Spring cleaning season has arrived, just before the winter months and hibernation kicks in. Before you toss out your old outfits and outdated devices that you think are worthless, consider that these may be someone else’s treasures and may be worth something.
Selling items or having a garage sale might be in the back of your mind, but the idea of actually preparing for an event can put most people off. The key is to know what sells and where. Do a bit of homework to find out how much you can sell the item for. While garage sales are still a popular way to clear out junk, there are many more convenient options that can turn your old items into cash.
Turning to online options can be the perfect way to sell unwanted items. In most cases, you write a short description, upload an image, set up a profile and then you are on your way. Some of the more popular sites include:
- Gumtree: great for selling second hand furniture and household items like fridges and washing machines
- EBay: if you have antiques or collectors only items eBay is a great place to sell
- Facebook: has some 2nd hand and clothes swapping pages
- Amazon: sell your second hand text books or fiction books
Tip: Be sure to research the postage costs of items you will be sending via mail, as you don’t want to be out of pocket when sending the item. It’s a good idea to arrange for pickup only If you are selling larger objects.
Car-boot sales and markets are among popular options, especially if you have a large quantity of items you are wishing to sell. This can also be a good way to sell items as bundle packages, and or if you have a large number of items to showcase.
Tip: Be prepared as people will want to bargain and haggle the price. It’s best to know your lowest price before starting the market for you still want to make a profit. Having price tickets on everything will make it easier also, as things can move out at a fast pace.
Many second-hand dealers will deal in a broad range of second-hand goods; this can include thrift and charity stores and auction houses. Some local second-hand stores are willing to take good quality items off your hands for a reasonable price, clothing, accessories and odd bits and pieces do well with these stores.
Tip: Any vintage items usually do well at second hand stores and are often in high demand, so be sure to do your research on these before approaching the store.
The old time favourite is still a winner when it comes to getting rid of your unwanted items fast and making some cash on the weekend. Once you have informed people in your neighbourhood and surrounding areas that you are hosting one, then it’s just a matter of rounding up friends to help you set up in your front yard or street.
Tip: Add a personal touch to your garage sale by offer biscuits and refreshments; it may sway your customers into buying a little more.
Some items are destined for the tip or the recycling bin but others are perfect for selling and bringing in some extra cash.
It’s important to remember that “One person’s junk can become someone else’s treasure”. Selling your unwanted items can go a long way in helping pay off your bills this month.