Do you have a lot of stuff just lying around your house collecting dust and spider webs? Do you dream of hiring a junk removal service to haul it all way so that your place will look clean and uncluttered? Well, don’t let your desire to de-clutter blind you to the fact that some of the things in your home could be worth money. Why throw out stuff that’s worth something? Why not get back some of the value that you’ve invested in things that you purchased, used, and are now ready to get rid of?
You may ask yourself, what kind of stuff could be worth money? Well, how about clothes that are in your closet that you never wear? There are probably used clothing stores and consignment shops where you could take them, especially if you bought good quality stuff in the first place.
Auction or Post Your ‘Junk’
A good rule of thumb for deciding which things to get rid of and what to keep is how often you use that item. If you haven’t used it for two years, it might be something that you can live without. If it’s something that you can live with out, it still might be worth money to another person, even if it’s not a lot of money. You might think it’s complicated and time-consuming to get rid of your unwanted possessions. But actually, it’s easier than ever with the advent of websites like eBay and Craigslist. Try putting your slightly used items on one the aforementioned websites.
Sometimes you’ll be amazed at the stuff that other people will buy off you. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially if it’s stuff like sports collectibles or old toys. You might be surprised at what you can get for the old Matchbox cars or action figures that your kids no longer play with on eBay. There could be a valuable horde of treasures lurking at the bottom of you kid’s toy box. One advantage to using sites like eBay or Craigslist is that your sale items will be seen by dozens, perhaps hundreds of people in a very compressed period of time. The things you’re trying to sell will get exposure from far more people than could possibly see them at a garage sale.
Have a Yard Sale
Another good way to make some money from your old junk is to have a good, old-fashioned yard sale. Sometimes you can make a considerable amount of money from items that you thought were worthless. The real trick is to price things so that they will say. Many low-income and working people constantly cruise yard sales looking for affordable clothes for their families, used tools, furniture, or toys for their kids. It’s important to be flexible as to price and to make sure that everything has a price on it. Many times people won’t even inquire about buying an item if they have to ask what it costs first. Make it easy for your customers. Put a clear price sticker on everything so they know it will cost. Here’s another good tip for making sure that your yard sale will be successful: put a listing for it on Craigslist. Having signs for your sale in the neighborhood is great, but when you list it on the Internet, people all over your town will be aware of what’s happening.
You also need to be aware of the hidden value locked into things like old cars (even ones that don’t run), or even old appliances. Scrap yards will pay you for things like steel, aluminum, and copper that can be recycled. If you have a really old car out in the barn, or rusting away in the yard, there may be some car enthusiast out there who needs some of the parts and will pay you for the old wreck, including paying a Toronto junk removal service to remove it. Of course, if worse comes to worse, and you absolutely can’t sell your old stuff, you can always donate it to a charity that will haul it away, or hire a junk removal company to get rid of it. In some cases, it really is more cost-effective, and efficient, time-wise to simply hire professionals to get rid of your unwanted possessions.
What have you gotten rid of recently?