What to do with Leftover Garage Sale Items
Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Your garage sale was successful and you made some money. Most people will end up with some items that did not sell. What are you going to do with those? Here are some ideas that help you to get rid of the stuff that didn’t sell at your garage sale.
4 Ideas for Getting Rid of Garage Sale Leftovers
You can’t wait to get rid of the “leftover” items from your garage sale. There are people in need who would love to have them! Pack up the clothing, bedding, towels, and kitchen items into some boxes. Donate them to your local Goodwill (or your favorite charity).
Make sure you contact the charity and get information about when they take donations. Ask for a receipt. You might be able to claim those donated items as a tax deduction.
Sell it on eBay
Are you active on eBay? There is a chance that your unsold garage sale items might sell if you post them on eBay. Doing so gives those items a wider audience of potential customers. Things like electronics, toys, and vinyl records could potentially attract attention on eBay. Take a good photo of each item and be extremely honest in your description of it.
Help your family
You don’t need the items that you were trying to sell at your garage sale. Do any of your family members need it? Consider offering the unsold items to a family member who can use it right now. Give the items away as a gift and feel good about making things easier for your relatives.
College students who will be moving into their own apartment are usually in need of kitchen related items. They might also need a nightstand, end table, lamp, bookshelf, or other furniture. Pregnant relatives will soon have a need for the baby clothing and baby items. Start asking family members if they would like some of the stuff that didn’t sell.
Give it away through Craigslist
Find the Craigslist website for the city or town you live in. Look for the “free” section (that is under the “For Sale” category). People post items that they want to give away for free on their local Craigslist.
Someone who wants some or all of your garage sale items that did not sell can contact you. Typically, the person who wants the free stuff is expected to come to you in order to pick it up. You are not required to bring it to them. Craigslist can be a bit “iffy”, but might be worth a try if all else fails.