Suggestions needed from those that made the move!
We are moving to St Croix in March and would like to know the best way to sell the household items we don't want to bring with us, which is most of what we own.
What worked and would also like input on what didn't work as well as you thought it would.
Thank you in advance!
Join a Facebook garage/yard sale group or two, and announce an open house sale. Show pictures of the high-dollar stuff. Then enlist reliable friends to be there and help you run the show. I had a "free" room, a dollar room, etc, which got lots of people to show up (I had photographed the rooms as well), and bunched similar items together. . And I had friends to take people to view the furniture in other rooms. Cleared out a good 2/3rds to 3/4ths of our belongings in two days and pocketed thousands.
Caveat: This has to be planned out well, to keep you secure and sane in the process. PM me if you need more detail.
3) Garage sale
4) Donate it.
We did all these and more.......
Had a bunch of farm equipment to sell and consigned it at local dealership.
I sold many thousands of dollars of bass fishing equipment, guns, art work and other items on CL and other sites that had classifieds for specific items.
It took me over a year to disperse all the stuff we didn't bring and I've always said that I should have brought some of the stuff I sold and sold some of the stuff I brought.
I have given stuff to family, donated to charities and loaded the trash can multiple times. The cost in time/patience to sell stuff is not worth the financial reward for me - so I haven't done that. Husband has sold some tools through his old boy network.
Paper and old electronic records are a bi-ch to sort through. I've been working on this nonstop since it seems to constantly re-accumulate.
I think it helps to have a goal of how you'll ship. We're filling a 20 foot container, which we're buying to keep at our STX house.
I tend to agree with Gator's Mom. Many people who are downsizing or are relocating long distances or to areas where some of their furnishings and belongings may no longer be appropriate or even useful have difficulty "letting go". And that's mainly because the paid good money for those items and they perceive them to be "still good" and/or more valuable then they actually are.
Regardless, there's no one "best" way to sell those goods (assuming you want to do that) there are just different ways - many of which were pointed out in earlier responses. You have to look at the items you have with a realistic eye. If you have lots of really nice furniture or "real" antiques then having a professional estate auction would be a good choice. If however, you have a lot of low end items like fiberboard/pressboard bookshelves, assemble yourself desks and well worn mattresses or similar type furniture you'll probably be better off hiring a dumpster to haul the stuff away.
In all actually you'll probably use several of the ways suggested in order to get rid of all the "stuff" you no longer want or need.
Yeah. We had an unexpected quick cash sale on the house, on the condition that we settled in a very short time. We couldn't find an auctioneer to handle it in time, and the charity pickups were scheduled out a month past our settlement date. There was no way we could handle individual sales of all that stuff on Craigslist, Facebook or eBay in that time frame. The open house was the fastest way to clear it out. I contacted a few people on the Facebook sale groups who had done the same thing, and they were very helpful telling me what went right and wrong for them. The terrifying part for me (other than seeing things go I was sure I couldn't live without, but have since forgotten) was having strangers traipse through my house who knew there would be cash there. But we took measures to make things more secure. In the end, it was just a lot of nice, friendly people who were happy for the bargains.
We did donate the leftovers we could haul, and 1-800-JUNK took the rest off of our hands.