yard sales http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11018/all en-US Ask the Readers: Do You Have Yard Sales? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-have-yard-sales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-have-yard-sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cups-3028401-small.jpg" alt="cups at yard sale" title="cups at yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-have-yard-sales#comment-687544">Gina</a>, Elena, and Laura for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Having a yard sale is a great way to get rid of that china set you always hated <em>and</em> make some money while you're at it. However, it might not be as simple as throwing up a YARD SALE sign one sunny Saturday. Your community probably has rules about when and where you can have a sale, and it can take a lot of work to set up and run the show.</p> <p><strong>Do you have yard sales?</strong> What are your experiences like? Are there any community regulations you need to follow when you host a yard sale? How do you spread the word about your sale? What is the most money you've ever made?</p> <p>Tell us about your yard sales and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <p> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d48/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d48">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script><p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, September 2nd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after September 2nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-have-yard-sales" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Have Yard Sales?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your yard sales and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers yard sales Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:36:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 981491 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Make Money With Friends http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-with-friends <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-make-money-with-friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-4912069-small.jpg" alt="friends" title="friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of your boring job? Wish you could find a way to earn a living while spending your days with people you actually like? You can. All you have to do is look to your friends. Check out these seven ways to make cash with your buddies. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-talk-to-friends-about-money">Should You Talk to Friends About Money?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Set Up a Group Yard Sale</h2> <p>While a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-yard-sale">massive yard sale</a> with your friends won&rsquo;t make you rich or even make you a decent living, it will put fast cash in your pocket while helping you unload years worth of accumulated clutter. There are several benefits to partnering for yard sale with friends. First, you&rsquo;ll benefit from a larger network of people who will help promote and market the event to friends and family and around the neighborhood, so you can increase the number of visitors to the sale. Second, when the sale is over, you&rsquo;ll have extra hands to help load up all the leftovers so you can cart them off to a donation drop.</p> <h2>2. Start a Business Together</h2> <p>I could have made this article a big list of all the different kinds of businesses you can start with a friend &mdash; restaurant, day care center, moving company &mdash; but that list is virtually endless. The most important message I need to send in this regard is that if you want to start a business with friends, you should have a meeting, discuss your strengths and passions, and start tossing around ideas for potential companies you can launch that will make you all happy. A good amount of capital in the bank doesn&rsquo;t hurt either.</p> <h2>3. Make Each Other Your Go-To Resources&nbsp;</h2> <p>Your and your friends don&rsquo;t actually have to work with each other to work <em>for</em> each other. If you have friends who are great at what they do &mdash; let&rsquo;s say one of them is an investment banker &mdash; use that friend as your sole referral when your contacts ask if you know someone. I&rsquo;m queried a lot by my contacts on who I&rsquo;d recommend. Of course, I always recommend a friend that I know can get a job done. Do that once or twice and a good friend will start returning the favor &mdash; which means more money in the bank for both of you.&nbsp;</p> <h2>4. Join Rent a Friend&nbsp;</h2> <p>Have you heard of this social networking site wherein random strangers pay for your company? It exists. Join <a href="http://rentafriend.com/">Rent a Friend</a>, and you could set your own fee for how much you&rsquo;ll make per hour or establish a flat rate for an outing with a potential new friend. Sure, it&rsquo;ll become a tricky situation if you actually become friends with the person who bought your time, but there&rsquo;s no harm in padding your pockets in the meantime.</p> <h2>5. Become Secret Shoppers</h2> <p>You have to be super savvy to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">make secret shopping work for you</a> &mdash; you generally don&rsquo;t get &ldquo;paid&rdquo; but rather are provided a fee for your outing in the form of a reimbursement &mdash; but if you can master the art of secret shopping, it&rsquo;s a great way to add a little cash to your pocket while enjoying quality time over meals and activities with your pal. The key is to spend less than the fee allotted for the scheduled event so you can score the free meal, etc., while pocketing whatever is left from the fee. If both of you get in on the act, you may never have to pay for lunch again.&nbsp;</p> <h2>6. Pool Your Money and Invest</h2> <p>This is along the same lines of starting a business with your friends &mdash; you&rsquo;ll need to put your money together to launch a company &mdash; but there are other ways to invest without having to go to an office every day. There&rsquo;s investing in the stock market, of course, but also think about hands-on projects into which you can each invest your money and talents and from which you can each reap the financial benefits of the final projects, like flipping a house, for example.