After months of looking at your packed closets, shelves, kitchen cabinets, your garage or any other storage space in your home, you’ve finally had enough and are ready to clear out the clutter.
Congratulations for getting the motivation for getting rid of things you no longer use! Not only will you make more room in your home and make it easier to find things, but you can turn your unused items into cash.
Following are 7 ways that you can sell your unused stuff.
1. Free Online Ads
Over the years I’ve sold many of my old items online. Everything from electronics & clothing, to furniture & household items – I sold them all online. There are numerous places to post your items online for free, but two of my favorites are:
Both sites are extremely easy to use. You can post pictures, add a short description and list your asking price, too. All of this can be done in less than 5 minutes per ad. Craigslist and Kijiji are the most popular places to sell your things online, and both offer great exposure.
2. Local Newspaper Classifieds
When searching for a place to advertise, consider the listing fee and features offered, such as number of words allowed and whether you can include a picture or not (pictures really help you to sell, so use them if you can). Also, don’t forget to ask if they include a free online listing with your print ad.
3. Yard Sales
For those who live in condominiums or townhomes, ask your local management about a community garage sale. Most condo properties hold once a year community garage sale.
Street garage sales are also gaining popularity. Get together with some neighbors and throw a street garage sale and watch your items sell effortlessly. It’s easy to have a successful yard sale and make some extra cash when you have a large audience – and you get large audiences by having lots of stuff for sale.
4. Online Stores
This can be collectibles of books, movies, music, trading-cards, and memorabilia. There are fees associated with online stores, which can be up to 15% of the selling price of your item.
This type of selling is not for your average Joe, as it involves more time and commitment, but in return you get extensive exposure. Good online stores to inquire at would be:
5. Local Stores
Create a nice ad on your computer (or by hand if you are good at that type of thing!), list your phone number in tear pads at the bottom of the ad, and post it on the bulletin.
This is a great way to get free exposure for your sale goods.
6. Pawn Shops
Keep in mind that the price you get may not be what you are looking for, simply because the pawn shop has to resell the item and make a profit as well.
Approach with confidence and don’t be afraid to walk away from the offer.
7. eBay Consignment Stores
Selling via this route works best for a small amount of items which you don’t have much time to sell. You take your item or have it picked up (if offered), agree on a price to sell and have the store sell it for you. Once the item is sold, they will take a commission from the sale.
Since you’ve finally had enough of all the excess stuff in your home and took on the big step of purging, you now have to find the best method or methods to sell your stuff.
Selling your stuff is one of the most simple ways to make some extra cash. Have fun with it! Get some friends or family members to help you out and keep it easy and stress-free.
Any cash you make is better than your old items sitting around, collecting dust, right?
What’s your favourite way to sell your stuff?