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Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Got junk? Forget the old-fashioned way of moving all your objects in front of the house and slapping a price tag on them. Today it’s easier than ever to sell your unwanted stuff online, but there are a lot of different methods and services to choose from! It’s easy to get overwhelmed and instead just let things pile up. But those items may actually be worth more than you think, so it’s time to try the modern way to clean out your closets (and make some extra cash)….the online “yard sale!”

Here are my best tips for crafting and posting the perfect listing to sell your items online.

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Package perfect.

Include any original packaging, extra parts, or owner’s manuals you have for each item. If you can’t find anything, you can always search online for the item’s owner’s manual and print that out.

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Create a package deal.

Instead of selling DVDs individually, create a bundle of 10 DVDs. These bundle listings will stand out among individual listings. It’s a great idea for kids’ clothes, too!

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Get a great picture!

Take the photo during the day, near a sunny window, with your indoor lights turned off. Pay attention to the background of the photo too! An easy way to have a clean, bright background is to take a photo of your items on against a white wall or poster board.

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Cover all the angles.

For handbags, be sure to snap a photo of the inside of the bag! Take plenty of photos from all angles so you can select the ones that show off your bag’s best features.

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Be specific & detailed.

In your listing title, include brand names, model names, sizes, colors, etc. Be specific, because your potential customer’s are probably looking for something specific!

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Include the item’s original price.

For example, a $500 bike you’re selling for $250 sounds like a great deal!

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Book it!

If you’re selling books, head to Powells.com and click on the “Sell Books” tab. They only accept gently used books (so no rips, tears, or water damage). But your books in good condition can earn you some cash, or more if you’ll take store credit!

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Electronics sell!

If you’re looking to sell electronics, check out Gazelle.com. You can find an offer on your device quickly, and they’ll even foot the shipping bill AND send you the proper shipping materials. Take a look, you may get a bigger offer than you expect!

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Furniture fever.

For selling furniture, be sure to check out Chairish.com. You’ll send them a photo and details of the item you want to sell, and they’ll let you know whether or not they are willing to sell it. If they are, they’ll work with you directly to create a great listing and coordinate shipping.

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Sell “Instantly.”

There’s actually quite an active buying-and-selling community on Instagram! Post a photo of your item on your feed, along with relevant product details and your desired price, and see what sort of interest you can stir up! You can also include relevant hashtags in your caption to draw in interested buyers.

Declutter Your House & Make Money! How To Host a Yard Sale Online

Harness the power of the group.

Many communities have “yard sale” groups on Facebook that are dedicated to locals who want to buy and sell items. The benefits of joining one of these groups over using a service like Craigslist is that you can see the real names and photos of your prospective buyers, and you know they live somewhere nearby. Just type in “[your city] yard sale” in the Facebook search bar to see if there are any groups you can join.

What is your best tip or trick for selling your stuff online?

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  • I’d like to say thank you for sharing this information. It’s been a great way to save money and also time. But I don’t have a website yet.

  • Great tips! I’m thinking of getting rid of the clutter. I want to gift/throw away/sell some clothes ( a have a looooot of clothes…) I never thought about FB groups and Instragram :) Thank you!

    • Yes there’s several I use: 1) Vinted: you can buy and sell used or partially used or even with still tags on nationwide. There’s an app for it, too. There’s several others also, but I like Vinted the best as they don’t ding you with high commissions. Also there’s 2) Close5, 3) letgo, and 4) Offer Up–all three have apps you can download. None of these 3 sites have commission and you can buy or sell anything from clothes, musical instruments, furnitures, etc. It is safe and it exposes your items to local or however far you set your perimeter on the app. I love these four apps.

  • I have been very successful selling & buying through local online yard sales. In fact, I completely redecorated my teen’s bedroom inexpensively through these local online groups. They’re mostly on Facebook and yes you can see their information. We meet in public places such as parking lots for safety reasons.
    I sold my entertainment center to put towards redecorating my living room. Next is bathroom, some items I will be buying brand new others through online groups.
    I love them, they have a great selection and you can post items that you are looking for as well.
    Happy bargaining!

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