</p> <h2>7. Buy a Bunch of Lottery Tickets</h2> <p>Granted, this is a long shot &mdash; but <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mega-millions-14m-jackpot-won-2-old-pals-article-1.1174983">it happens</a>. You don&rsquo;t have to be a rocket scientist to know that those 100 tickets you bought by pooling your cash increases your odds more than the 50 tickets you&rsquo;d buy on your own. Certainly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/playing-the-lottery-is-a-bad-gamble">not the most frugal or even the smartest way to spend your money</a> to make money, I admit. But, hey, we all have to take a gamble sometime. Every lottery winner in history has &mdash; and it paid it off.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-with-friends" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Ways to Make Money With Friends" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entrepreneurship Extra Income friends and money how to start a business lottery secret shopping yard sales Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:24:31 +0000 Mikey Rox 973370 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/468137657_e89c3f167e_z.jpg" alt="car boot sale" title="car boot sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to purge your stuff? Are you decluttering, or perhaps even selling everything to prepare for a life of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less" target="_blank">full-time travel</a>? By all means use the more conventional routes to lighten your load; they are discussed in these two posts:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips</a></li> </ul> <p>But for the path less traveled, here are a few creative techniques to enhance your selling spree (and maybe even have some fun in the process). (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">How to Have a Successful Garage Sale</a>)</p> <h2>1. Sell at Local Colleges</h2> <p>Students love a bargain, and they are good candidates for just about anything you're selling &mdash; especially at the beginning of the school year when students are moving in.</p> <p>You can post flyers around the school and create listings in the classified sections of college forums.</p> <h2>2. Cross-Selling</h2> <p>If you are selling locally, encourage your buyer to pick up the item at your place; once you get them in the door, they might want to buy other things. (This worked a charm for me when I was selling everything I owned.) Of course, be prudent about the circumstances around strangers coming into your home; by taking precautions like having a friend over if you're alone.</p> <h2>3. Have a Raffle</h2> <p>You can do all kinds of things with the raffle concept. You can raffle off individual items (usually of higher value), as well as &ldquo;kits&rdquo; or &ldquo;baskets&rdquo; of related items of a theme (for example &ldquo;kitchen&rdquo; or &ldquo;toys&rdquo;). And depending on what you're raffling off, you can visit local clubs or specialty groups to raffle off some of your related &ldquo;kits&rdquo; (for example your bike and accoutrements might be of interest to members of a local cycling club).</p> <h2>4. Living Estate Sale</h2> <p>If you want a safe hands-off approach to selling the lot, a living estate sale is for you. There are organizations popping up everywhere offering this service; people come to your home and catalog everything to market and auction items off. They deal with the buyers, collect payments, and arrange pick-ups.</p> <h2>5. Raid My Closet Party</h2> <p>Invite your friends (and friends of friends) over to do as the name invites!</p> <h2>6. Car Boot Sales</h2> <p>These are big in Europe, where people gather to sell their wares out of their cars (usually on a blanket or table beside the car). You pay a small fee for your slot, which often goes to the hosting school or church.</p> <h2>7. Virtual Garage Sale</h2> <p>I know somebody who created a website with pictures and prices of everything they were selling, then promoted the website locally with flyers etc, as well as online with social media. They also used the site as a referral point for eBay and Craigslist listings, thus giving buyers more information and employing cross-selling strategies.</p> <h2>8. Post on Specialty Forums</h2> <p>For specialty items like fishing gear and mountain biking gear, use the classified section of an online forum related to the item you're selling.</p> <h2>9. Have a Yard Sale Clearance</h2> <p>Hopefully you'll get professional &ldquo;garage salers&rdquo; in; spot 'em and ask them to make an offer for everything. Expect to pretty much give it away. But if you want your stuff gone, there might be a simple pleasure in just watching somebody take it all.</p> <h2>10. Facebook</h2> <p>You can use Facebook in a few ways to sell your stuff. I've had success with simply posting a status update with various items for sale.</p> <p>You can also find dedicated Facebook groups for selling by performing searches like &ldquo;Buy or Sell in [insert the name of your town]&rdquo;.</p> <h2>11. Smartphone Applications</h2> <p>There are some creative ways to sell your stuff using smartphone-based applications and groups. Here are a couple:</p> <p><strong>Poshmark</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.poshmark.com">Poshmark</a>&nbsp;hosts real-time themed selling parties which you &ldquo;attend&rdquo; on your iPhone. Create listings with your phone to fit the event's theme (such as designer handbags, bold accessories, skirts &amp; scarfs, etc). When your item sells, Poshmark handles the payment and sends you a pre-paid pre-addressed shipping label (to anywhere in the US). They'll deduct a 20% commission fee from your earnings for this service, and it's currently only available to iPhone users in the US.</p> <p><strong>Rumgr</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.rumgr.com">Rumgr</a> is a location-based marketplace that allows you to list your items from your smartphone and shows your posts to people living in your area.