How To Have A Moving Sale

Moving would be easy were it not for all the tchotchkes you end up schlepping along. What better way to lighten your load than by having a moving sale? Five Cent Nickel has several tips to help your extra stuff move:

  • Separate out anything that’s easily eBay-able;
  • Advertise, advertise, advertise;
  • Price your stuff to sell;
  • As much as possible, price things by category;
  • Build in bulk discounts;
  • Check any and all pockets before putting an item out for sale;
  • Be prepared to negotiate;
  • Get your kids involved;
  • Donate whatever doesn’t sell.
    Remember that unlike a yard sale, the goal of a moving sale is to empty your house, not fill your pockets. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

    Ten Tips For A Successful Moving Sale [Five Cent Nickel]
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    1. Pelagius says:

      Given the yard sale article and now this I wonder what percentage of your readership actually has a yard or garage to sell from? We’re moving, and it’s going to be
      a. cragslist
      b. freecycle
      c. rent a table at a flea market

    2. Lula Mae Broadway says:

      Actually, I’d love you guys to crunch the #s and determine which is a better deal – selling stuff or donating all to charity and taking the tax write off. Especially when you factor in what your time is worth.

      My Dad passed away last year and I called up the St. Vincent DePaul Society & scheduled a pick up. Got receipts for everything and my tax refund was huge as a result.

      Obviously if you need the cash right away it’s a no-brainer, but if you can wait, what’s the better plan?

    3. homerjay says:

      I have a yard, but no garage.

    4. A-Bomb says:

      In some municipalities you’ll need to get a yard sale permit first.

      These rules seem to be in effect so you don’t run a flea market out of your garage all year long, but you should make sure you are compliant to your local regulations to avoid a visit from the men with guns. They aren’t big spenders.

    5. @Lula Mae Broadway: “ctually, I’d love you guys to crunch the #s and determine which is a better deal – selling stuff or donating all to charity and taking the tax write off.”

      The first issue would be whether you itemize or not. If you don’t itemize, you’ll be better off selling!

    6. facework says:

      @Pelagius:
      Some apartment dwellers in my neighborhood had a sidewalk sale. They were obstructing pedestrian traffic a little, but they seemed to be having a lot of fun out there bbq-ing with friends and drinking beer.

    7. JayXJ says:

      If you can arrage your sale with your neighbors. Several houses having yard sales at the same time draws more traffic. Like another poster stated a group BBQ is a lot of fun. Plus that many children will occupy each other.