As I believe I have mentioned before, I had been wanting to move for the last 3-4 years and have found many excuses not to. One of the main reasons being cost, especially cost and hassle of moving all my stuff. I have enough possessions and furniture to fill a whole 1 bedroom apartment (and then some, let’s keep it real here folks). Since I wasn't in love with a lot of my furniture because some of it was from college and some of it was bought cheaply and hastily immediately post-grad without thought for quality. These factors lead to my decision to sell as many of my belongings as possible and I’m going to show you how I did it.
- Possibility to sell all your stuff in one day or a weekend.
- Gives you a chance to practice your haggling skills in real time.
- Difficult to arrange - meaning there is a lot of prep that goes into it. For example, marketing a garage sale, putting up signs, arranging everything, pricing everything, etc. lots of time commitment with no guarantees.
- Huge time commitment.
- Harder to have a successful garage sale than you may think.
This is where I sold a couple of pieces.
- Has been a successful site for awhile now - lots of people know to look there.
- Easy to post and then interested parties reach out to you.
Side note: Also very useful for marketing your garage sale!
- More susceptible to scams (Be very wary of this, watch out for people who want to wire you money, do cashier's check, etc.).
- People seemed to be more flakey with this site in my experience (set-up times to come look at stuff, but would never show up, or reschedule three times, stuff like that).
This is where I sold approximately 80-90% of my belongings.
- I had zero experiences of scams with this platform unlike my experience with Craigslist.
- If you have the Facebook app on your phone, it is already built right into, so easy to check and respond to inquiries quickly.
- People have to have a Facebook account to access, which makes it a little safer in my opinion because you can see their profile which helps with knowing who you’re dealing with.
Side note: Another useful tool for marketing your garage sale if you decide to go that route!
- People like to ask you questions that you already addressed in your description, but its only a minor inconvenience. Make sure to include as much information in your description as you can to avoid this as much as possible.
Overall, I think we can all tell the real winner is Facebook Marketplace. Things sold like hot cakes through the Marketplace, often the same day or a few days later. Sometimes people would come from an hour or so away to buy something I got from Target, it was mind-boggling tbh. I got the most bang for my buck and my time was better spent through Facebook Marketplace, so I highly suggest you start your process there.
Comment below any additional suggestions you may have that worked well for you!