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Old 03-08-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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I've pretty much decided I want to get rid of a lot of stuff I own, and need some advice about how/where to sell it. Some of it is jewelry, electronics, a computer, some collectibles, and such - which could be sold through eBay, Craigslist, or at a pawn shop. But I also have general household items I no longer want - such as dishes, silverware, irons, lamps, clocks, wall hangings, a bit of furniture, etc. What do you do when you live in a place that doesn't allow yard sales - how do you sell all this household stuff at once? In short, this is a situation where I'm wanting to "pack up and get out" - and I don't want to drag all this stuff around with me wherever I go. I can't just leave it here when I move out. I would give it to Goodwill, but the truth is I need any money I can get from selling as much of it as I can. So does anyone know if there are people who buy miscellaneous household items in bulk if I take it to them? Are there businesses that do that? For instance, I used to manage a storage facility a number of years back (and in a different city), and I remember there were times I'd have to hold an auction to clean out a storage unit full of such miscellaneous personal property. Do you think those same people that go to storage auctions might have resale shops where you could take your stuff to sell en masse, instead of coming to you to bid on it all?
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Can you find an alternative location for a garage sale- a friend's garage, a storage unit, etc.?
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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Maybe a consignment store could help you with that
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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Can you find an alternative location for a garage sale- a friend's garage, a storage unit, etc.?
I suppose using a friend's garage is an idea. I guess I need to think more. LOL! As for the storage unit...I don't really want to keep the stuff, so it would be rather pointless to put it in storage, not to mention the cost of paying rent each month to store it. I suppose I could contact my former employer to see if they could give me the names of people who bid on units that are up being auctioned. Then maybe I could talk to them to see if they are interested in buying the stuff.

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Maybe a consignment store could help you with that
I didn't know consignment shops accepted general household items. I thought it was just clothing. Hmmm...I may have to check them out. Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I've mentioned this in here a long time ago but my wife and I had a good idea. We had a long distance marriage for 6 years before I retired and moved to my wife's place. We then bought a house, and had a lot of stuff I'd brought down plus stuff in her place we didn't need or want. So we had a free yard sale. That's how I advertised in the paper. I didn't have anything out in the yard. We had moved so I had plenty of inside space in the trailer. The ad said the "sale" started at 7 Am. I unlocked the door at 5 till 7 and locked up at 9 AM, with just about everything gone. What was left we could put in the trunk and take to Good Will. I know you said you can't have yard sales but if you wanted to do something like this maybe you could talk to the "powers that be" and tell them it would be over and done with in a couple hours or so.
It was hilarious watching, and helping, a lady load a pole lamp, a 16 speed bike, toaster oven, coffee maker and 4 boxes of odds and ends in a 2 door Escort! Somehow there was room for her to get in there too! lol
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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There are resale shops that will take clothes, furniture, and other miscellaneous items in most cities (and yeah, they're often owned by the same people that go to auctions). You're not likely to get very much money. My recommendation is Craigslist anything worth an hour of your time - personally, an hour of my time is worth about $75 so anything over that value I'd try to sell - and donate the rest to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:57 PM
 
Location: The Middle
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Consignment and Craigslist. Lots of people sell artwork, lamps and so forth on craigslist. I used to love that site and sold a lot on there but with so many wackos robbing people, I am more leery about it now.
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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There are resale shops that will take clothes, furniture, and other miscellaneous items in most cities (and yeah, they're often owned by the same people that go to auctions). You're not likely to get very much money. My recommendation is Craigslist anything worth an hour of your time - personally, an hour of my time is worth about $75 so anything over that value I'd try to sell - and donate the rest to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Yeah, I pretty much figure I won't get much for some of the stuff - but I suppose getting something for it is better than getting nothing.

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Consignment and Craigslist. Lots of people sell artwork, lamps and so forth on craigslist. I used to love that site and sold a lot on there but with so many wackos robbing people, I am more leery about it now.
I don't blame you for being leery. I kinda am, too. But I figure I'd get more for certain items by advertising on Craigslist than I would taking them to a pawn shop. I'd just tell the person who's interested in buying something that I will only meet them in a public place.
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Lump alot of things together. Like Dishes/Cookware/Small Kitchen Appliances in 1 category, Clocks/Lamps/Wall Hangings in another & sell them all together on craigslist. Say $100 for everything in category 1, $150 for everything in catergory 2, etc. Also try some local thrift stores or used furniture stores & see if they would buy in from you.

Or contact a storage unit, maybe the one you use to work for, & see what they would charge to rent a unit just for the weekend & to hold a "yard sale" there. Or maybe the parking lot of your local church. Around here people set up at the end of the parking lot that once was our Wal-Mart before our Supercenter opened.

Ask around some of the local business, mom & pop stores, & see if they would allow you to hold a yard sale in their parking lot.
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:26 AM
 
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Is there an indoor flea market in your area? If so, check out one of the regular stand holders. Maybe you can make an arrangement for him/her to sell your stuff at a commission arrangement or buy it from you outright (he'll then sell it for a profit). There is a large indoor flea market in our area where DH has a stand - he often makes arrangements with folks such as you looking to get rid of stuff - he buys items for a bulk sum then resells it at his stand.
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