Alternatives to Hosting a Garage Sale

Maybe, after researching all the aspects about a garage sale, you've decided it's just not for you.  All that face-to-face interaction, work pricing your items, and planning out how to hang your signs may be daunting and turn you off to the idea.  Never fear!  There are alternatives to holding a garage sale that will still eliminate everything you decided you didn't need during spring cleaning.

Alternatives to a garage sale like a pawn shopPerhaps someone in your neighborhood is hosting a garage sale of their own.  Ask if you can give your neighbors your items to sell, either for a portion of the sales or just as a favor to you.  If they're hesitant, offer to provide a few of the signs, or to do the online promotion for the sale, or come up with something else that you can do for them to help make the sale easier.  Unless you have a lot of large, big-ticket items that you're determined to get money for, you may consider just telling them you're willing to let them keep all the profits as long as they get rid of your stuff.  The extra work may just be worth it to your neighbors if they get to keep all the extra money.

Pawn shops provide an outlet for more valuable possessions to be sold away.  Musical instruments, antique furniture, old electronics, collectibles, and rare books are all fair game to take down to your local pawn broker and expect to sell for a reasonable price.  You certainly won't make back face value, and some pawn shops only offer a sharply low amount of money for what they will turn around and sell for a profit, but at least you don't have to go through the bartering process with more than one person.

If you're feeling generous, consider charitable donations with organizations like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  Local charity organizations often accept donations and can give you a receipt that you can write off on your taxes.  You won't see the monetary benefit of this method until April, and you may not actually see it at all (if the amount you owe swallows up the value of your donated items), but you can walk away with the good feeling that you've done humanity a service.

Maybe your friends have a lot of stuff too.  Sometimes it's more fun to go through someone else's items, discovering a hidden gem for yourself, than your own.  Consider holding a swap party to both socialize with your friends and trade away your junk for something more useful.  Invite your friends to bring some of their unwanted items (and prepare some of your own better ones in the meantime), and make it a potluck affair -- then play some games and have a big item exchange later in the day or evening.  Set rules ahead of time so no one gets unfairly disappointed with what they receive.

Does that now-five-stringed acoustic guitar still work?  Could those stuffed animals still endure some more loving?  Think about people in your life who would appreciate you gifting your items to them.  Perhaps a nephew just learning guitar could take yours and get it restrung, or your sister has just had a baby and could make use of some gently used toys.  You can either choose to save your items in a gift closet until occasions like birthdays and Christmas come around, or you can wrap everything up now and hand out some "just because" gifts.

Maybe no one else in the world wants your junk.  That means it's time to recycle what you can and trash the rest.  Some trash companies have fees for additional loads, so check ahead of time to make sure you won't be charged an arm and a leg to remove your spring cleaning trash.

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Comments (13) -

Jordan Cooke
Jordan Cooke
2/21/2013 9:42:02 PM #

A great alternative would be selling items in the pawn shop. You don't need to hassle yourself with all the preparations of hosting a garage sale. You can easily go to a pawn shop and get a decent price for a valuable item. But unfortunately, you would get less amount compared to if you sold it in a garage sale because pawn shops don't really bargain with costumers unless you have an item they really want.

Raymond Downs
Raymond Downs
2/21/2013 9:47:59 PM #

Hello everyone...

I suggest that you should try online shopping. You can create a page, in facebook, to ge advertise your products. You don't need to waster money setting up your garage sale because it 's free and you're just waiting in front of your computer. If you are selling clothes, then you can improvise by using models to wear your clothes and you should choose outstanding and gorgeous ones.

Douglas Foreman
Douglas Foreman
2/21/2013 9:53:56 PM #

You can lease your item to an auction event. For example, if you have an old and you're planning to sell it as soon as possible then an auction will be a perfect fit. It can be displayed immediately in front of hundreds or thousands of people. But the price you will pay is that the host of the auction could ask for his cut in the sale because he made things happen for you.

Roger Finch
Roger Finch
2/21/2013 9:59:21 PM #

I gave my nephew an old stuff toy my mom got me. He was so happy with just a simple stuff toy and I was so fulfilled to paint a smile in someone else's face. It's nice to make a difference and even if it wasn't much, I still shared my belongings. Maybe it was his turn to enjoy the stuffed toy and a chance for the toy to have a new owner and be loved in return than remaining in a box in our house.

