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Old 03-15-2018, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Let's say a cross country move comes up quick and you choose to get rid of most of your possessions and buy new one's when arriving at your destination. I have all sorts of things to unload: couches, beds, other furniture etc...

I would obviously try to sell some stuff but I think on such short notice it might be hard to sell for much if anything. What would you do to get rid of your stuff if you had no luck selling it and you had to move in a couple days time? Have a sign in the front yard - free stuff inside? lol Rent a dumpster?
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:59 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Let's say a cross country move comes up quick...
on such short notice it might be hard to sell for much if anything.

What would you do to get rid of your stuff ... in a couple days time?
Like with every other thread on the basic subject...
it comes down to the objective quality/value of your 'stuff'

If it has real market value... make a deal with a consignment place
or maybe some trusted friend in order to avoid the shipping bother & expense.

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Have a sign in the front yard - free stuff inside? Rent a dumpster?
If the objective quality/value of your stuff is low... sure something like that could work.
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The small stuff however... that's what you want to pack up into boxes and ship.
The little things you see and use regularly WILL be missed.
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Old 03-15-2018, 11:30 AM
 
Location: The middle
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Post it under "free" on Craigslist. Put items outside for pickup.

Put items out on curb. In my neighborhood anything decent will be gone in a day or so.

Some thrift stores will pick up furniture donations.
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Old 03-15-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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With those options, a month notice, I might put a sign up if I thought it was kind of fun and needed the little money I'd get for the big hassle of people coming and going and me lugging and dragging and pricing etc. And you could try CL altho that's time and being available. On shorter notice I'd call Salvation Army or a consignment shop that takes the kind of items you have or contact good social service person or person who knows someone in need or local university for students off campus .

Another thing about putting items out front for free is weather, if that's changeable in your area.
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:21 PM
 
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Last time I just told neighbors to come and get what is on the kitchen counters and have the furniture out. All nor none and now.
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Old 03-15-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I went with Frog Hauling (dumpsters) in Columbus, Ohio, and your area might have something similar. They specialized in recycling the dumpster contents.

I had stuff from my parents' estates that I wasn't able to sell, and the charities weren't picking stuff up that summer (due to politics and bedbugs).

You just have to be really honest with yourself about why you're keeping stuff and take a hard look at your lifestyle. If you're like many people, you can dump a fair amount of stuff and never miss it. You just have to get over excuses like: "I might use that someday," or "I paid good money for that."

At the same time, be mindful of what you do use or will use. For example, I moved to Iowa and must prepare a winter survival kit for the car each October, so it made sense to keep my winter sleeping bag (and put it in the car), even though I no longer go camping in the winter. On the other hand, I gave my summer tents and sun shelters to the neighbors.

Good luck! Sounds like it's going to be a bear of a project for you!
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Old 03-15-2018, 01:24 PM
 
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I sold some things on Craigslist very cheaply. The rest went to Salvation Army and Goodwill.
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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www.freecycle.com is also very good at getting free stuff out the door.

In my limited experience, the clientele seems to me to be a little less creepy than their Craig's List counterparts.
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Thanks everyone. Great suggestions.

What makes it tricky is that I could probably sell some stuff the instant I know but then might be left without a couch/bed/furniture for a week or something. It's almost less stressful to give most of it away on the last day/next to last day. My stuff isn't valuable. I'm thinking if I took my time over a month I might get grand or so total for everything. But much less on short notice.
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:14 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. Great suggestions.

What makes it tricky is that I could probably sell some stuff the instant I know but then might be left without a couch/bed/furniture for a week or something. It's almost less stressful to give most of it away on the last day/next to last day. My stuff isn't valuable. I'm thinking if I took my time over a month I might get grand or so total for everything. But much less on short notice.
Yes, and you can't be sure how much will go and what you'll be left with to find a way to dispose of at the last minute.
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