Moving sales are touted as tried-and-true places for bargain hunters to score deals on hard-to-find treasures and cheap household items. For sellers, however, moving sales are typically less about benefitting financially and more about cutting down the amount of stuff that needs to go in boxes.
- Selling collectable or nearly new items on Amazon or eBay can often yield a greater profit than trying to sell those items at a tag sale. Odds are you don't have niche collectors willing to pay a premium living right around the corner, but you can take your pieces directly to where they live online and earn more money for moving. Brand-new items with the tags still on, nostalgia items related to TV shows and movies, popular books, and toys in good condition all sell well online, for higher prices than you typically see at yard sales. EBay's auction format also keeps you from having to set the price, so you don't have to worry about undervaluing a desirable item.
- Consigning clothes, shoes, purses, and jewelry is a time-honored strategy that clotheshorses can use to make money for moving online as well as off. The up-and-coming site ThredUP lets parents get rid of kids clothes without leaving the house. The site will send you a prepaid shipping bag to fill with clothes and shoes (sizes over 12 months) and pay you for the items via PayPal within about two weeks.
- If you have old electronics that are in good condition and were made within the past five years or so, resell those items on a site such as Gazelle, BuyBackWorld, or NextWorth). These sites pay via check or PayPal (Gazelle also offers the option of an Amazon gift card). Websites that specialize in reselling electronics such as MP3 players, cell phones, DVD players, and laptops attract an audience that is specifically searching out such items with the intention of buying them.
- Record stores might be fewer and farther between than they were years ago, but you don't have to go hunting for one to unload old CDs and DVDs to make some money for moving. Websites such as Second Spin and The CD Exchange have stepped in to fill the gap, reselling music and movies.
- Even items that might seem like total junk -- old lawn chairs, pool equipment, yard tools, etc. -- can be recycled for cash. Many local communities have recycling centers that will pay for scrap metal. Look online to find centers in your area and see if they will pay for your scraps.
If all else fails, a number of charities take tax-deductible donations of clothing, furniture, and other items in exchange for tax write-offs. Many of these places, including the Purple Heart Foundation and Salvation Army, will even come to pick up items for you, eliminating any investment of time or gas on your part.
Of course, you can take advantage of these tips anytime, even if you aren't planning to move. Take to the web to de-clutter and make money at the same time.