Having A Yard Sale? What To Sell And What Not To Sell

Yard sale, garage sale, rummage sale, or tag sale – no matter what you call it, selling your old, unwanted items can be financially smart. According to the Statistic Brain Research Center, the total weekly revenue from garage sales in the United States is $4,222,375. However, even a steep discount is not enough to sell some items at a garage sale. Here's a look at what to sell and what not to sell at your next sale.

What to Sell:

1. Gently Used Clothing

New and used clothing, especially children's clothing, sells fast. Quality clothing is in high demand, especially for parents on a budget. The key to selling loads of clothing is to price them right. Sell articles of clothing for as little as 50 cents each or you may end up having to donate the leftovers for free.

2. Power Tools

Drills, saws, sanders and other power tools generally sell well at yard sales. As power tools can come with a hefty price tag at the store, many men are looking for deep discounts on used tools. Only sell a used power tool if it's in good working condition. Lower the price if the blade is dull or if parts are missing.

3. Household Items

Household items like vacuum cleaners, curtains, dishes, and other home goods can sell quite well, especially to younger people trying to furnish their first home. Avoid selling any items that are ripped, stained or discolored. If items are only slightly damaged, such as a small tear that could be fixed, place it in a "free" box.

4. Toys/Games

Parents and grandparents of children are constantly on the lookout for toys, as kids quickly get bored of playing with the same toys and games. While you shouldn't expect a lot for most toys, they do sell fast and the quantity can usually make up for the lower prices. Place the toys and games near the ground to allow children to browse.

What Not to Sell:

1. Car Seats

Used car seats may seem like a smart buy since they are costly in the stores, it's best not to sell them at all at yard sales. The ever-changing guidelines associated with infant and children's car seats, along with constant product recalls, makes selling a car seat irresponsible.

2. Mattresses

Bacteria, mold and bed bugs thrive on used mattresses. While these things may not be visible to the naked eye, there can be thousands of unpleasant particles and debris living on a seemingly clean mattress. When it comes to mattresses, it's better to buy new than used. Hire a junk removal company to come and get your old mattresses.

3. Cribs

Similar to children's car seats, baby cribs have strict guidelines that make selling them used unsafe. Cribs are often recalled due to potential dangers, such as crib bars that are too far apart, allowing children to get limbs or their heads stuck. To be on the safe side, have your old crib hauled off by your local junk removal company.

4. Appliances

Potentially dangerous appliances should never be sold at yard sales. Some used appliances, especially kitchen appliances such as coffee makers, blenders and toasters, may only work part of the time and can pose a fire hazard. Unless the appliance is new or has been rarely used, dispose of it instead of selling it.

Having a yard sale is an excellent way to make some extra cash while getting rid of unwanted items in your home. While many household items are safe to sell, there are some that should be disposed of in other ways. For more information on how to get rid of unwanted items in your home, contact your local junk removal company.