Get Rid, Get Paid, Part One

Posted on Mar 27 2012 - 11:36am by Jessica Johnson

Is it me, or does it seem that lately there is major excitement and interest over self-storage auctions? It has me thinking about cleaning out my own house (and garage) and freeing up some extra cash. But how? There are so many different ways to sell your stuff. Which makes the most sense and the most money?

Sometimes Old School is Better

The online world can be fickle. You spend hours taking pictures, uploading, editing, and writing descriptions and then… nothing. Nobody bids, no responses. You still have to pay the listing fees, but you got nothing in return. When trying to make some extra cash, this can be extremely frustrating.

Go old school. There are a lot of ways to sell your items the “old” way and still come away a winner. Some options include both online and offline tactics to get the biggest buck. Old doesn’t always mean outdated. Tried and true, the old ways work.

Consignment Shops

Find a consignment shop in your area that sells things that you would buy. That is a good indicator that they will also want to house your items for sale. Typically, you can expect to bring home 50% of the listing price. The benefit of this arrangement is that you don’t have to advertise, display, or sell. You supply the item and then pick up the check after the sale has been made.

Auction Houses

Check out Plug in your zip code and the distance that you want to travel and auctionzip will supply you with all of your area’s auction houses’ information. Do a little research. Which one would be the best fit for your items? Which has the best policies? Is there one that attracts more bidders than the others? Some auctions will come to your home and haul it to the site for you.

Yard Sale

Garage Sale, Tag Sale, Yard Sale: call it whatever you want, but a tried and true way of getting rid of things you no longer need is selling it in front of your house. Put up a sign, tag your stuff, and cross your fingers that most of it is gone by the afternoon. Read what yard sale professionals do to make the experience a success here or here.

Sell it in the Classifieds

Next post I will write more about all of the exciting ways to sell your things online. That includes online classifieds like Craigslist. But, don’t underestimate the old newspaper classified section. If you have big-ticket items like a piano, a car or a weight-lifting system, you might consider listing it in your local paper. Some areas of the country have more success in this realm than others; do your research if this is the case in your area.

Consider this spring the time to clean out and put some extra cash in your pocket. Perhaps your best way of getting more money and more space is one of the old-fashioned ways. Or maybe you want to try one of the many online ways, some of which I am excited to share with you in my next post. Any way you do it, cleaning out will freshen your mind and getting some extra money will definitely put a spring in your step.