Where and How to Sell Your Used Items
Have you noticed your home slowly piling up with things you no longer use or need? Selling your used items, from furniture to clothing, is not only a good way of clearing up space in your home, but it’s also a nice way to earn a few bucks at the same time. It’s easier than ever to do so, too. Here are the ways you can sell of your used items.
These days, heading to the Internet is perhaps the easiest option for getting rid of your things. Not only is it convenient–you don’t need to leave your home!–but you also have the potential for reaching a larger audience than through any other method. The big online go-tos are eBay and Craigslist, though those certainly aren’t your only options. Facebook even has a section called Marketplace that lets you list your wares to people in your community. This is a great way to get your things in front of the eyes of people who are close to you and use Facebook (who doesn’t nowadays?).
There are a few things to remember when putting an ad up online. Depending on what you’re selling, include good photos from different angles to increase your chances of a potential buyer getting in touch. You’ll want to have a good idea of how much you’re looking to get from whatever you’re selling, but expect to haggle a little bit with whomever shows interest. Also, be wary of giving out your personal information online; try to meet up in a public place if possible.
Maybe you don’t like the idea of going online to sell your stuff, and you’d rather do things in a more old-fashioned manner. Not a problem – there are still a few ways you can make the sale offline. For instance, holding a yard sale is a popular method that’s especially useful if you have a lot to get rid of. Perhaps you can even organize a community-wide yard sale, which will be more likely to draw in potential buyers.
Of course, a yard sale isn’t always going to work out. You might not have the space for it, or the weather might not allow you to stay outside for long. There is another way, though it may take a little elbow grease. Many places around town should have bulletin boards where you can hang an ad for the things you’re selling. So, head on over to the copiers to get some fliers made! Again, think about any personal information you’re willing to give out.
Thrift Stores and Consignment Shops
If nobody seems to be biting, you still have a few options left. It’s worth checking out your local shops to see if you can sell your wares. For smaller items that are easy to transport, this might just be the key to getting rid of your things that no one else wants. But for larger items, like furniture, you’re not likely to make a deal unless the buyer can see what he’s getting, which could mean trudging across town with a truck for the day.
Keep in mind that if your items show too much sign of wear, or if they’re just not in great demand, you’re not likely to have a lot of luck in selling them off to a shop. In this case, don’t throw them out! Instead, consider donating your things to a local charity or shelter. While you won’t be making money on your sale, you will be helping out someone in need. That’s something you can’t quite put a price on.