I have to start by admitting I am not good at selling my stuff. It seems every time I clean out the house or get ready for a move, I make a big pile of items and donate them without any attempt to sell the items. Currently, I am cleaning out our house trying to make room for a baby and I have vowed I will try to make a little profit (let’s be honest, this is so I can go buy some ridiculously cute baby stuff).
I am going to start with the easiest category: Selling your items online. When trying to sell your items online, give more details than you think necessary. For Example, if you are selling a table, give details about paint, stain, height and width. You have a much better chance of quickly selling your item if you describe the item in full detail, even better, add photos. Many bases and posts have “Buy/Sell/Trade” Facebook pages. This is a great way to reach a large audience (easily) to sell and trade your items. There is also Craigslist, your local newspapers classifieds, or military sponsored classifieds like Sarge’s List. Don’t forget larger options like Amazon and eBay.
Consignment Shops: Considering bringing those clothes you have not worn in the past year, or the ones your kids grew out of, to a consignment shop. You will not make the full sale price of the item, but this means someone else will be working to sell your items for you. Typically, you can make 40% of the sale price of the items consignment shops sell.
Garage/Yard Sales: This means lots of organizing, labeling, bargaining and a VERY early morning weekend wake up. The key to maximize your selling at a garage sale is to appropriately and fairly price your items. You will also need to advertise your sale. You can place classified ads in local newspapers and on free websites like Craigslist, GarageSaleHunter, and YardSaleSearch. You should also post flyers on bulletin boards in local businesses and if you get permission, places on post. You can also make large poster sized signs directing people to your home.
Community Sales: Your family readiness group (FRG), church or neighborhood may host a community sale where all you have to do is bring your previously priced items and set up a booth. The advantage of participating in a sale like this means you do not have to advertise or set up a sale on your own. I have had great success shopping at sales like these (entire crib bedding set for $40!). People like to shop big sales because there is more of a
selection, selling your items at a large sale should be a breeze!
The last but not least options (and admittedly my go-to) are Donations. Your local church may collect donations of clothing and household goods; Goodwill and the Salvation Army are always looking for donations. We have a thrift shop on NAS Lemoore and they accept donations as well. A quick internet search will give you many options for you to donate your household goods. Make sure to get a receipt so you can write your donations off in your taxes!
How do you successfully sell you household goods you no longer need? Please share your tips in the comments!