You should be wrapping up your spring cleaning (or in my case thinking about starting). You may have accumulated a pile of unwanted items and aren’t sure what to do with them. You have options, many options! Read on to see what options are best for you.
6 Ways to get rid of unwanted items
Donate unwanted items
It’s easiest to gather all of your unwanted items into a huge pile and then sort it all into four smaller piles as follows: dump, keep, donate, and sell. The part where it gets tricky is deciding what to donate and what to sell. If the items are very valuable, you’re better off selling them, but if they only hold a little value, or you want to help others, you may be better off donating. For example, you want to get rid of a $200 bedding set. Think about what you would get at a traditional yard sale for a used bedding set? $20? In this case, it may be better to donate it and claim the tax deduction. Try the Charity Navigator’s search feature to help support your local charities. Call them to see if they accept non-cash donations and where you should take them. They may not accept all of your items, so ask what the requirements are before traveling to them.
Hold a yard sale
Selling your items at a traditional yard sale is perhaps the least lucrative route. The work involved with this method is a lot for a little bit of money. Price your stuff too high and you’ll still have it at the end of the day. Also, when you plan a sale you have to hope Mother Nature cooperates, which isn’t always the case. You can go the “virtual yard sale” route using Facebook and Craigslist to list and sell for free as well, but then you deal with no-shows and having to meet strangers somewhere.
Sell on eBay
eBay is a great option, but the fees are pricey. They charge a listing fee and then take a percentage of each sale. On top of that, PayPal takes a fee for money you receive. You can expect to pay about 20% after all is said and done on certain items. It’s also sometimes more trouble than it’s worth to have to ship fragile or heavy things. On the plus side, you get worldwide exposure and can accept credit cards, so you will get more for your items than you would otherwise. Best to save this option for very valuable yet small items.
Trade in on Amazon
You can trade in your items for Amazon gift cards, though the return isn’t great. This is a good option for electronics and books if you’re willing to take a price cut for convenience sake. For example, this Canon Elph camera costs $250 but trades in for “up to” $55 in Amazon gift cards.
Swap unwanted items
Have friends that just finished their spring cleaning? Have a swapping party. Everyone could bring their unwanted items, and see if they can use anyone else’s items. Have a BBQ and enjoy your day. Anything left at the end of the party could be donated or sold at a joint yard sale. Make sure you agree on what will happen to unused items before you throw the party. This is a great option for kids toys and clothes.
Don’t have friends that want to take your items? You could also list what you have available on Freecycle. Freecycle is not only a site where you can list the items you have available, but where you can also ask for items you may need. Since the site is setup for certain areas, this is a great option if you would like to help people in your community.
As you can see, there are many ways to get rid of your unwanted items. The best way to go depends on your items, where you live, and how much time you are willing to sacrifice to do it.
How do you get rid of your unwanted items? Any ideas to add?