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How to Craigslist Your Garage Sale Leftovers

What do you do when your garage sale is over and you still have lots of stuff leftover? Don't just donate it - make more money off of your old stuff by selling it on Craigslist! These tips will help you make the most of your junk and turn it into cash you can put into your pocket, without causing too much hassle.

About a month ago, I went on a cleaning spree. I wanted all the crap out of my house. BUT, I hate garage sales. Just takes too much planning and time. I know they can make big money, but I rather just sell things off or give them away as soon as I decide I don’t want them anymore.

That said, I noticed people on Craigslist listing loads of stuff leftover from garage sales as a huge lot. I thought I could try that with some of our stuff too.

Separating the Crap from Maybe Money

If you need to ensure you don’t miss a single money-making opportunity, do a quick search on Craigslist or Nextdoor.com (like Facebook, but just for your neighbors and surrounding neighborhoods) for stuff like yours. If it is selling for anything, then list it. If it’s not or seems to be trash, you can list a free load of stuff to pick up on Craigslist or Nextdoor.com too.

I just want stuff gone, so I only sell the things worth $15 or more usually. The rest of it, I give away.

Listing Garage Sale Leftovers on Craigslist as a Lot

Several years ago, I listed a group of our games, books, and comic books.  Specifically a “Gamer’s Delight – Original Nintendo Games, D&D Books, Board Games, Etc.”  I got a few offers for individual items, but no single offer for all of it. I ended up selling 2 of the D&D books for $20 and 2 of the Nintendo cartridges for $10.  I gave the rest of the stuff away.

Have you ever been able to unload a whole lot in bulk? I see a few different listings, so I think it must happen. Maybe not just enough board gaming geeks for our specific lot…

Individual Listings

Here is an example of a recent item I listed. It was a gorgeous piece of stained glass, but it didn’t fit in any of the windows I had wanted to put it in, and I received it for free as a gift from someone who also received it as a gift from a garage sale somewhere. Obviously, it needed a forever home.

Beautiful Stained Glass – 41 inch by 15 inch

This is a 41 inch by 15 inch stained glass piece that is absolutely gorgeous. Sadly, It did not fit into the 50 inch by 13 inch space above my front door.

I’m attaching two pictures of it – one using the flash on my camera phone and the other not. As you can see, the design and colors are really pretty. It just didn’t fit where I needed it and I promised myself not to keep things I’m not using anymore…

$25 or best offer!!!

Please text me to arrange pick up!

I relisted it a few times in a month and then received an offer for the $25. I met him on the way to lunch. Easy peasy. Probably could have gotten $40, but I’m glad it went to someone who would enjoy it.

My 5 Tips for Selling on Craigslist

For individual items, I have come up with my own 5 tips for selling on Craigslist (even more details in this link). In short:

  1. Determine the list price by looking at comparables in your area.
  2. Clean it and take pictures, but don’t put a lot of time into this if it’ll be cheap.
  3. Write a full description including why you are selling it. People like details.
  4. Post as often as the site allows – that’s usually every 3 days for Craigslist and just bump your posts on community sites once a week.
  5. Offer to meet up in public places. Busy restaurant or shopping center parking lots actually works for my friends really well. I’m lazy and meet at the well-lit gas station near my house.

Have you ever tried this before?  What do you do when you just want to get rid of stuff that still has value?  I am also a big fan of Goodwill and Freecycle…

5 thoughts on “How to Craigslist Your Garage Sale Leftovers”

  1. Laura

    I’ve never thought of selling items as a lot. Might have to give it a try!

  2. Money Beagle

    I need to get more aggressive on getting rid of some stuff that I know will have value. Craigslist has always been concerning just because of the safety issue but I suppose that’s probably no different than having people come scope out your house through a garage sale, so I need to get off my can and do it.

  3. Crystal Stemberger

    @Laura, let me know how it works out for you!

    @Money Beagle, it’s actually safer than a garage sale since you determine the location and how many people you are surrounded by. 🙂

  4. Dave @ www.AffordEverything.com

    Great post Crystal, selling stuff on craigslist, can be a great way to earn some extra income. I sometimes make extra money buying things from garage sales at cheap prices and then flipping them for profit.

  5. Elizabeth Collins

    I have leftover garage sale items I need to sell in bulk. Terre Haute, IN. Please reply if interested.

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