Believe it or not, this winter’s snow and cold will eventually be a thing of the past. And with spring will come the nearly irresistible urge to purge your house of all the extra stuff lurking in the closets, hanging out in the garage or hiding under your kids’ beds.
While a yard sale can be a quick and easy way to unload all those extras, you’ll never get top dollar for items sold to local bargain hunters. If your goal is to make as much money as possible, here are some of the best places to sell your stuff.
If you have brand-name or designer duds in good condition, your best bet is to take those items to a local consignment shop. Depending on their policy, you might be paid up front or when an item sells.
How much you get also depends on the store; some split the selling price 50/50, while others may give you more or less. In addition, you might make more if you accept a store credit instead of cash for your items.
Before you load up bags full of clothes and head to the store, pay the shop a visit first to check it out. Different stores cater to different clientele, and consignment shops tend to be picky about what they accept. Then, when you do bring in your clothes, make sure they are freshly laundered and folded.
If you live in an area with no consignment shops nearby, you could use an online option such as ThredUp.com, Tradesy.com or Swap.com. But, depending on your items and the particular site, you might not get as much as you would through a local shop.
Used bookstores are a dying breed, but if you have one nearby, you might want to see what your book collection would garner there.
To find out how much your books are worth, head to BookScouter.com, which will list the going price on more than 40 websites. However, you’ll have to go directly to Half.com to look at its prices.
Recent college textbooks and popular hardcover books are your best bets for making some money. Paperbacks and older books may be better used as a tax deduction by donating them to a local thrift store.