The place to Promote Your Stuff for Prime Greenback
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Believe it or not, winter is about to turn into spring, and with spring comes the almost irresistible urge to clean your home of all the extra things lurking in your children’s closets, garage, or under beds .
A yard sale can be a quick and easy way to clean up all of this clutter, but it’s unlikely to get you top dollar for your belongings from local bargain hunters. If you want to make as much money as possible, you need to know where to sell.
Below are some of the best places to go to sell different types of goods.
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If you have branded or designer duds in good condition, taking these items to a local consignment store, be it an independent store or a store that’s part of a chain like Style Encore or Plato’s Closet, is probably your best bet is.
Depending on the store’s policies, you may be paid either upfront or when an item is sold.
How much you get also depends on the business. Additionally, you can earn more by accepting credit instead of cash for your items.
If you live in an area with no consignment shops nearby, consider an online option like Swap.com or ThredUp.
If nothing else, drop off your old clothes at a local retailer with a recycling program for a discount. We describe these programs under “10 retailers who pay you to recycle your old stuff”.
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Shops selling used books are a dying breed. But if you have one around, see what your book collection would collect there.
If you live near a half price bookstore and sell your books, there is another option, as outlined in “9 Companies That Will Sell Your Products”.
If not, see how much Powell could give you. This Oregon independent bookstore chain pays the shipping costs when you sell your books to them.
Otherwise, there are sites like Decluttr that can help sell your old titles.
To find out how much you can get for selling your books online, visit the BookScouter website, which lists offers from more than 30 buyback programs.
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There is no shortage of opportunities to sell old electronics. To name a few, you can go through:
How much you get and how you get paid varies from location to location and from program to program. So get quotes from a few places.
If you have outdated or broken electronics, check out 10 Retailers That Will Pay You To Recycle Your Old Stuff.
Regardless of how you sell an old electronic device, don’t forget to wipe the hard drive of any personal information first.
Movies, music and video games
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The Amazon Trade-In Program accepts video games. And Decluttr is also an online option for erasing old CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays.
An offline option is available from a half-price book or a video game store like GameStop.
Collectibles and antiques
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If you have a really valuable antique or a collection of highly valued items, you are likely to get most of your money from an auction house. Look for an item that specializes in your type of item to make sure it will attract the right buyers.
If you have antiques or collectibles that are not quite the caliber of an auction house, find an antique store that may be interested in either buying or mailing them.
You can also test the water with eBay. However, if it’s not an item with a loyal fan base, your auction may get lost in the millions of other listings. Try listing with a “Buy It Now” price if you are hoping for a specific price.
China and dishes
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Even good quality china and dishes are difficult to sell for a significant amount of money these days.
Replacements Ltd. and the International Association of Dinnerware Matchers will buy china and tableware. These options are possibly the easiest way to get a fair amount for your chinaware.
Of course, these sites will turn around and sell the items to others at a significantly higher price. If you want to cut out the middleman, you can try selling on eBay. But as with antiques and collectibles, your entry can be lost in the competition.
Find out the current rate for your brand and style of china. Then it is better to sell individual pieces rather than the entire set to maximize your profits.
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Some resale chains such as Play It Again Sports specialize in used fitness equipment.
You can also contact Craigslist to sell exercise equipment. When selling on Craigslist, it is important to follow a few simple safety precautions.
To avoid getting caught up in a scam, stick to local transactions paid for by cash or money order for an exact amount.
If possible, meet the buyer in a public place instead of having someone come to your home. If you’re selling something large like a treadmill, try moving the item into a garage or entryway to restrict a stranger’s access to your home. Also take home a friend or large dog at the time of pickup.
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Some ancient musical instruments are a dozen and you are in luck if you can give them away as gifts. Others, however, might have some value.
Before you sell an old instrument, your first stop should be a music store. It could cost you a few dollars, but ask if the store can clean up your instrument again to clean it, check for defects, and appraise it. Then ask if they sell instruments by mail.
If not, contact the school’s local music departments and let them know that you have an instrument for sale. Tape teachers may be happy to pass the word on to families in the market to buy it.
If you live near a resale specialty store like Music Go Round, find out what you would pay for it.
If none of these options work, try Craigslist.
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Unless a piece of furniture is a valuable antique that might be of interest to an auction house, chances are you’ll make most of your money listing it on Craigslist or local classifieds. If you can get the item there, find a furniture delivery store near you.
With the Splitwise furniture calculator you can find out how much your piece has devalued. Note, however, that the depreciated price does not necessarily match the fair market price. Depending on your region, you can sell practically brand new furniture for 50% off.
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Finally, we come to everything else: the kitchen gadgets, the toys, the knickknacks, the picture frames, and everything else.
Unfortunately, most of it will not do much, except in rare cases. These are the items that are prepared for your yard sale.
Alternatively, you can top up everything and take it to your local thrift store. In some areas, the thrift store will even pick up your boxes of unwanted treasure.
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