I hope you’ve been following along on our new series, Taking Back Your Home. As I mentioned earlier, you can’t even begin to talk about organizing until you’ve gone through and decluttered first (you can read about decluttering here)! Assuming you’ve decluttered, where do you go to sell and/or donate your items?
“Happiness is a place between too little and too much.” ~Finnish Proverb
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What about all the other items you’ve been sorting through? Have you thrown a lot in the trash? Did you discover you have some items you no longer want but you know they’re worth a lot of money? How do you even know whether to sell your unwanted stuff versus donating them?
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Because there’s so much information, this will be divided into two sections. Today we’ll be looking at selling your items, and a week from today we’ll look at donating your items.
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Most people automatically think they’ll go ahead and sell their items to make extra money. But stop and think a minute. Do you have the time and energy to do all that’s needed to sell what you have? Is your time worth the listings, monitoring it, packaging it up and sending it off UPS or USPS? Obviously, selling local would be best, especially with toys, clothes, and other inexpensive items. Here’s a list of some places to consider for selling your items, courtesy of Money Talks News and Clark.com.
- eBay – 10% of selling fee
- Bonanza – 3.5% selling fee under $500 and $17.50 plus 1.5% over $500
- eBid – Never more than 3% of final selling price
- Etsy – Great place to sell vintage items (anything over 20 years old), $.20 cents to list an item, 3.5% of sale price, and 3% plus $.25 cents for payment processing. It has 54 million members and over 22 million shoppers. The link will show you Etsy’s vintage section.
- Facebook Marketplace – You can list and sell just about anything here, plus there are thousands of Facebook yard sale groups you can join. It’s a great site to sell and buy local.
- Craigslist – Most everything is free to buy and sell, and it’s perfect for remaining local. It also has a place to list FREE items if you just want to get rid of it.
Apps for Selling
Check with your local consignment stores to see what they will or will not take. Your items may or may not sell, and if they don’t sell, many will donate your items after a period of time unless you specifically tell them you’ll pick up what doesn’t sell. Also know that each consignment store takes a percentage of your sale, some as much as 50%. In addition, make sure your items are in very good condition: no cracks, chips, stains, rips, button missing, etc. If it’s clothing, make sure it’s still in style. Some stores don’t want clothes any older than 2-3 years old. Call and check with different stores.
This is a way to get money ASAP, but know that you won’t get anywhere near what your item is worth. Note that Pawn shops are a great place to get rid of collectibles, gold, firearms and musical instruments.
With spring just around the corner, yard sales will be making a presence once again. But beware, people expect to buy your things for practically nothing at all, so if you have expensive or collectible items to sell, you might have better luck selling it online. Also, after your yard sale is over, donate ALL remaining items. Don’t even consider bringing anything back into the house or your defeating the purpose of all the decluttering you went through! Don’t forget that Facebook has yard sales you can join, as well as the following: gsalr and Varage sale.
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT THE ONLINE OPTIONS LISTED BELOW EACH ONE:
- If you’re fortunate to have a used bookstore or one that buys used books near you, use them first!
- Half Price Books
- Amazon (Trade-in program)
Games & Movies
- Half Price Books
- Amazon (Trade-in program)
- Check with some of these local game chains if you live near them: GameStop and Play N Trade
Your best bet, other than Craigslist and Facebook would be to check with some of your local consignment shops. Again, check around on what they will and will not take and what percentage of the sale you’ll end up receiving. Furniture is a lot like automobiles. Once you have it delivered new, you’ll be lucky to get 50% for it. Check out this site to get an estimate Furniture Calculator.
China, Dishes, Crystal
Collectibles and Antiques
- If you have very valuable antiques or collection, you may want to contact a good auction house that specializes in what you’re selling.
- Check with local antique dealers and stores in your area. See if they’ll buy it outright or be willing to sell it on consignment.
- Check with retail shops that sell used items such as Play It Again Sports.
If you know of any other place where you might sell to, please leave in comments and I can add them to this list.
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Don’t forget to come back a week from now for my list of where to donate your items.