What to Sell at a Garage Sale
There’s an art to turning your trash into someone else’s treasure. But it’s easy once you know the tricks. First up: a hunt for merchandise. Move obvious sale items into the garage (or another staging area) and do a clean sweep of the attic and basement. Then go room to room, box in hand, checking cupboards, closets, dressers, and storage bins for stuff you want to off-load.If you're not quite sure what will sell, follow these guidelines.
What’s Sure to Sell
Save These to Sell Online
Anything high-end with a searchable name (like Venetian glass). Use eBay for trinkets that are easy to ship (gold jewelry, coins, comics) and Craigslist for heavy or large items so buyers will be responsible for pickup. But if you know that you’ll never get around to selling online, you’re better off purging stuff at the yard sale, though you probably won’t make as much as you would through a resale site.
Tougher to Unload
Stuffed animals and outdated electronics and media. In other words, prices for your Encyclopedia Britannica or Discman should be rock-bottom.
Don’t Even Try
Stained clothes or dishware, used beauty products, food-storage containers, and worn bed linens. Says Chip Cordelli, a New York City–based organizer, “They’ll only junk up your display.”