7 Awesome Ways to Sell Your Stuff

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Having trouble parting with some of your more expensive ticket items? Would being paid some cash motivate you to start purging? Below are some suggestions on what you can do with some of the household items that you would like to part with and get paid for.

7 Awesome Ways to Sell Your Stuff

Yard Sale

Have a yard or garage sale. Place an ad on Craigslist.org or the local newspaper advertising your garage/yard sale.  Also, put signs in your neighborhood advertising your sale. Let others come and haul away your stuff.

Consignment

There are so many consignment stores these days. Furniture consignment stores, book/CD/DVD/video game consignment stores. There are even sporting good consignments stores. Of course, some ladies consignments shops have clothes, shoes, and household and decorative items. I’m visiting a new consignment store, Good Wolf Gear, in Herndon Virginia next week. They are a local outdoor gear exchange. They buy and sell new and used outdoor gear, apparel, and accessories with a focus on backpacking, camping, and hiking. Watch for upcoming postings about them.

Estate Sale

If you have many valuable items to sell due to downsizing, death, or a move, consider having an estate sale. MaxSold is a DIY service that you should investigate. We have used this service with clients with good success.

Social Media Posting

Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace will allow you to market and sell your stuff for no cost. Take a picture, write a description and post your ad online. It’s that easy! We help clients sell on these sites.

Collection and Antique Sales

eBay and Amazon will help you sell your items to a larger market. There is a learning curve to selling on these sites, so we would suggest you use an expert if you are considering a one-time sale.

Jewelry Consignment

Many local jewelry stores will consign your jewelry pieces or you may mail them to others. Be sure to insure the package. We have found a great selection of consigned jewelry at Carousel Consignments in Manassas Virginia.

Gold and Silver Dealer

Don’t forget you can get cash for your gold or silver too. We use Steve Gouterman of Paradigm Experts, in Springfield Virginia for our clients.

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If you need more ideas?

We are here to help. Just know that the market for resale items is finicky and you may not get what you were hoping for those much-loved items.

To assist clients in the sale of their valuables, Basic Organization has obtained membership in The Keys Guild. As professional collectibles advisors, we have learned how to identify and value collectibles with continual training from experts and industry leaders. Our membership includes access to auction houses and dealers to assist our clients in the selling process and it means we are continually learning about industry tools and resources. We work with experts in every category of collectibles, dealers, auction houses, gallerists, and others in all facets of the

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

12 Comments

  1. Linda Samuels on August 23, 2021 at 10:28 am

    You have many great resources, especially in your local area. I love the Good Wolf Gear place! What a great concept. I’m not aware of anything like that near us, but how cool you have them near you. Carousel Consignments looks terrific too. We used to have more consignment places, but many of them have gone out of business over the years.

    We’ve done well with tag/garage sales, but you have to enjoy doing them because they take a lot of work. In the 35 years, we’ve lived in our home, we’ve probably done it 5 or 6 times successfully. And it was always fun to meet people and see what items they liked. But mostly, I donate to local charities. It’s generally more time-efficient. However, if you have many things and items of value, it makes sense to try to sell them.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 23, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Donating is usually the easiest way to get things out of your house. Fast and simple, but selling opportunities are so available it’s hard not to try to recoup a few bucks.

  2. Seana Turner on August 23, 2021 at 10:49 am

    I mostly donate as well, since selling is always work. We used to have a terrific ebay reseller who worked with our NAPO chapter, but she has faced medical issues and has since needed to suspend her business. I wish I had another person to handle this because it is a great way to reach a broader market, but it takes time to do it right.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 23, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      For eBay sales, I use a woman who used to be an organizer in my chapter. Only specific things sell on eBay, but when they do, they usually sell at a good price.

  3. Sabrina Quairoli on August 23, 2021 at 11:09 am

    I find that several people don’t get rid of things because of the cost they spent. It’s important to understand that they will most likely not get the value from the item. But, if they are willing to get rid of it, any money is helpful.

    I went to a jeweler when I was getting rid of mismatched items, they gave me credit, and I then redesigned my grandmother’s one earring into a ring and spent very little on the transformation because of the credit. Thinking creatively on how to get rid of the unique items is helpful too.

    Thanks for sharing your resources.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 23, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      Great idea to get credit towards something you want. That reminds me of the gift card trade-ins that go on after the holidays. You can trade in a card you don’t want for one at the store where you shop.

  4. Julie Bestry on August 23, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Excellent ideas, though of course some take more work than others. Like Sabrina, I find that clients are often tied up in the memories of what something originally cost rather than the current value (what someone is willing to pay) and the current cost (of clutter, or paying for storage), so I encourage donation because it’s more immediate. Here, adult consignment has dried up; we have one or two stores, but generally, only seasonal children’s consignment is a dependable option. I wonder what you think about the online sales options like Gazelle for electronics, Bookscouter, Poshmark or Tradesy or Mercari for clothes, etc.?

    And gold dealers are a nifty option. It’s a great way to get rid of “Bad Boyfriend” mojo, I tell my clients. 😉

    • Janet Schiesl on August 23, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      When I sell something, I think of it not as making money, but not having to pay someone to take it away. Adult consignments have been hard during the pandemic. I hope they don’t disappear. I have used Gazelle with good success and ThredUp for cloth works well. I haven’t had any luck with Bookscouter, but I’ll keep trying. In my area, the local selling apps like LetGo all depend on the neighborhood you are in.

  5. Ronnige Eisenberg on August 23, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve always done well with Facebook marketplace. Right now, for me it’s hit or miss. The key is making items priced to sell.
    I love your tips. I never knew about Amazon as a source to sell items we don’t want. I definitely have to check that out.
    Earning money is a serious motivation to declutter. The next few months are an ideal time to have a tag sale, for mask wearing buyers.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 23, 2021 at 8:12 pm

      I also like Facebook Marketplace for selling items. You certainly can’t think about doing it for the money. As my husband says “ask enough so we can go out to dinner” but sometimes it’s just a burger’s worth.

  6. Melanie Summers on August 25, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Never heard of MaxSold before! Definitely need to check that out. Great post, Janet.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 26, 2021 at 7:47 am

      Definitely check out MaxSold. We have used them with some success.

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