</p> <p><em>Do you have any weird ways to sell your stuff? </em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff" class="sharethis-link" title="11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living Extra Income Organization decluttering sell your stuff yard sales Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:36:42 +0000 Nora Dunn 952404 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Get Yard Sale Deals http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-get-yard-sale-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-get-yard-sale-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3560455081_184ce321b5_z-1.jpg" alt="Ways to Get Yard Sale Deals" title="Ways to Get Yard Sale Deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on getting yard sale deals, staying financially prepared, and the art of saving money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com//galleries/2012/pf/1207/gallery.yard-sale-deals.moneymag/index.html?section=money_pf&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_pf+%28Personal+Finance%29">10 ways to get yard sale deals</a> &mdash; Want to get good deals at yard sales? Test out any electronics before you buy them. [CNNMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://deliverawaydebt.com/budgeting/staying-financially-prepared/">Staying Financially Prepared</a> &mdash; To stay financially prepared, cinch up your budget and back up your important information. [Deliver Away Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2012/07/08/the-art-of-saving-money-on-food-or-anything-else/">The Art of Saving Money on Food - or Anything Else</a> &mdash; Oftentimes, frugality comes down to how you value and use your time. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/life-style/5-questions-to-help-you-make-better-financial-decisions/">5 Questions to Help You Make Better Financial Decisions</a> &mdash; Before you buy something, ask yourself what you will gain from the purchase. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/increased-my-income-by-2000/">How I Increased my Income by $2,000 in One Month (And How You Can Too)</a> &mdash; Increase your income this month by taking on freelancing work and saying &quot;yes&quot; to every opportunity. [Careful Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/newsletter/archive/20/fincon12-travel-savings-tips">FinCon12 Travel Savings Tips</a> &mdash; Travel expert Elizabeth Lang shows you how to save a bundle at this year's Financial Blogger Conference in Denver. [Wise Bread]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/why-you-need-a-will/">Why You Need a Will, and How to Make One</a> &mdash; If you make a will on your own, you will need a notary to sign it in order to make it official. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/bad-financial-decisions-that-will-hammer-you-with-debt/">Five Bad Financial Decisions that will Hammer you with Debt</a> &mdash; Don't make the bad financial decision of vacationing on credit cards. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/how-much-of-your-paycheck-should-you-save/">How Much of Your Paycheck Should You Save?</a> &mdash; When determining how much of your paycheck you should save, take time to evaluate what you are saving for as well as what your priorities are. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Hanging-Photos-Ideas-23902523">12 Ways to Organize And Arrange Your Photos</a> &mdash; To organize and arrange your photos, consider installing photo ledges. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/host-an-olympic-themed-summer-party">How to Host an Olympic-Themed Summer Party</a> &mdash; When hosting an Olympic-themed summer party, make sure you have medals to give out! [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-get-yard-sale-deals" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Get Yard Sale Deals" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping best money tips deals yard sales Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:48:28 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 941396 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Get Rid of Stuff Frugally http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fairfax_sale.jpg" alt="Two people holding sale signs" title="Two people holding sale signs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="187" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's a symptom of our crazy consumer culture that how to get rid of stuff is such a common topic of discussion. Stuff just seems to accumulate in American homes like plaque in our arteries, and too much of it can really drag down the efficiency of your home.</p> <p>Since my family is moving across the country in less than two weeks, getting rid of stuff has gone from a &quot;I really should do that&quot; item to a top-of-list emergency. My goal is to not have to pay to have anything hauled away. Here are 10 ways I've been clearing out the excess. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today"> 25 Things to Throw Out Today</a>)</p> <h3>1. Sell It Online</h3> <p>If you have an item with enough value to make it worth your time, by all means list it for sale online. In our current move, I'll be listing our dining room table and couch on Craigslist. I use eBay for high-end <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-special-occasion-clothing-for-kids">children's clothing</a> &mdash; in my experience, anything that sells for less than $20 is not worth the time it takes to do an eBay listing and mail it off. Of course, you have your own idea of what is worth your time, and it may differ from mine.</p> <p>For books, DVDs, and video games, it can be convenient to sell on Amazon or another site where you can enter the title or barcode info for quick product listing.</p> <h3>2. Hold a Rummage Sale</h3> <p>My experience with rummage sales over the years is that they have not been worth the time I took to plan and conduct them. For instance, if my husband and I made $130 during a five-hour rummage sale, and figure we spent at least five hours planning it, that works out to earnings of $13 per hour, split between two adults. Since either of us can make much more than that working, it seems like we'd be much better off giving the junk to charity.</p> <p>And yet, I find myself answering the siren song of rummage sale again this weekend. Oh well, at least some people <a href="http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/04/having-a-successful-garage-sale.html">make money on their garage sales</a>, so maybe I'll get lucky this time.</p> <h3>3. Sell It Through a Store</h3> <p>I have mostly done this with children's clothing, but in the slow economy, more and more shops are opening up where you can sell adult clothing, furniture, and other items at consignment. This is nice because once you drop the stuff off, you don't have to worry about how long it takes to sell &mdash; just check with the store later to find out if you made any money.