Selling Your Stuff Without a Garage Sale

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photo credit: Diana Parkhouse

Garage sales take a lot of time, a lot of work, and well, you kind of need to have a garage (or access to one).

If you’re looking to raise some cash and don’t want to hold a garage sale, there are plenty of choices available.  Here are a few to try:

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Sell it on consignment.  If you’ve got quality clothing or furniture, consider taking it to a consignment shop to sell.  You won’t get paid until the item sells, but you will have the satisfaction of having it cleared out of the house.  Use our tips for selling on consignment to get the most money for your goods.

Sell it on eBay.  Ebay is a classic place to sell your stuff.  It does take a bit of time to take pictures, right descriptions, and package things up to mail.  But if you have a unique, in-demand item, it’s well worth the time invested. Check out the free e-book The Stay-at-Home Mom’s Guide to Successful eBay Selling for everything you need to know to get started and be sure to visit the Ebay Selling Coach blog for more tips..

Sell it on Amazon.  If your item has a UPC on it, there’s a good chance it could already be in Amazon’s huge database.  Which means, you get to sell your item, but you don’t have to spend the time taking photos or writing descriptions of your items.  This works great for things like books, CDs, DVDs, and video games.  If you’re willing to pay a bit more, you can even ship all your stuff to Amazon and have them handle dealing with your buyers.  Suzanne Wells has some very useful advice for selling on Amazon in her free e-book 90 days to $400 a week profit on Amazon.

Sell it on Craigslist.  If you’ve got furniture, vehicles, or other larger items to sell, Craigslist can be a very useful way to sell your stuff.  Follow our tips for selling stuff on Craigslist to avoid any unpleasant experiences.

Sell it through Facebook.  Check to see if there are any local Facebook groups that allow you to list items you have for sale. In my area, there are several groups dedicated to everything from kids clothing to toys to my favorite category, “misc.”  Many of the tips for selling on Craigslist apply to interactions with people on Facebook as well.

Sell it in the classifieds.  Your local area may offer free classified ads in a newspaper, or on a website.  Explore all the free options first, before shelling out money on the ads.

Sell your stuff via word of mouth.  Put the word out that you’re selling some stuff.  You just may have exactly what a friend or family member is looking for.   Consider offering up a large collection (like kids clothing) for a flat rate and see if you have any takers.  They’ll get a great deal, and you won’t have to individually price a bunch of stuff!

When deciding where to sell your stuff, consider your primary motivation.  If making the most money possible is your goal, then you’ll want to avoid selling your items in places that don’t pay as well or require you to pay listing fees or a cut of the sale.  If your key motvation is to get rid of your stuff, then find the simplest way to do that.  No sense in spending a lot of time on something you just want to see gone as soon as possible.

What’s your favorite way to sell your stuff?

About Christina Brown

Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.


  1. says

    My favorite way of buying and selling used items is thru an on-line auction site. There are several in my area, the best: most reliable, best service for your money with no hidden fees- is k-bid. I utilize a local affiliate called North Auctions.
    K-bid is like a mini e-bay And unlike e-bay, with k-bid I can personally inspect every item I bid on, of I choose to.

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