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Smart Ways to Sell Your Stuff before a Move


Preparing for a move can be overwhelming – especially if you’re surrounded by a bunch of stuff you don’t plan on taking with you. There is good news, though! Now is the perfect time to purge those extra belongings and make a little extra cash in the process. Evaluate what items you no longer need or bring you happiness, and create a plan of attack on the best way to get rid of them. Here are a few ideas to help you sell your stuff before your next move.

Yard or Stoop Sale

You can’t go wrong with a traditional yard sale. Simply set-up shop right in front of your apartment of home. Make sure to give yourself enough time to get organized and price items. Advertise locally through directional neighborhood signs, a Craigslist post, Facebook groups, and even submit information to your local paper or alt weekly. This method can be a lot of work upfront, but pays off big later!

Remember, to seasoned yard-salers, wheeling and dealing is the name of the game. Start your prices high and lower them throughout the day.

Online Listings

Online selling is the next big thing when it comes to selling goods. From books to home décor to clothing, you can sell just about anything online. There are a number of different selling platforms for you to choose from, some more niche than others.

Local Pickup

Some websites offer local sales and pickup. They take a bit more coordination in terms of payment and meeting times, but it’s easy if you’re trying to sell local and avoid shipping. Craigslist breaks down items by their type, which makes it simple for buyers to search for what they need. Facebook Marketplace is a breeze to navigate and great for real-time listings. Better yet, it gives valuable insight into who is buying your stuff. Finally, Nextdoor is a good alternative for local pickup. Typically, the people included in your “neighborhood” live in your actual ‘hood – giving you a peace of mind.

Sell, Stamp, Mail

There are plenty of online sites to choose from when it comes to selling your unwanted stuff. The bigger online selling giants such as eBay and Amazon are well known and easy to use. There are also some good niche sites geared towards buyers who are looking to buy specific items.

  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Dibs – Focuses on antiques
  • Chairish – Add to someone’s Feng shui with home décor
  • Book Scouter – Make someone’s day with a good book or much needed textbook
  • Poshmark – Sell your fashionable clothing

Consignment and Pawnshops

A good old-fashioned way to sell your unwanted goods to find a local consignment or pawnshop and reselling your items through them. Consignment shops are ideal for selling furniture and clothing that is in good condition, and you’ll often get a decent cut of the sale. Pawnshops are perfect for collectibles, electronics, and higher-valued items.

Tips for Selling Quickly & Smart

While choosing any of the above-mentioned ways to sell your goods will get you started in the right direction, you need to make sure your items are poised to sell quickly. Make sure to clean your items inside and out, top to bottom. If something is not properly working, note it in your listing, or repair it before you list it. If selling online, make sure to photograph your items in good light and from all angles. You’ll also want to do this for your own record-keeping purposes, in case a buyer cites quality issues.

Make Money, Create Space

Before a big move, it’s always a good idea to dig through your belongings to decide what you do and do not want to keep. Being smart about what you’re selling and to who can have a big impact on moving day – and on your wallet.

And of course, if you have things you want to keep but don’t have room for in your new home, you can always count on StorQuest Self Storage for all of your self storage needs. Whatever life has in store for you, we’re here to help you make room for it.

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