How to Sell Unwanted Items Before Your Move?
What better way to make some money for your moving expenses than by selling any unwanted items you currently own? Besides, you might be lucky enough to have a small profit left over if you follow these tips!
Beginning the Selling Process
Even if you’ve found the perfect method of selling your unwanted items, you’re going to need to figure out which items you want to bring with you to the new house, and which items you will want to sell off before you move away.
- There are a few methods you can use to help you decide what items you should sell. When going through your items, from clothes to cookware, ask yourself if you have used each item within the past year. If the answer is no, sell it.
- Another great tip for sorting out your wanted and unwanted clothes? Turn all of the hangers in your closet backward so that the outer hook is facing you. As you use each item, place it back in your closet the normal way you would. As you get closer to your moving date, look to see which hooks have been turned back and which have not. All the clothes on the outward-facing hooks have not been used recently, so you probably would be wise to get rid of them.
- Don’t have a maybe pile. The longer you keep an object sitting around your house, the more you’ll get attached to it, and you will probably end up keeping it. It will take up a precious room while you pack, and once you get to your new home, chances are you’ll realize you never really needed the item at all. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.
Have a Garage Sale
While almost every American will either host or at least attend a garage sale at least once in their life, there are certain steps you can take to ensure a greater turnout and larger profit from your own garage sale.
- Use the right wording for your sale. Cardboard signs with the words “garage sale” on them aren’t exactly inviting. They can be tacky and overused – you might post your sign only to have three more people post the exact same sign later in the day! Try to market your event as an “Estate Sale”, as this will imply there are more valuable items to be sold since it implies you are liquidating the contents of your house.
- Stay organized. Follow the same rules as most retail stores have implemented. Place the most exciting and eye-catching items closest to the road, so people will be more likely to stop and peruse your sale. If you’re selling books or clothes, be sure not to stack them too high, or people will fear toppling them over and therefore will stay away from such products.
- Choose a good location. If you happen to currently live near a busy intersection or highway, great! This will ensure heavy traffic will pass by your sale. However, if you live out of the way, consider asking a close friend or relative to host your garage sale at their house, if it experiences more traffic.
- Advertise wisely. In addition to Craigslist and your local newspaper, be sure to send out emails to friends and family, and post on sites such as weekendtreasure.com, garagesalehunter.com, and yardsalesearch.com.
- Pick an optimal date. Friday and Saturday mornings are unsurprisingly the most common dates to hold a garage sale, as they are timed to fit in with the average family’s free time. Try Thursday or Sunday mornings too, if your schedule will allow for it. No matter what day you choose, try to keep your sale in the morning, as it will still be cool out, and people won’t have to interrupt their day just to attend your sale.
There are always good online resources at your disposal. Use tried and true websites such as ebay.com or Craigslist.org. There are also specialty sites that you can sell your collectible items on. These will almost always get you a good profit, as people will pay higher for rare items being sold on a reputable specialty site.
Pawn Shops and Thrift Stores
- Pawn shops will always gladly take some of your items off your hands, giving you access to a quick (but usually small) profit. Just be sure to steer clear of any potential scams by screening your local pawn shops on the Better Business Bureau website.
- Thrift stores are also known as second-hand stores, resale shops, and opportunity shops. Don’t let all the names confuse you, as they all serve to take in your unwanted goods and resell them back to the community. Some thrift stores only receive free donations, but there are more than a few who will willingly purchase your unwanted items if they think they can make a profit on it as well. If you live in California, Oregon, Washington, or Washington D.C., check out your nearest Crossroads Trading Company store. They will pay you for your clothes and accessories, including shoes, purses, and jewelry.
Flea markets have been around for a long time, due in large part to how successful they are. You will have to rent out space for a stall, but flea markets are so regularly attended by so many people that you should have no trouble selling your goods and not only making back your money but making a profit as well. Check out fleamarketzone.com to find a comprehensive list of all the flea markets that are nearest to your location.
Once you’ve figured out which items you can sell without missing terribly, and have successfully done so, you can get on with the moving process. It will be less overwhelming if you have fewer items to pack. As you get settled into your new home, you’ll realize that you really don’t need a whole lot of things, at least initially, to be comfortable in your new home.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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