</p> <p>You can also check with specialized shops such as used bookstores and video game stores, where you might get paid upfront. Today I&nbsp;received a crisp $10 bill from Gamestop in about five minutes. That sounds great until you hear that I&nbsp;had just handed over 15 old video games, some of them still in sealed packaging. My lesson on that one was that it doesn't pay to procrastinate when selling games and other media or electronics &mdash; the older they get, the less <em>you'll</em> get.</p> <h3>4. Freecycle</h3> <p>You don't get paid for stuff you unload through Freecycle, but you do earn the right to request items from other members. I really like using Freecycle both to pick up needed items and get rid of unwanted ones. It's my experience that someone will claim just about anything you offer on Freecycle. The downside is that &mdash; at least in my local group &mdash; it's not that uncommon for people to fail to pick up what they've claimed, leaving you wondering how long you should leave the item sitting on your porch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.freecycle.org/">Find a local Freecycle group here.</a>&nbsp;A newer sharing site is called <a href="http://www.ohsowe.com/">OhSoWe</a>.</p> <h3>5. Give Items to Friends</h3> <p>Our household has been the beneficiary of friends' moving days in the past, so of course we will pay it forward by sharing some useful items with friends. Items I will give away include houseplants, half-used jars of spices and other food, and a vacuum cleaner.&nbsp;</p> <h3>6. Choose Charities That Pick Up</h3> <p>If you have a large number of boxes or bags or furniture to get rid of, call a local charity thrift store, and you may find they'll be happy to send a truck over. (That's why I woudln't pay to have stuff hauled away, unless it was truly too useless even for a thrift store.) Some charities regularly schedule neighborhood pickups &mdash; I periodically get calls from both <a href="http://www.amvets.org/">AmVets</a> and <a href="http://www.purpleheart.org/">Purple Heart</a> to arrange pickups, and I almost always have a couple bags of stuff to put out. Don't forget to get a receipt so you can deduct the estimated value of the items from your taxes.</p> <h3>7. Check With Your Kids' School, Your Church, or Other Local Organizations</h3> <p>Sometimes you have some nice, newer items that you can't use, and you don't feel like sending them to a junk shop. I'll be giving some gently used kids' games to a local children's organization, and some school supplies to the kids' school.</p> <h3>8. Curb It</h3> <p>Most <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-we-pay-2-per-pound-for-garbage-disposal">communities charge extra</a> to have the garbage crew haul off a piece of furniture or other large item, but don't worry &mdash; in my experience almost anything remotely useful or recyclable will walk off on its own if you put it on the curb or in the alley a few days before trash day. The item we most wanted to get rid of was an old pole to a basketball hoop we'd pulled out of our yard &mdash; it still had concrete around the base and was extremely heavy. It took a few weeks of waiting, but eventually a scrap metal collector rolled through our alley and managed to haul the thing away.</p> <h3>9. Lose It</h3> <p>Once, when I was in Tokyo, I decided I no longer wanted a book I had brought along and tried to leave it in a public place for someone to pick up and enjoy. No such luck. People in Japan are so helpful that I was chased out of a hotel lobby, a cafe, and a taxicab with my book. It became a game for my friend and me, and we finally successfully ditched it in a cavernous arcade.</p> <p>Here in the United States, it's easy to ditch your possessions in public and hope that serendipity finds them a nice new owner. Of course, I don't mean you should litter or dump some junk on the side of the highway. For books, do this in cafes or on public transit. If you live in an area with a lot of homeless people, you can pretty much deposit used clothing or shoes on any street corner or alcove and count on them going to good use.</p> <h3>10. Barter It</h3> <p>I haven't tried this myself, but there are online networks where you can trade an unwanted item for something you want. <a href="http://www.palcycle.com/">Palcycle</a> has <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-10-items-to-borrow">borrowing</a>, selling, and trading.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Ways to Get Rid of Stuff Frugally" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income Organization declutter how to get rid of things sell your crap yard sales Thu, 17 May 2012 10:36:13 +0000 Carrie Kirby 929166 at http://www.wisebread.com Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2869732546_0eebb098ce_z.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While it&rsquo;s still difficult to find a full-time job in this economy, it&rsquo;s easier than ever to make a little extra cash on the side. Virtually anyone with items of value or a skill or service to offer can supplement their income &mdash; with the right resources. From hocking your books and DVDs online to getting cash back for a smartphone, here are 15 ways you can sell nearly anything you think of. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9&nbsp;Ways to Earn&nbsp;Extra Cash&nbsp;When&nbsp;Money&nbsp;Is Tight</a>)</p> <h2>1. Amazon</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/">Amazon</a> is a great place to unload books, CDs, DVDs, and games, but there&rsquo;s so much more that you can sell here. Basically anything with a barcode can be listed on the site as long as Amazon recognizes it. I&rsquo;ve sold many items here, including a VHS-to-DVD converter, water bottles, headphones, and tons of other gifts that I didn&rsquo;t want but for which I had no receipt; it&rsquo;s much better to have money in my pocket than clutter in my house.</p> <h2>2. eBay</h2> <p>You can find almost anything you can think of on <a href="http://www.ebay.com/">eBay</a>. With so many users looking for all manner of &ldquo;stuff,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s a safe bet that you&rsquo;ll be able to unload whatever it is you have to offer. A good trick of this trade is to start the bidding as low as possible. This will help miscellaneous and low-value items sell quicker, but it will also encourage buyers of the higher-priced items to start bidding early.