15 Ways to Sell Your Stuff Before You Move
Moving can be a very expensive process, and in order to cut down the cost of using multiple moving trucks, you will likely need to get rid of items you do not plan on bringing with you. In order to help with the cost of moving, you may decide to sell these items. Through various avenues of selling, you can start to make a real dent in your moving costs. The following are 15 of the best ways to sell your stuff before you move.
Garage Sale/Yard Sale
Garage sales (or yard sales) are one of the easier ways to get rid of your items and make a quick buck. Yard sales are convenient because unlike most of the other selling options, you do not need to take photos, ship anything, or meet up with people to sell your items. Instead, you get to sell your things in the comfort of your own driveway.
Similar to a yard sale, estate sales allow you to sell everything from the comfort of your own home. Essentially, you invite people to walk through your home & browse everything inside. They can then make offers and purchase things without you ever having to leave your home.
Look online to see if there are any consignment stores near you that will pay for clothing, household items, or furniture. While they will likely pay you less than if you were to sell the items on your own, it’s one of the fastest ways to get cash for your items.
Word of Mouth
Never underestimate the power of word of mouth! Let your friends and family know that you are moving and looking to get rid of some things. They may know someone who is in the market for a new couch or coffee table.
Craigslist is another simple tool for selling your belongings before you move. Since it is local, you can list things like furniture, clothing, even wine bottles, and firewood. We suggest creating a Google phone number to use for Craigslist so that you don’t have to give out your real information.
Facebook Marketplace is another great tool for selling your items locally. Marketplace works through your Facebook app and will show your items to anyone without a certain radius of your home. You can either choose a meet-up spot or have people come to your home to pick up the items you are selling.
eBay can help you sell your items fast because of their large user base. If you are selling something a little more niche like collectibles or vintage items, eBay is likely where you will get the most money for your items. Unlike the other options, you will need to ship your items. Keep this in mind if you choose to use eBay.
If you have any items that are still new in the box, see if you can sell them through Amazon. If you are qualified to sell those items, Amazon will give you information to ship the items to a specific Amazon facility. They will store the items, and once they sell, you will get the cash.
Poshmark is an app that mainly focuses on clothing, accessories, and designer makeup. If you are looking to pare down your closet before you move, Poshmark is an easy way to sell clothes quickly. Because they charge a flat rate for shipping, you never have to try to guess how much your items weigh. You can get free boxes from USPS, and Poshmark will send you the shipping labels you need straight to your email.
Similar to Craigslist, LetGo is an app that allows you to sell your items locally. LetGo offers an in-app chat, meaning that you never have to give out your personal information. List just about everything in your home, and choose a meeting spot to sell your items to people right in your neighborhood.
OfferUp is another app that lets you buy and sell locally before you move. Similar to LetGo, the app allows you to privately chat with buyers and negotiate the price. Once you determine a fair price, you can establish a meeting place to sell your items.
Decluttr is a website that buys your unwanted cell phones, tech devices, CDs, DVDs, and games. First, you search for your items or key in their barcode on Decluttr’s website. They will give you an instant price for those items that is good for 28 days. Next, they will send you a free shipping label to send your box of items to them. After they receive your items and check them, they will pay you via direct deposit, PayPal, or check.
Gone is an app designed to find you the best place to sell your electronics. They take care of pricing, writing listings, negotiating with buyers, and determining where to list your items. Once your items sell, they send you free boxes with packing materials, prepaid labels, and instructions.
Nextdoor is like the Facebook of your neighborhood. Check the website to see if your neighborhood participates. If so, you will be able to use it to get the word out to your neighbors about the items you are looking to get rid of.
Stores like Target and Walmart offer trade-in programs where you can get cash for your items. Typically, the items they allow for trade-in are phones, tablets, video game consoles, and other electronics. They will appraise your device, and open trade-in, you will either get store credit or a PayPal deposit.
All of these options for selling your items before you move have different assets and features to them. The best thing you can do is evaluate what you are looking to get rid of and decide which option is right for you. Larger items like furniture sell best with local selling options, while clothing may do better on apps like eBay or Poshmark. Whatever you choose, you are sure to make some extra cash that you can enjoy in your new home.
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