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Selling Unwanted Items

Posted by cgreitz84 on November 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Getting rid of stuff you don't want to move


   When you begin your move you are probably going to run into a few things you haven't seen in years. Some items you realize you don't need anymore, and in these penny pinching times, some items you don't find worth moving. When you run across these items you have 2 options.

One is to give items to charity, this is a great option if you can afford it. Don't forget that most charities will give you donation slips, and some may even come to your door to pick up donated items. With that being said, charities won't take all your unwanted items so you will need to figure out what to do with those particular items.


What to sell

  • Obviously this depends on your individual circumstances, and almost anything can be put up for sale or donated.
  • Furniture like sofas, television stands, desks, etc.
  • Appliances, even scrapped can fetch a pretty penny, such as air conditioners, fridges, etc.
  • Electronics, i.e. televisions, video games + consoles, computers, etc.
  • Board games, gaming tables, etc.


Where to sell


  • First and foremost, there is the ever present yard sale / garage sale. This cuts out the middle man, prevents shipping costs, and can fetch a bigger pay-day then a lot of the other options. The downside is there is a lot of set-up involved. Days of planning, making signs, setting up tables, etc. but it is still one of the best options. If there is anything that remains unsold afterwards you can always use one of the following methods.
  • The internet is possible the second best option. E-bay, Craigslist, etc. are reputable places to sell unwanted items. Using the internet can give you quick sales and regulated prices, and since your ad is up all over the world you don't have to hope that people show up to your yard sale. To do this effectively you need to take good pictures of your items, and you will probably have to pay for shipping costs, but this is still one of the best ways to sell your items
  • Flea markets / Farmers markets rent stands over the weekend, generally for very little money, where you can set up and sell your stuff to a wide audience, you don't have to worry about advertising your sale, and they generally have protection from weather so you don't have to think about rain days.
  • Last but not least is Pawn shops, you won't get the best price here because they are in the business of reselling your items. So in general expect to get half of what it is actually worth. They also have a relatively low range of items they will actually buy. It can be a quick way to sell your stuff though if you don't want to put all the extra work of a yard sale.
  • A variation on the pawn shop is Second Hand shops, again you won't get top dollar for your items but they will buy all sorts of things from books to clothes and even kitchen equipment.


Selling your items will not only make your move quicker, cheaper and easier, but you also get to put a little cash back in your pocket.

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