisfaction of having it cleared out of the house.
Sell it on eBay. eBay is a classic place to sell your stuff. It does take a bit of time to take pictures, right descriptions, and package things up to mail. But if you have a unique, in-demand item, it’s well worth the time invested.
Sell it on Amazon. If your item has a UPC on it, there’s a good chance it could already be in Amazon’s huge database. That means you get to sell your item without needing to spend time taking photos or writing descriptions of your items. Amazon works great for things like books, CDs, DVDs, and video games. If you’re willing to pay a bit more, you can even ship all your stuff to Amazon and have them handle dealing with your buyers.
Sell it on Craigslist. If you’ve got furniture, vehicles, or other larger items to sell, Craigslist can be a very useful way to sell your stuff.
Sell it on Facebook. There are plenty of local Facebook groups that allow you to list items you have for sale. You simply list your items with a photo and a price, and when you have a buyer you arrange to meet up to exchange the goods for cash.
Sell it in the classifieds. Your local newspaper can be a great place to list sought-after items like vehicles, campers, and furniture. Check to see if there are discounts available for running an ad multiple times.
Sell your stuff via word of mouth. Put the word out that you’re selling some stuff. Someone you know just might need what you don’t. Consider offering up a large collection (like kids clothing) for a flat rate and see if you have any takers. They’ll get a great deal, and you won’t have to individually sell a bunch of stuff!
When deciding where to sell your stuff, consider your primary motivation. If making the most money possible is your goal, then you’ll want to avoid selling your items in places that don’t pay as well or require you to pay listing fees or a cut of the sale. If your mission is to get rid of your stuff, then find the simplest way to do that. No sense in spending a lot of time on something you just want to see gone as soon as possible.
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