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Spring Cleaning, Selling and Recycling

By Yana Berlin

Let's 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.

Spring Cleaning

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.  

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.

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 and under your mother's house.  Spring cleaning to the extreme!

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      Mictinkc wrote Mar 29, 2010
    • Great tips! I’m getting ready to move and have been sorting through what to sell, trash or donate and we (spouse & I) had decided to move everything with us and have the sale at the new house, but I think that I would rather go with a consignment shop to save ourselves from having to move all of it!  happy

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      Astridmoral wrote Mar 29, 2010
    • I proposed it to my friends.  Everyone has something to sell.  We will do it! Thank you.

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      Bea Kunz wrote Mar 29, 2010
    • Yana, this is a wonderful idea and usually works very well when a group gets together as one.

      I do this type cleaning out once a year, except I don’t sell it, I donate it to the local Goodwill and to a local womens shelter.

      Both do wonderful work that most of us don’t have the talent or resources to do alone.

      They depend on giving hearts to make a difference.

      Goodwill is a very large non-profit that trains and supply’s jobs to those who are otherwise not marketable in the work force.

      We all know what womens shelters has to deal with , they need and deserve any and all the help we can offer.

      When I donate to a shelter I only give the very best of what I have....when one is dealing with the aftermath of being an abused woman she needs beautiful and good things to feel comfortable in and around. The same goes for the children.

      Extra money is awesome, and nothing wrong with that if it’s one’s choice...but please, everyone, give some thought to the other two options.

      Thanks for reading~heartbreak

      Bea Kunz

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      Trudeeblue wrote Aug 12, 2012
    • estatic  Great ideas

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