Side Hustle: Garage Sale Wrap-Up

We are now to the end of Garage Sale Week here at Live Real, Now.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.

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After you shut down on the last day, take the evening off.   You’ve just been hard at work for 2-3 days and need a break.  Deal with the stuff tomorrow.  Tomorrow–and probably the next few days–you’ve got work to do.   What do you do with everything that didn’t sell?   If you’re planning on making garage sales a regular side-hustle, just box it all up and put it to the side until next time.   After all, it’s all priced, sorted, and ready-to-go, right?  If, like me, your goal was to declutter, then it’s time for some serious downsizing.   Let’s dump the crap.

The first thing we did was box up all of the books and movies to bring to the used book store.   We dropped the items at the sell table and spent half an hour browsing a bookstore.   That’s never a good way for me to save money.   The store we went to checks the demand for everything you bring in.    If there’s no demand, they donate or recycle the items and you don’t get paid.    DVDs bring about $1 each.   VHS is demand-based.   Paperbacks are something less than half of the retail price.   Hardcovers are demand-based.   We were offered $28 and pointed to the huge pile of discard/recycle items that we were free to reclaim.   I picked out 4-5 books and movies that I thought had value and left the rest.    Bringing the clutter back home would defeat the purpose of going there.

The clothes were handled two ways.    First, all of the little girl clothes were bagged and set aside for some friends with a little girl.   The rest were bagged and loaded in the truck for a run to Goodwill.    The clothes filled the box of our pickup.

The random knick-knacks were also boxed up and delivered to Goodwill, along with most of the leftover toys.   This was another completely full truck box.  We had a lot of stuff in our sale.

The beat-up or low-value furniture that didn’t sell was put on the curb with “FREE” signs.   I posted the free items on Craigslist and they were gone in just a few hours.   The Craigslist ad said “Please do not contact, I will remove the listing when the items are gone.”   Otherwise, there are usually 10-15 emails per hour asking if the items are still available.  The ad didn’t even have pictures and it worked quickly.

Some of the furniture–the toddler bed, changing table, china cabinet, and the good computer desk–were hauled back to our garage to post on Craigslist with a price-tag.  They are too good to give away. If the camera wouldn’t have died two nights ago, the pictures would already be up.  Some of the other items were also reserved for individual sale.  The extra router, the 6 inch LCD screen, and a few other toys will go on Ebay.

Finally there was some stuff that we decided we weren’t going to get rid of.    We kept a few movies, but only because I didn’t notice them until I got back from the bookstore.   My wife kept a box of Partylite stuff–though most of the leftovers were donated.   Very little of the things we had ready for sale are being kept in our lives.   Almost all of it is gone, or will be soon.

All in all, this was a cathartic end to last month’s 30 Day Project.    There was some surprising emotional attachment to some things I didn’t think I cared about. It’s good to see it gone.

Note: The entire series is contained in the Garage Sale Manual on the sidebar.

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