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I had a great excuse to do absolutely nothing this year, however, Spring has arrived and brought me new strength and inspiration.

I woke up thinking that I’ll make A Spring-Season Resolution for this year: cleaning out all the extra junk, clothes, unused kitchen instruments and old power tools to clear space and make a little cash on the side.

There are a couple of options of how to make some quick cash with old, unused stuff. The first go-to method most people choose is to have a garage sale.  This is never an easy sale to organize; it takes lots of time to sort through all the stuff you want to get rid of, and then deciding on a goal price for each individual item.  

In addition to going through all your things and pricing what you want to go, you then have to spend a little money on advertising the sale and cross your fingers you make back at least what you spent on organizing the whole shebang.  

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Maybe a better way to organize a garage-sale kind of event would be to go in on a neighborhood sale with any neighbors also interested in clearing clutter.  With everyone chipping into the cost of an ad, you lower the cost of promoting the sale, and you'll draw a bigger shopping crowd who anticipate looking through several families' items, therefore increasing their chances in finding good stuff. Sometimes Real Estate Agents organize community garage sales and do all the leg work for you. See if you can find one in your area.

If throwing a garage sale isn't your cup of tea, you can try selling clothes and more valuable possessions to resale shops and upper crust second-hand stores.  Many of these stores will pay you on the spot for clothes etc., but others wait until your items sell to pay you a portion of the sale.

  

Many stores also have time limits on how long they'll attempt to sell your clothes and if you don't return to pick up the unsold items after a certain number of days they will automatically be donated.  It's important to keep track of how long your clothing has been at the store and to donate them yourself if they don't sell so you can get the tax deduction.

So now you're ready to tackle your closet, your kids' closets and all the unused stuff in the garage.  

Now here comes my favorite part.

With all the money I make during this ordeal I donate it to a charity, this not only brings me much joy, but puts a smile on my face when I browse through a house and garage where all the things look like they are in order, at least for now.

Happy Cleaning.

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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 28, 2011
    • Excellent idea about donating the proceeds to charity. I like that!



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      Denise Richardson wrote Apr 28, 2011
    • hearthappyYes Yana! I have done that in past times with donating to charities and it does the heart, mind and soul good.



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      Connie Wray wrote Apr 29, 2011
    • The last garage sale I had was under duress. I lived in Colorado and had been recovering from an injury and multiple surgeries. I wanted to go back to Pittsburgh, Pa. to be around my children.I obviously would not be able to take much back in just a car so I sold my little sports car and most of my possesions. I bought a bigger, older station wagon. The rest of the household items went to a shelter that helped homeless veterans set up their new apartments. As some of you may know,I am a veteran, a former medic during the Vietnam war, I served overseas. I urge anyone to find the groups in your areas that help homeless vets. Vets are the largest growing group of homeless on the streets today. The vets orginization at one time stepped in and worked with my land lord to keep them from evicting me while I recovered in a nursing home from a terrible injury suffered in their house I was renting.(I was in the hospital for 4 months). I can’t praise this group enough! Just google Veteran’s Affairs for your city. Thanx for letting me ramble, Connie Wray Proud to have served you all.



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      Kyah wrote Apr 30, 2011
    • I always donate because the co-op board doesn’t allow garage sales. I am going to start using the clothing bin for things not worth donating but may be reused as something else.



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      Paula Baker wrote Apr 30, 2011
    • I generally donate stuff to the Helping Hands organization of Rockwall, tx. In our times of hardship, Helping Hands helped get us through with food, help with electricity , water, you name it. What a wonderful organization in bad economical times families go through.



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      Plussize4you wrote Jun 3, 2011
    • I have never had a garage sale but have sold a few secondhand items the bit of cash was handy, most things end up at the salvos.



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