As I’ve likely mentioned a number of times I’m moving from my house of approximately 2200 sq ft of living space (plus garage, garden shed, patios) to an 800 sq ft apartment. Needless to say I’ve had to get rid of a lot of things.
I started out listing the main items to sell (furniture, tvs, sewing machine, lawnmower, etc.) with a description and my asking price and I emailed it to everyone on my local contact list and ask them to forward it on to anyone they thought might be interested. I’ve sold all but 2 items this way so far so I haven’t had to post items on my local buy/sell group or craigslist. Amazing what you can do when you have a network, even a small one!
We’re now down to less than a week until the movers arrive and I’m getting things ready for a yard sale. I made a decision that nothing that I’d want more than $20 would be in the yard sale but would be offered up to my email network and it’s worked great.
Whatever doesn’t sell in Saturday’s yard sale will be donated to a local charity so the goal of the yard sale for me is to get rid of things I can’t take with me and I’m pricing things accordingly. About 85% of the items I’m selling will be priced at 25 cents. A few items priced at one dollar. Only 5 or 6 items will be priced over one dollar. Remember… at this point the goal is to get rid of this stuff, not to make a big profit. The more that goes in the sale means the less I have to cart over to the donation centre saving me both time and gas money in the long run.
Next strategy is to do an “early bird” friends and family pre-sale on Friday evening. I’ve told all of my neighbours, friends, people in my local network about the pre-sale and told them to feel free to bring a friend. Hoping to have at least a quarter of the stuff gone before I even open the garage door for the official sale on Saturday.
Fingers crossed I get rid of all or most of the stuff in the sale. Every little bit counts.