Clearing out your home helps you to get some of your space back, and it can be a clever way to make money too. While it’s easier to throw things away or box them up and keep them in storage, you could make a good amount of money by selling your things. In the past, you might have had a yard or garage sale to get people to buy your things. Now you have more options, including selling online. But deciding which method is best can be a little difficult. You can reach more people online, but you might also have to mail out your items. Consider the following choices before you start selling.
eBay and Listing Sites
The first choice for many people looking to sell some items is now often eBay or perhaps a listings site like Craigslist. You can list your items for auction or with a “buy now” price on eBay, or create a simpler ad on a listings site. Listing your item can involve a bit of work, especially if you want it to be noticed. You need some decent pictures and an accurate description. If you want to use eBay, try waiting until a time when there are no listing fees so you can save money. If you don’t want to mail anything, just list your things as “collection only.”
Social Media Selling Pages
Another way to sell online is through social media. There are various channels you can use, with Facebook being a popular one. You can create a page or group to list your items, which you can then share with your friends and leave open for other people to find if you want. It’s a good idea to exercise caution about who you share the page with. Firstly, some of your friends will find it annoying to be added to a group. Secondly, you need to be careful about interacting with anyone you don’t know. As well as setting up your own page, you can also find local selling groups that already exist.
Old-fashioned Yard Sales
Some people still like old-fashioned yard sales. They’re a good way to get to know your neighbors, and if you have good sales skills, it gives you the chance to use them in person. You’ll need to do some planning to get everything set up. Promoting your yard sale is important, or else you might not get anyone turning up. You can use a flyer maker to create and print some promotional materials. Share your flyer online, as well as displaying it locally in appropriate places. You might be able to put it in a local community center or attach it to a streetlight.
Specialist Buyers and Stores
You can also look for local stores and buyers that might purchase your things. For example, some places pay for clothes by weight. Some stores selling antiques or just interesting knick-knacks and curios might be interested in your things too.
Think about how much effort you want to put into selling your stuff and which method will earn you the most. You might value your time over money.