I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I’ve walked into a client’s home… only to be greeted by a mound of unwanted items they plan to sell “someday” to turn into cash. The problem is that “someday” never comes. Why? There
are a number of reasons but here are some of the most common I’ve heard:
That’s why I’m writing this blog… to try to demystify the most popular selling options a bit so you can understand the differences and hopefully take the first step to turn your unwanted stuff into cash.
Local Pawn Shops: If you’re in a rush and need money ASAP, there’s probably a no better option than visiting your local pawn shop. The biggest drawback is that you’re probably going to get less money for your items but if your goal is to get rid of things quickly, then this could work for you.
Local Consignment Shops: Don’t want the hassle of selling your stuff on your own? Bring it to a consignment shop and let them do the work for you. They probably won’t accept all your items and your probably won’t make as much money as you hoped, but it’s an easier option.
Local Yard/Garage Sales & Flea Markets: You have to be ready, willing and able to invest time and energy in selling things on your own via these options. Although these may sound easier than listing each of your items individually online, they are both time and physically consuming. But if you don’t want/need to get the highest dollar and are more interested in the social experience, either of these could be the option for you.
Apps for Local Sales: Some of these may take a cut of your sales. You’re also responsible for connecting with your buyer, meeting up in person and making the exchange. My top 2 favorites based on personal experience are Facebook and Nextdoor.
Online Sales (with a brief description of items you can sell): This is just a partial list.
If you decide to use an app to sell your items online, here are some quick tips for you:
High Value Items:
If you think you may have something that is worth $1,000 or more, you should really get an appraisal. The American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, and the International Society of Appraisers can help you find qualified, local professionals.
I hope these tips have helped make the process a little less daunting. Now it’s time to get to work. Take the first step and turn your clutter into cash!
Quote: “One man's trash is another man's treasure.” ~ Author Unknown ~
Brenda Tringali, Organizing & Productivity Specialist
At Your Fingertips Organizing
Serving Greater Myrtle Beach, SC or "virtually" anywhere (via phone/video)
Brenda Tringali is the owner of At Your Fingertips Organizing. She provides Life/Workplace/Residential Organizing & Productivity services to clients in the Myrtle Beach, SC area & “virtually” anywhere via video, phone, etc. Drawing from her 30 years of Human Resources/Staffing experience, she also helps clients with HR/Staffing/Job Search needs as well. Brenda is an active member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing professionals). She is also Chair of the NAPOCares Committee which highlights the community outreach efforts of NAPO members, NAPO Chapters, and NAPO Business Partners as they reach out to share the three “T’s” of Social Responsibility: their Time, Treasures, and Talents.