Cleaning out and decluttering at home is a great feeling. I love when the house looks neat and tidy, like there’s enough room for everything we own. But what to do with all the items I weed out? There are a few options, but if you’re looking to make some extra cash, reselling your clutter is the best way to go.
If you just want to get rid of everything, by all means, donate. Thrift stores will gladly take donations, and you can get a receipt of what you donated for a tax write-off. Also, if you have some items that are still useable but not great enough to sell privately, donating is a good option. You don’t want to donate items that are torn or stained, but there is a place for donating more worn items. For example, a crafty person might buy a faded sweater for its beautiful embellishments or fantastic buttons that are still in great shape.
However, if you have items you want to sell, it’s not hard to do. I often use local Facebook groups to resell our extra stuff. It’s as easy as posting a picture, description and price. One great thing about Facebook groups is you usually have to be approved (or known) by one of the members to join, which means there is a very low chance of scams. Also, people can be removed from the group if they don’t follow the rules. For me, it feels more secure than using a site like Craigslist, where anyone can post. A similar app is VarageSale. With VarageSale, you can mark categories you’re interested in so you only see the items related to what you’re looking for. If you choose to sell using one of these methods, make sure you designate a safe meeting spot. I often use our library parking lot or a busy shopping area.
Another way to resell used items is through consignment stores or sales. If you don’t want to meet up with people, this may be a better option for you. However, the shop receives a portion of the sale so you won’t make as much money. I buy and sell kids’ items at a local consignment sale twice a year. I may get a little less money, but overall it’s an easy place to sell clothing for kids.
A third option is a garage sale. You don’t have to haul your items anywhere. But, you have to set up tables and price everything. This isn’t an option I choose, because I don’t have room to store stuff throughout the year until garage sale season. Also, when I declutter I want to make sure the clutter goes, not just move it to the basement for a garage sale in seven or eight months.
If you’re planning to resell items, here are a few tips to make your items more desirable and sell quickly.
- Grouping items together sometimes gets a quicker sale. For example, I have two Little People toys I will advertise for four dollars each or seven dollars for the set. A set is often more desirable and worth the trip. When priced correctly, people feel like they are saving money. And if you end up selling them separately, you earned an extra dollar!
- Always take pictures of your items looking their best. I NEVER buy something that has a description reading, “Works great, just needs cleaned up.” To me that says they didn’t take good care of it, and can I really be sure it works great if they couldn’t be bothered to clean it? When your items look their best, it’s clear they’re coming from a clean and caring home. Along the same lines, clear items or photos of anything extra. Once in a while I see a table for sale, but in the photo the table is so covered with junk you can’t even see what color it is. Who’s going to buy that?
- Many things sell well in lots, such clothes, sewing supplies, small toys, etc. Sometimes shoes do, too – especially children’s shoes.
- Keep the info of collectors you sell to. Then, if you have something of that type to sell in the future, you can contact them directly and ask if they’re interested. An example is vintage Pyrex. I once sold a woman a Pyrex dish, and she commented she had a collection. The next time I had a dish to sell, I messaged her about it before I listed publicly. There are a few nice things about doing this:
- It’s easier to sell to someone you’ve sold to before. You’ve already established a meeting place and aren’t total strangers anymore. If they were happy with what they got from you before, they will feel confident buying from you again.
- I don’t have to negotiate price when I go to someone individually. I have always gotten my full asking price when selling privately. If people ask for a lower price, I tell them I’d rather not negotiate at this point because the item hasn’t been for sale publicly. Most people don’t want to miss out, so they will go ahead and buy. Just to be clear, I don’t overprice to take advantage of this situation, but I definitely don’t underprice, either.
Reselling used items that still have a lot of life is a great way to clear out clutter and earn some extra money, too. What’s your favorite way to resell extra things from around the house?