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Have a Yard Sale
 
How to condense your move and make some cash on the side
 
Having a yard sale prior to your move can help in two big ways:
 
  • You could potentially earn a nice chunk of change, depending on how well you fit the description of a pack rat
  • A systematic inventory of all of the things that youíve collected over the years, followed by a big kiss goodbye to your favorite old T-shirts means fewer items to move.
Additional tips:
 
  • Have your yard sale on the weekend and when the weather is mild.
    If you have the time, make it a two-day extravaganza and make sure to have a friend or family member on hand with you.

  • Place a classified ad in local papers, featuring your best or most unusual items. Itís also good to take advantage of any free advertising in your community i.e. supermarket bulletin boards, church, school or local Internet community. Put up your signs a day or two before your sale. You can also have your sale announced for free by a local radio station that hosts a swap-and-shop program.

  • The Golden Rule of yard sales: ďAnything goes." If you have doubts about the value of one of your items, put it out anyway. You never know when a complete stranger may want to buy your used flip-flops.

  • Consider what items might be obsolete in your area of residence. Will you need that snow-blower in Miami? And donít forget that some items might cost more to move than to replace--firewood, for example.

  • Check your ego at the door. Thereís a good chance that some of your most treasured items will be purchased for a costume or Halloween party.

  • Use reasonable pricing. Put yourself in the buyer's shoes: How much would you be willing to pay for clothing that went out of style 10 years ago?

  • The set up should be simple and organized. Arrange your wares so that browsers have room to comfortably walk around. If possible, make an electrical outlet available to test appliances.

  • Keep cash that you receive in a safe place. Keep out only enough money to make change and put the rest in the house. Don't accept checks unless you're well acquainted with the buyer.
Donate post-sale leftovers to charitable organizations. Some will send a truck to your home to pick up the goods (be sure to get a receipt, as your donation may be tax-deductible). If youíre turned down, simplify things by throwing out the item(s) in question.
 
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