Rory McFadden
Rory McFadden
2/21/2013 10:06:35 PM #

Roger - That's great. How nice of you to give your toys to your nephew. I've been practicing the same act for over 3 year already. Every Christmas, I see to it that every one of my nephew and niece a gift not necessarily a new one. It can be my old guitar, drum set, skateboard depending on their likes and hobbies. I make sure that they receive a gift equally so they would not quarrel and compare about whose got more and better toys.

Eric Kaufman
Eric Kaufman
2/21/2013 10:16:29 PM #

Selling your jewelry to a pawn shop is a wise choice since you could have the item back if you already have the money to buy it again. If you really need that money right away you  sell your jewelry but you should be familiar with the interest rates and the date before the pawn shop would sell your jewelry. Don't sell your valuable belongings if you're not sure if you can afford it with all those interest rates put together. You don't want to regret, for the rest of your life, because you sold your mother's ring for just a couple of grand.

Eric Kaufman
Eric Kaufman
2/21/2013 10:16:29 PM #

Selling your jewelry to a pawn shop is a wise choice since you could have the item back if you already have the money to buy it again. If you really need that money right away you  sell your jewelry but you should be familiar with the interest rates and the date before the pawn shop would sell your jewelry. Don't sell your valuable belongings if you're not sure if you can afford it with all those interest rates put together. You don't want to regret, for the rest of your life, because you sold your mother's ring for just a couple of grand.

Timothy Whitfield
Timothy Whitfield
2/21/2013 10:23:55 PM #

Having someone you know purchase an item from you is an easy deal. You can show them the item your selling and give them a background and have a small sales talk with them. Once, my mother sold my sister's heels to her friend. Her friend's daughter was joining their prom and they needed a silver colored 3-inch heel shoe so it was a match, they easily agreed on the price since they were best friends since middle school. The only disadvantage is your friend would bargain too much and use your friendship as a leverage to convince you to give a smaller price.

Timothy Whitfield
Timothy Whitfield
2/21/2013 10:23:55 PM #

Having someone you know purchase an item from you is an easy deal. You can show them the item your selling and give them a background and have a small sales talk with them. Once, my mother sold my sister's heels to her friend. Her friend's daughter was joining their prom and they needed a silver colored 3-inch heel shoe so it was a match, they easily agreed on the price since they were best friends since middle school. The only disadvantage is your friend would bargain too much and use your friendship as a leverage to convince you to give a smaller price.

Crystal Murphy
Crystal Murphy
2/23/2013 12:56:41 AM #

If  you don't like hosting a garage sale because you don't have the time do so, then online sales will be a great market to venture in. You save time and effort because it simply asks you to take a picture of the item and post it in the internet. You just put some details about the item, its durability, life span, price you purchased and the price your expecting to sell it. The famous site would be amazon.com where there are a lot of people selling and they're a trusted online shopping site. Other example are eBay and craiglist. Do not limit yourself with these sites, you can browse and do your homework for quality and fun sites to sell at. Happy Online Selling

Crystal Murphy
Crystal Murphy
2/23/2013 12:56:41 AM #

If  you don't like hosting a garage sale because you don't have the time do so, then online sales will be a great market to venture in. You save time and effort because it simply asks you to take a picture of the item and post it in the internet. You just put some details about the item, its durability, life span, price you purchased and the price your expecting to sell it. The famous site would be amazon.com where there are a lot of people selling and they're a trusted online shopping site. Other example are eBay and craiglist. Do not limit yourself with these sites, you can browse and do your homework for quality and fun sites to sell at. Happy Online Selling

Corey Hale
Corey Hale
2/23/2013 2:47:24 AM #

If I were to have my own pawn shop, I would name it "PAWN STARS." Normally, people will read it as PORN stars and even from that I would get their attention and when they read it again, they'll realize it's just PAWN stars. Its new and would linger on their minds and eventually, they will visit my shop and sell, buy or pawn.

Corey Hale
Corey Hale
2/23/2013 2:47:24 AM #

If I were to have my own pawn shop, I would name it "PAWN STARS." Normally, people will read it as PORN stars and even from that I would get their attention and when they read it again, they'll realize it's just PAWN stars. Its new and would linger on their minds and eventually, they will visit my shop and sell, buy or pawn.

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