</p> <h2>3. ExchangeMyPhone</h2> <p>This newish site is an excellent way to sell an older smartphone or iPad so you can have money to put toward a newer model. <a href="http://exchangemyphone.com/home">ExchangeMyPhone</a> accepts many popular brands, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Nokia, in various states of condition &mdash; even broken. Of course, you&rsquo;ll get less cash for a broken phone than one that&rsquo;s in pristine condition, but every little bit counts. Plus, it sure beats tossing the broken phone out with nothing to show for it. To put this in perspective, I entered in a used Apple iPhone 4 16G (AT&amp;T) in good condition (some scratches, average use) with no water damage. In turn, I received a quote of $105. When sellers cash out, the service will e-mail a postage-paid shipping label or send a postage-paid padded envelope. Upon receipt and inspection at the warehouse, the seller is paid by their preferred method of cash or PayPal.</p> <h2>4. Craigslist</h2> <p>You can sell lots of valuable items on <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/">Craigslist</a>, but perhaps the most popular is furniture. Craigslist is perfect for getting rid of large, heavy furniture because the buyers are local; they&rsquo;ll come to you and take it off your hands. The only fingers you&rsquo;ll have to lift are the one that take the money.</p> <h2>5. Airbnb</h2> <p>If you have an extra bedroom in your home and you&rsquo;re in an area conducive to travel (although don&rsquo;t brush your area off even if it&rsquo;s not in the city; people travel everywhere for all kinds of reasons), consider listing it on <a href="http://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>. My husband and I have listed our guest bedroom on the site for the past three years. We&rsquo;ve met hundreds of incredible people from all over the world &mdash; and made a pretty penny in the process. Hands down this is the easiest, most fun way to earn a lot of money on a consistent basis.</p> <h2>6. Etsy</h2> <p>Are you crafty? Ever wanted to sell your creations but couldn&rsquo;t find the marketplace? Enter <a href="http://www.etsy.com/">Etsy</a>, the most popular source to sell craft supplies and handmade and vintage wares. There are more than 30 categories in which to list your products, including bags and purses, candles, ceramics and pottery, dolls and miniatures, jewelry, paper goods (like greeting cards), quilts, and toys.</p> <h2>7. Gift Card Granny</h2> <p>Despite gift cards often being advertised as the gift that&rsquo;s always the perfect fit, that&rsquo;s hardly the case. Have you ever received a gift card that you didn&rsquo;t want or need? I know I have; at a white elephant party a couple years ago, I received a gift card to a supermarket that didn&rsquo;t have stores anywhere near my home. Instead of letting a gift card like that go to waste, you can try to recoup at least some of its value in cash by listing it for sale on <a href="http://www.giftcardgranny.com/">Gift Card Granny</a>. The site says that sellers can get up to 92% cash back for unwanted gift cards. Not too shabby for something you didn&rsquo;t buy in the first place.</p> <h2>8. Car Daddy</h2> <p>Not all vehicles are eligible for a trade-in, but <a href="http://www.cardaddy.com/">Car Daddy</a> lets users to list their unwanted cars and trucks for sale for free. Each listing allows up to 35 photos (the more photos you have, the easier it will be to sell the vehicle), and buyers are local which increases your chances of signing over the title without hassle.</p> <h2>9. Recycle Your Fashions</h2> <p>Every season I clean out my closet and give away clothing that I don&rsquo;t plan to wear to my friends or charity. But, to be honest, that&rsquo;s a wasted money-making opportunity. <a href="http://www.recycleyourfashions.com/">Recycle Your Fashions</a> has people like me in mind by accepting <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">brand-name clothes</a> (a list of acceptable brands is provided) in good condition that someone else may enjoy. As the site says, &ldquo;For every person who is looking to sell items from their closet, there is a buyer out there who is looking for that exact item for the price you are looking to sell it for.&rdquo; Totally true, and definitely worth a shot.</p> <h2>10. Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry</h2> <p>Among the methods I&rsquo;ve listed here to sell your stuff, <a href="http://www.exboyfriendjewelry.com/">Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry</a> one might be my favorite. I&rsquo;m sure there are other sites where users can sell their jewelry, but I particularly like this concept; it has a clever tongue-in-cheek appeal. The tag line is, &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t want it. He can&rsquo;t have it back.&rdquo; &mdash; to which I say, touché. There&rsquo;s important information you need to know, though. First, it costs $1.99 to post an ad &mdash; which is a rather low fee when you consider the built-in catharsis. Second, you will be required to tell your story &mdash; and if it&rsquo;s not about an ex, you won&rsquo;t be allowed to participate. I can&rsquo;t help but wonder, however &mdash; what in the world did the ex-boyfriend of the site&rsquo;s creator do to make her so bitter?</p> <h2>11. Cash4Books.net</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s as simple as it sounds &mdash; if you have books to sell, do it at <a href="http://www.cash4books.net/">Cash4Books.net</a>. This site is particularly useful for finding college textbooks since a lot of its users are cash-strapped college students.</p> <h2>12. Ultimate Buy Back</h2> <p>What I like best about <a href="http://ultimatebuyback.com/">Ultimate Buy Back</a> &mdash; where you can sell CDs, DVDs, and video games &mdash; is that there&rsquo;s no guessing game involved. When you enter in the barcode, the site automatically provides you with the fee it&rsquo;s willing to pay (no auction like on eBay and no waiting for the right buyer at your listed price like on Amazon). Once Ultimate Buy Back receives your titles in the mail, you&rsquo;ll get paid. That&rsquo;s money in your pocket in three simple steps.