Garage Saling For a Living

So it turns out you really enjoy the garage sale process, and you're disappointed that your city only lets you do one or two per year.  Don't give up!  There's the wide world of the internet, and it can save you from your garage sale woes and maybe even help you start up a profitable little side business for some extra income each month.

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What does this mean?  Basically, you'll be doing the same thing you do a few times in the summer: pile up junk, price it, and sell it to people who want it more than you do.  Instead of putting it all out in your yard, though, you'll be putting it all online.  You'll want to create an organizational system to make sure you're always listing things you actually have in stock, and to track your profits as you go.

The best places to start selling online are universally recognized as being eBay and craigslist, both of which are free to sign up for.  Craigslist does not require any fees to post a listing, although they may flag you for spam if you're putting up too many advertisements at once; also, you can only reach a very specific area using craigslist.  The best way to use this site is to sell things that you wouldn't want to deal with shipping, like furniture, car parts, and delicate machinery, and sell them locally to people who can come pick them up.  eBay, on the other hand, has some fees for listing, but if you start selling in bulk and make bank, the few cents per item won't really matter much.  That said, if you're having to pay fees, you'll probably want to be more careful about what you're listing.

You can get free things off of craigslist, where people in a hurry to move or get rid of something aren't asking for any money in return.  You can also try the more personal route and go door to door, offering to take others' junk off their hands.  Fair warning, though -- not everyone takes kindly to people asking for stuff showing up on their stoop.  You might deal with some angry folks.

The problem with pricing items like a garage sale is that you won't get much for your efforts, and in the end, it may not even be worth it.  For smaller, junky things, you might try packaging them into lots and pawning them off in bulk, emphasizing the most interesting or valuable things to grab prospective buyers' attention.  Or, just make sure that you're getting enough back for the items to make it all worth your while.  Check out market trends on sites like eBay and see if you can't cash in on popular items you've found a ton of!

When it comes to storage, you'll want to carefully consider how much room you're willing to give up in your house or apartment on a regular basis.  If you really dislike the idea of having other people's junk invade your territory, consider renting a small storage unit to keep everything out of sight.  Just remember that you'll need to be sure you'll offset the cost of the storage before you sign a contract, and also realize that moving the junk away from you means more effort in the long run (even if your carpet is, admittedly, much cleaner!).

And don't forget -- consistent side income is taxable!

While you're navigating the World Wide Web for garage sale-ish resources, check out GarageSaleCow.com -- the nation's largest garage sale website and your source for everything FREE and YARD SALE!




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