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February 24, 2016

7 Ways To Get Rid Of Your Stuff (Besides Garage Sales)


If you read my post about Why We're NOT Having A Garage Sale This Year, then you knew this post was coming.  How do we get rid of our stuff without having garage sales?  Isn't that the only way?  There are lots of other ways to get rid of things, and some are a lot easier than putting together a garage sale.  

Here is the complete list of things I've done, or heard of, to help you decide the best way to get rid of yours stuff. 

Donate

This is probably the first option that comes to mind when wanting to get rid of your stuff while not having a garage sale.  Best of all, certain thrift stores can come pick up your donations so it's less hassle for you.  It's also great when you get a nice little tax deduction for donating, not to mention you might be helping someone in need.  

Throw it Away/ Recycle

Some things are just junk anyways.  I know at the end of our garage sales, we would have lots of stuff left over.  I'm talking about the same items that didn't sell the last garage sale.  This should tell us something right there!  

All those magazines you've been trying to get rid of, can be thrown away or recycled.  Anything broken or torn should definitely be thrown away, too.   

Curb Side


This one probably takes the least effort.  When I get tired of seeing junk we don't use anymore I throw everything into a box that says FREE on it and put it on the curb.  You will be surprised how fast it will go!  

Swap Party

This is a fun option that I've heard of, but have not done yet.  Basically you and some friends gather some stuff you want to get rid of, and swap them between each other.  Put out some food and drinks to make it extra fun.  Here are a few things you can get rid of at one of these swap parties.
  1. Clothes
  2. Jewelry & Other Accessories
  3. Books
  4. Shoes 
  5. Knick Knacks & Home Decor 
  6. Furniture
  7. Kid's Toys
  8. Kid's Clothes & Shoes

Garage Sale Drop Off

You might be wondering what in the world is this one about?  It might sound strange at first, but it worked great for me!  
  1. First, gather a few things during the week that you want to get rid of.  
  2. Then, between Thursday and Saturday keep your eye out for a garage sale nearby.  (People are always having garage sales near me, so I usually spot them on my way to drop off my daughter at school in the morning.)  
  3. Load your vehicle up and stop by the garage sale to ask if they would like your stuff to sell.  Let them know you don't want anything from it, but just to get rid of your stuff.  More than likely they will say yes.  
A few tips for this, make sure what you have is not just junk.  It doesn't have to be the top of the line, but raggedy clothes and broken toys are probably not going to be welcomed.

Also, be on the lookout for those people who seem to always be having a garage sale.  They usually do it for the money and love free stuff! 

Pass It On

When my daughter outgrows good quality clothes, I usually pass them on to my family members or friends who have kids that will benefit from those clothes.  You can do this with basically anything and it's very simple to do.  Just snap a quick photo of what you have and send out a text to whoever you think would benefit from it.  Make sure to include sizes.

Consignment Shops / Boutiques 

This is a great way to get rid of some of your stuff if you want to make some money with out having a garage sale.  
Many consignment shops and boutiques will gladly take your gently used items and give you a set price or merchandise credit.  

I have never been into a consignment shop, but it sounds really neat.  You just leave your items there and when they sell you will get a certain percentage from it! 

Boutiques are a little different.  They usually give you a set price upfront.  You could possibly even get merchandise credit.  They don't just take any clothes, so make sure you only take gently worn or name brand clothes.


Some of these tips might sound crazy, but these are just little things that have worked for me or I've heard other people doing.  In the end they all do the same thing, get rid of your stuff!

Do you have any Non-Garage Sale tips for getting rid of things  Have you ever been to a consignment shop or swap party?  What are your thoughts? 

I've linked up this post to these awesome parties!

6 comments:

  1. I donate a LOT!! I hate garage sales with a passion!!

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    1. Donating really is easier!

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  2. I've never even thought of dropping my unwanted stuff at someone else's garage sale! That's kind of genius!

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    1. Hi S Marie! It really is! I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. I was kinda nervous at first, but it's worked out great for me.

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  3. Another thing is, Auctions. In my area we have at least 15 auction houses. I took a van load to one and got over $400. They don't take clothes, but just about everything else! (Unfortunately, that is where a lot of my clutter came from!)

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    1. That is really awesome! I've never been to an auction and not sure if we have them down here but they sound worth looking into. Thanks for sharing with us!

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