</p> <h2>13. StubHub</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stubhub.com/">StubHub</a> is the go-to resource when you have event tickets that you want to sell, such as if you can&rsquo;t make the event or received the tickets as a gift but don&rsquo;t want them. Those should be the only two reasons you&rsquo;re selling your tickets, mind you. Don&rsquo;t be that person who buys up all the seats during presale just to turn around and sell them to the public at a premium. That&rsquo;s just rude, man.</p> <h2>14. CoupRecoup</h2> <p>When you have a stack of Groupons and other daily deals like I do, you run the risk of the deals expiring before you have a chance to redeem them. If you&rsquo;re cutting it close, consider listing your voucher on <a href="http://couprecoup.com/">CoupRecoup</a> in hopes of selling it to someone in your area who can put it to good use &mdash; and pay you for it. Win-win for both parties, in my opinion.</p> <h2>15. Your Front Yard</h2> <p>Even if you think that nobody wants what you have in your attic or garage &mdash; specifically, those knick-knacks and other items that don&rsquo;t seem to have much value &mdash; think again. People will buy anything if the price is right &mdash; even those dust-covered chotchkies that it seems nobody in their right mind would spend a dime on (where do you think hoarders get all the stuff they have, y&rsquo;all?). If you plan to have a yard or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">garage sale</a>, however, be smart about what you put up for sale. I see so many people on those pawn-shop TV shows with an item they picked up for next to nothing from somebody&rsquo;s driveway to discover upon appraisal that it&rsquo;s worth big bucks. You don&rsquo;t want to be the one kicking yourself for handing over a pot of gold disguised as a piece of junk.</p> <p><em>Have even more ways to sell your stuff? What sites or methods do you use to make money on items you don&rsquo;t want? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff" class="sharethis-link" title="Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income declutter eBay selling yard sales Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 915083 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Have a Successful Garage Sale http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale.gif" alt="yard sale sign" title="yard sale sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I recently had my first garage sale ever as an adult. It was a wild success, if I do say so myself. In dollar terms, let's just say we made enough to go out to at least four gourmet dinners, which is completely worth the effort in my book. How'd I do it? Here are some things I did that might be helpful when you plan your own sale:</p> <h2>Advertising</h2> <p>Letting people know you're having a sale is, of course, one of the most important parts of the equation. I put a posting on <a href="http://www.craigslist.com/">Craigslist</a> on the Monday before the sale describing the location, time, and some of the better items for sale. I noticed that others who were posting about garage sales were including pictures and descriptions of some of their priciest items &mdash; a good idea, in my opinion, because people will email you ahead of the sale to purchase those items at full price. I also purchased a Friday ad in my local paper ($14), only because I assume professional garage sale shoppers scour these ahead of the weekend.</p> <p>Finally, I made numerous signs to be put up at major intersections near my home and in my neighborhood to guide people to the sale. Be sure to check your local ordinances and neighborhood covenants for stipulations about signs, though, and always remember to take them down after the sale.</p> <h2>Setting Up the Sale</h2> <p>The two most important things to keep in mind when setting up your garage sale are money and time. As far as cost, keep it low by borrowing everything you need, including tables and clothing racks. For these, I called on friends and family. All told, I'd say I borrowed about six long folding tables, a shelving unit, and a clothing rack, which was perfect for my modest two-car garage.</p> <p>I say to keep time, as well as cost, in mind because I failed to do just that. Apparently, lugging tables and clothing racks, setting them up, arranging items and pricing them takes some time. Who knew? I assumed (wrongly) that it was something I could knock out on the Friday evening before the sale. Give yourself several days to collect items, set up, and price items. And, speaking of pricing items, I erred on the high side. That way, people will bargain and feel like they're getting a great deal.</p> <p>I also recommend pricing items either by table (as in, &quot;all items on this table $2&quot;) or by type (as in, &quot;all pants $2&quot;). This is MUCH easier than pricing individual items. On the other hand, people don't like to look around, decide what category an item fits in, and try to guess price. So put prices on items that aren't clearly in one category or the other. Lastly, I'd only price in one-quarter increments &mdash; who wants to deal with making change in pennies, nickels, and dimes?</p> <h2>Checking Out</h2> <p>Have a cash box ready with plenty of bills and change. Despite the 20 or so $1 bills I had before the sale, I somehow found myself running short by 9 a.m.! Luckily, my parents stopped by (a consequence of living in the same town, I guess), and I hit them up for some change for a $10 bill. Problem solved, but you might not have that luxury. Prepare accordingly. Also be sure to keep the cash box on you at all times. It might seem like a no-brainer, but it bears mentioning.</p> <h2>Business</h2> <p>Here is a hodgepodge of tidbits to keep in mind during the actual sale:</p> <ul> <li>The majority of people will be in and out of your sale within the first half hour, since the serious garage sale shoppers know that you have to go early to get the good stuff! After that, it's a pretty consistent (though sparse) stream until near the end of your sale. Mine was from 7 to 11 a.m.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't be afraid to tell people to leave. This is your home, and you should feel safe. I doubt this is the norm, but I had to do it after a strange man decided that it would be appropriate to shout expletives at his wife/girlfriend via cell phone at the end of my driveway. He wasn't buying anything, anyway.