Moving is the perfect time to line your wallet and lighten your load. Not only can you save time, money, and energy by having less to ship on the move truck, you’ll also score the pizza money every good move requires and perhaps quite a bit more. Below are some useful outlets for selling your unwanted items before a move.
Craigslist: Posting a listing on Craigslist is as easy as writing a description and uploading a picture. There is no charge for most listings on this site. Since Craigslist generally involves face to face purchases from people in your own area, it is especially useful when selling furniture and other large items that buyers would not want to pay to ship.
Ebay: While originally known for its online auction, Ebay has evolved to include a variety of ways to sell, including traditional listings with set prices. While just about anything can be sold on Ebay, items that ship affordably are your best bet. Rare items including everything from vintage concert t-shirts to precious antiques to collectible toys tend to be hot items to sell via this website.
Facebook: Search your Facebook account for local buy/sell/trade sites that allow you to sell items to people within your own community. If you are an avid Facebook user, the ease and familiarity of using this format to buy and sell may be perfect for you. If you live in or near the Great Bull City, check out The Durham County Online Yard Sale Group.
Thredup: Thredup, the world’s largest online thrift store, will not only buy your clothing, they will pay the shipping for you to send it to them. Just order a shipping bag from their site, and send it full of clothing for them to review at no cost to you. If they decide they want what you sent, they will either pay you upfront or consign your items. But be warned, they are very selective. They will only take brand name, current styles, in excellent condition. Anything they don’t take won’t be returned to you unless you are willing to pay a fee to ship it back. If you are ready to let go of some items that meet their standards, it may be worth a shot to get some extra cash rather than hauling them all to your new location.
Amazon: When selling books and records, Amazon is a useful online site to use. When you list an item, Amazon will let you know who else is selling the same items and for how much so that your pricing will be competitive. There is no charge to list, but Amazon will charge a small fee when the item sells. Since most movers charge by the weight of what is shipped, selling heavy books before the move is smart for your wallet and probably for your back too.
Play It Again Sports: If your garage is cluttered with bikes, baseball bats and ice skates you no longer use, it may be time to take a trip to Play It Again Sports. Located in most metropolitan areas, this national chain buys quality sporting goods and gear for cash on the spot. Pack up your basketballs, tennis racket, and that surfboard you won’t be using once you move to Michigan, and make a stop at Play It Again Sports to trade in some of your used equipment for cash.
Consignment Stores: Consignment stores exist for selling everything from kids and adult clothing to furniture and household goods. Check your local listings, and give them a call to see what types of items they will take. They will sort through your items and choose what is most sellable in their store. Your items will remain for sale in their store for an agreed upon time, and they will pay you a percentage for any items that sells during that time. Most will return your items if they don’t sell, but every store has its own policies so read your consignment agreement carefully to be sure you understand and agree to their consignment policy before you sell there.
Consignment Sales: While most consignment sales involve selling children’s items, there are others popping up now selling women’s, men’s, household, and furniture. These sales require the seller to enter items online and tag them to be put into a large sale usually lasting from 1-2 weeks. If your items sell during the sale, you will receive a portion of the selling price. Typically you can pick up any items that don’t sell at the end of the sale period. Some advantages of choosing a consignment sale over a consignment store are a higher earning percentage for your merchandise and a quicker turnaround. The down side, you will be required to enter your items, tag them, hang them, deliver them, and pick them up afterward. You can expect to work harder for those extra dollars in your pocket.
Wherever you decide to sell your unwanted items, remember that the force is with you. After all, one man gathers what another man spills . . . .
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