Whether your goal is to purge your home of stuff you no longer need or you want to raise some cash—or both—you have options.
You can sell your items on an auction website like eBay.com, list them in classifieds in a local newspaper or on craigslist.org, or give the stuff away. Or, you can create a killer garage sale that turns your cast-offs into cold, hard cash.
PLAN AHEAD. Give yourself more than a few weeks to get ready. Make sure the date you select is not conflicting with a holiday or community event. Check local laws regarding signage, restrictions and a requirement, if any, to get a permit.
GET ORGANIZED. It pays to put your stuff in order. Designate your sale area. If there are items in close proximity that are not for sale, cover or clearly mark them “Not for Sale.” Take the time to repair and clean your sale items and your sale area, too. Dirt, grime, chaos, and clutter will repel shoppers. A nicely ordered space will draw people who are ready, willing and able to buy. Read more