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Clearing out your home is part of getting ready to move. You ruthlessly cut through your belongings, removing anything that you can. Unburdening yourself, however, can leave you with piles of belongings that aren’t trash and just might be a treasure to someone new. If you’re like us, however, a garage sale is out of the question. We live too far off the beaten path, to begin with, not just off the main road, but off the main road and down a small off-shoot of a dirt road. Even with a GPS people still get lost.
Thankfully, there are a number of online garage-sale-esque options where you can sell your belongings and make a little money on the side.
Sell Junk Online with Facebook and Facebook Marketplace
Facebook on its own provides lots of opportunities to unload unwanted items. Check your local community groups for ones that are focused on trading, sales, and bartering. This is a great first stop but even better is the Facebook Marketplace. From this all-in-one location, you can post to any local groups, and access nationwide options by being willing to ship items. Plus, Facebook doesn’t take commission on sales.
On the downside, however, you have to keep track of where your items are posted and follow the rules of any groups you post to. You’ll also have to remove your items yourself if they’ve sold and you have to keep track of your Facebook messenger – for some reason, messages from people you don’t know are difficult to find and chances are it’s a stranger buying your stuff.
Sell Junk Online with Craigslist
Craigslist has been around for ages and is a great place to post things for sale for free and find things for cheap. I love checking out the ‘Free’ section. Living near Portland, Oregon means that occasionally there are some real treasures left out on the curb with a ‘Free’ sign on them.
The biggest downside of Craigslist is that in some places the use of the website is pretty scarce. You might get lucky and still have a bustling sales area though.
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Sell Junk Online with VarageSale
VarageSale is a lot like Craigslist. It’s focused around your area which means everyone that checks out your items is going to be. However, you may have to ask permission to join your local community or nearby communities. And be sure you follow all the rules posted so that you aren’t removed from a group. Best of all, VarageSale is available in an app for your smartphone.
Where there used to be two more options for online garage-sale type selling, there is now only one. OfferUp purchased letgo and absorbed it. OfferUp is a great option and is best used on your smartphone via their app. I’ve enjoyed using it, and the ability to take pictures with my smartphone and post them online is definitely a plus. They also have a shipping option available that helps you estimate shipping costs and add that to the price. You can also promote items.
The con is that they take a percentage and charge for promotions. If your items sell quickly it might be worth it, however, I’ve never had success selling anything I listed.