Whew! You’ve made it through your yard sale. Now…deciding what to do with Yard Sale leftovers is the next task. The first thing that typically pops into our minds is load up everything that’s left and haul it down to the local Salvation Army or Goodwill and that’s a very good idea, however, there are other options you might want to consider as well.
*Call a thrift store owner. This first idea came to me purely by accident. About an hour after I opened the garage door to my sale, a man and his Mother walked up. He immediately pointed out three or four of my higher priced items and asked me what kind of deal I would give him if he bought all of them. I was a bit caught off guard, but very excited that the day was beginning so well. I went ahead and made him an incredibly good deal, and as he was handing me the cash, his Mother spoke up and said, “He owns a thrift store.”
“Is that right?” I said. “Well, what don’t you come back tomorrow afternoon when I’m closing down that sale and make me an offer on what’s left?” Surprisingly, he agreed to do that and went ahead and gave me his number. I called, he came back, and made me an offer on several of the things that were left. So when you find yourself with an abundance of leftovers after your yard sale, consider calling the owner of a local thrift store and offer him a great deal if he’ll come out and take a look at what you have left. Hey it’s worth a shot anyway.
* Call the ARC. I learned a lot from my new friend, the thrift store owner. He told me that clothes don’t sell in thrift store any better than they do at yard sales. I really believe it is because so many people are shopping at consignment sales and shops now that they have closets full of clothes. They’re so used to getting really great deals that your dirt cheap yard sale price on that men’s suit or that adorable todder’s dress just doesn’t appeal to them like it used to. The best option in unloading lots of clothing is to donate it to a local charity. Lot’s of charities take clothing, however, this one, the ARC, will come to your house and pick up the items free of charge. They are largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
* Vietnam Veterans of America is another great option to consider when thinking about donating your leftover items. The VVA‘s goal is to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. There are scheduled pickups of all types of clothing in select states. Just visit their website at http://www.scheduleapickup.com/App_Pages/OutOfArea.aspx
* Try Craigslist, if, after your sale, you’re still holding out hope that you could get a decent price for a certain item. With Craigslist, you have a very targeted, interested audience. The great part about Craigslist is that the service is based on your local area, so you’ll save on shipping because your buyer can simply come by and pick up the item.
* And hey, don’t be afraid to put up some of your higher priced, more specialized items on Facebook. You can post your pictures where only those in your general community will see them in their timeline. That way you’re not advertising your slip and slide to your Alaskan friends. Who knows… that item might be just what he was looking for even if it never entered his mind to come to your sale in the first place.
I hope these tips lead to an empty garage and a much more simplified family.
If you’re just getting started, check out A One Hour Yard Sale…a Spiritual Journey Part 1 and Part 2.