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Consider selling other items. In my case, we sold brand-new tailgating chairs (a long story relating to a failed chair store endeavor some years back), but you could also sell baked goods or coffee.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do something with your barky dog. I thought about it beforehand, but couldn't think of a good solution to keep my giant Boxer from greeting people loudly when they approached. Perhaps you can come up with a solution for your own sale.</li> </ul> <h2>After the Sale</h2> <p>The work of a garage sale doesn't end at closing time, unfortunately. After the sale, you might consider selling some of your better unsold items on Craigslist (none of the shipping hassle that comes with eBay). You might also consider leaving some of your larger unwanted items on the curb and creating a &quot;for free&quot; post on Craigslist. Chances are, the item will be gone before the evening, no further hassle on your part required! Other items can be donated to your local <a href="http://www.goodwill.org/">Goodwill</a> or <a href="http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-local/Home">Salvation Army</a>, or you might consider posting an ad on <a href="http://www.freecycle.org/">The Freecycle Network</a>.</p> <p>In addition to taking care of unsold items, don't forget to return any borrowed tables or clothing racks to friends and family in a timely manner. And, after all is said and done, consider doing something worthwhile with the money you've earned from the sale. Although I said I made enough at my sale to pay for four gourmet dinners, I think my money will be better served in a high interest-rate checking account. Well, maybe whatever is left after just one gourmet dinner.</p> <p><em>What about you? What experiences have you had that led to a successful garage sale? Share your thoughts!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Have a Successful Garage Sale" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/career-and-income/extra-income">Extra Income articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income garage sale moving sale yard sale yard sales Tue, 05 Oct 2010 12:00:09 +0000 Janey Osterlind 254264 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Yard Sale http://www.wisebread.com/7-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-yard-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-yard-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yard_sale_sign.jpg" alt="Yard sale sign" title="Yard sale sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Warm weather invariably means spring cleaning, and spring cleaning means yard sales. There's nothing like declaring open season on clutter and taming those closets, attics, and garages (if only to fill them again next season). If you find yourself hosting a yard sale this year, here are a few common mistakes to steer clear of in order to increase sales and pave the way for a smooth de-cluttering.</p> <h2>1. Under-advertised Sales</h2> <p>The three most important rules to hosting a successful sale are Advertise, Advertise, and Advertise. Use Craigslist, your local paper, or popular community bulletin boards to get the word out. In your ad, clearly state hours of the sale and give readers a flavor of the items you have to offer. Remember, some hardcore yardies will be knocking on your door at 6:00 a.m. if you don't explicitly state &quot;no early sales.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Lack of Critical Mass</h2> <p>Avoid throwing a yard sale if you only have a few things to purge. Try eBay instead or piggy-back on a friend's larger sale. Serious yardies don't break for a single card table set up in the driveway with a smattering of items. If you can't avoid a smaller sale, work with your neighbors to coordinate a block-wide event that's more likely to attract customers en masse.</p> <h2>3. Sign Design</h2> <p>Some potential customers will be impulse shoppers, pulled in from the main roads while dropping the kids off at soccer practice or getting an oil change. Appeal to these folks by having clear, easy-to-spot signs that direct them (safely) from main routes. Opt for white signs with bold black print that direct drivers well in advance. No one appreciates a last-minute sign that demands a white-knuckle, Towanda driving moment on an otherwise peaceful Saturday morning. Opt for big arrows rather than a lot of text to direct your drivers. They can usually figure out where the sale is by following a series of well-placed arrows, rather than braking to read and remember the address. A bunch of balloons prominently displayed at the final destination is a cheap but effective way of letting drivers know they've arrived at the right spot. Check local ordinances before posting signs of any sort. Municipal laws vary on what types can be posted. Oh, and as courtesy to everyone, remove the signs promptly after your sale to avoid litter and frustrated late-comers.</p> <h2>4. Stratospheric Prices</h2> <p>Remember, this is a yard sale, not a Sotheby's auction. If it was truly a treasure you'd either be keeping it or bequeathing it to your kids. Price your items to move your items and realize you may not get rich off this enterprise. Being open to negotiation is another way to welcome interaction with your customers and make the day a bit more interesting. Where else in our daily lives can we haggle in a low-pressure environment and maybe teach our kids something in the process?</p> <h2>5. Free-Range Pets</h2> <p>I love dogs, cats, ferrets, and parrots as much as the next guy, but animals at sales only distract me. All the activity can stress your pet, and your pet, in turn, can stress your customers. Curb Spot for the day and realize that your customers are coming to a yard sale, not a petting zoo.</p> <h2>6. Disorder</h2> <p>Organization is the key to moving merchandise. Shoppers expect to dig a little, but not with a backhoe, so find the golden mean. Separate men's and women's clothing, mark sizes if they're not apparent, and price your items clearly. If you're hosting a large sale, keep the toys and kids' clothes in a distinct area. This can help families navigate larger sales and help parents keep track of the kids with less stress.</p> <h2>7. No Change</h2> <p>A buyer with exact change is a fantasy that ranks right up there with Santa Claus and The Tooth Fairy. Your customers will come from all walks of life. Many will have just gotten paid and be shopping for their kids' school wardrobe or for toys for the holidays. Have enough small bills and change ready to deal with the 20's and 50's that will inevitably come your way.</p> <p>Yard sales are a uniquely American phenomenon &mdash; our way of processing and passing along all the goods we have at our disposal. Enjoy the process: the spring weather, the time with your kids and neighbors, the friendly haggling. Making a few bucks in the process is just icing on the cake.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-yard-sale" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Yard Sale" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Kentin Waits. Kentin has written 4 guest blogs for Wise Bread and been published in Backwoods Home magazine. His writings have been featured in other top blogs such as Consumerist and Lifehacker. He's currently preparing to launch his own blog; look for it soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-living/home">Home articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Extra Income Home selling yard sales Thu, 13 May 2010 13:00:03 +0000 Kentin Waits 78450 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Explore Your Antique Attic Treasures for Profit http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-explore-your-antique-attic-treasures-for-profit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-explore-your-antique-attic-treasures-for-profit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/antiques1sft2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="200" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While more people are realizing the benefits of &quot;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">yard saleing</a>&quot; &mdash; both having and shopping at &mdash; there may be some items in your home that you'd like to unload but are not necessarily cut out for a place in a yard sale. These items, such as antiques and heirlooms, can often surprise their owners when the actual value of the piece is discovered. In some cases, families will not part with family tradition but for others, selling an antique can be a practical solution for decluttering a home and gaining financial income.</p> <p>Selling an antique or an item of great value can be difficult. Oftentimes, people who do not know any better will indeed place &quot;knick-knacks&quot; out on the yard sale table for a mere fifty-cents, only to have them scooped up by knowing dealers, resulting in the loss of a tidy sum. Antique dealers are known to hit up yard sales first thing in the morning to pick through the wares of others and are happy to pay a few cents for something they can resell for a whole lot more. People are happy to get rid of the items at the time, but would be livid to discover they could have made a lot more money with a little bit of research.</p> <p>So how do you determine what's hot and what's not? Here are a few tips to help you sort through the real junk and those items which have much more value than the sentimental kind:</p> <h3>Keep Reality In Check</h3> <p>If, for instance, you have the duty to clean out a loved one's home after they have passed away, you may go in thinking that you could make a fortune selling <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-are-memories-worth">Grandma's old stuff</a>. It is this excited thinking that gets people into trouble. Looking for a quick buck without doing any legwork will likely result in doing things the wrong way. Don't expect any kind of fortune so that if you should get any money for your antiques, you'll be pleasantly surprised.</p> <h3>Do Your Research</h3> <p>Since television shows like The Antique Roadshow came on the scene, a lot more people are taking an interest in what's in the attic. It seems so simple to make a few grand on a family treasure; however, it doesn't really work that way. There are a lot of different factors involved in determining the value of something antique. For example, if your item is not in mint condition, chances are good the price will be considerably lower than one that is. Use the internet and books at the library to research the piece you think may have value. Don't rely solely on websites like eBay either. While it can be a great way to find out what is selling these days, these auctions sites will not give you a true indication of what something is really worth.</p> <h3>Visit an Antique Show In Person</h3> <p>If you have the time and interest, it can be well worth it to visit an antique show to find out what you are getting into. Bring along really good photographs of what you have and find a specialist in that particular niche to ask questions about your items and whether or not you should pursue it further.</p> <h3>Get an Estimate</h3> <p>There are likely antiques dealers working in your area. You can speak to them about estimates on items you have. You can use the estimate to further your research.</p> <h3>Decide the Value</h3> <p>There is a huge difference between an estimate and an appraisal. An estimate is essentially an educated guess by an experienced person in that field whereas an appraisal is much more in-depth and can cost you up to $150/hour. Unless you are certain that an item you have is really valuable, it is best to skip the appraisal and do your own legwork to make a fair sale.</p> <h3>What's In Your Attic?</h3> <p>There are a lot of collectibles and antiques that are very much in demand and that could bring in significant income. Just some of the popular categories include albums, toys, sports cards, books, comic books, pottery, porcelain, furniture, jewels, and coins. There are also a number of books available that are specific to identifying high-valued items which you can use to identify what is worth the pursuit of sale.</p> <h3>A Bonus</h3> <p>After all of your research and hands-on education, you might develop a new creative outlet that earns money. Who knows? You may just start a life-long hobby and make a profit from something you actually enjoy doing. It may not be easy work but it certainly can be rewarding.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-explore-your-antique-attic-treasures-for-profit" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Explore Your Antique Attic Treasures for Profit" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> antiques dealers Making Extra Cash yard sales Wed, 04 Nov 2009 21:00:02 +0000 Tisha Tolar 3790 at http://www.wisebread.com