Everything Must Go! How to Sell Your Stuff—for the Most Money—Before You Move

Taking the time to sort and sell your stuff before a move could save you a lot of money; in fact, it might even pay for your move entirely. And with the abundance of online marketplaces available, it’s never been easier to sell your stuff hassle-free.

But what if you aren’t just looking to get rid of things, but also to sell them for the best price? We spoke with moving experts from around the country to bring you these insider tips on selling your stuff for the most money.

Bundle items together

There are a lot of online marketplaces claiming to be the best one to help you sell your stuff, but in practice they’re not all equal.

“Craigslist is 80% flakes,” says New York City–based art collector Michele Hembree.

In 2018, Hembree and her family began the grueling yearlong process of moving from their suburban Alameda, CA, home to a small apartment in New York.

They had a lot of stuff to get rid of— everything from old books to 20 years’ worth of Christmas ornaments, children’s toys, and camping gear. After making a checklist with her husband, she got to work on selling nearly everything they had.

Using high-traffic sites like Facebook Marketplace (for small things) and Chairish (for furniture and larger pieces), Hembree’s strategy was to focus her efforts on marketing the items to get the best price.

“Sometimes I’d bundle things together—then you can ask for more,” she says.

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Watch: 4 Things You Have to Leave Behind When You Sell Your Home

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Put time into your photos and descriptions

Hembree also found that she had the most success when posting her items for sale with high-quality photos and descriptions, including information about the item’s brand and quality.

“If you take photos of your stuff in a dark corner, no one will buy it,” she says. “The photos have to be good.”

Miranda Benson, marketing coordinator for San Francisco–based moving company Dolly, emphasizes that point—with an extra trick to make your stuff stand out.

“I always advise including at least one stock photo of the item—you can usually find this by Googling the product and brand name,” she suggests. “And then a few well-lit, high-definition photos you’ve taken yourself.”

Benson also stresses the importance of the description.

“Make sure to be clear about what’s included, what condition it’s in, how long you’ve had it, and what kind of home it comes from, like if someone has a pet or smokes,” she says. “Whether it’s a designer handbag or a functional futon, buyers need to evaluate for themselves what they’re getting.”

Don’t rely solely on online marketplaces

To be sure she was getting the best price for her stuff, Hembree also sold through a variety of channels both online and offline.

“We had a great secondhand store nearby,” she says. “So maybe once every two weeks I would drop off a box or a piece at the consignment store—then I’d pick up a check a few weeks later.”

Just before the move, she got rid of her remaining things by selling them on site, bundling low-cost items together.

“It was a huge garage sale, and we had a great turnout because I advertised it a lot on sites like yardsales.com and estatesales.net,” she says.

Benson also encourages her clients to sell through multiple channels, citing Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp among her favorite online platforms. Although she doesn’t explicity dislike Craigslist, she says, “It does require you to be checking your email or texting people, which isn’t always the most effective for a quick sale.”

For more efficient sales, Benson recommends people tap into their personal networks, and take advantage of common interest groups, using them to advertise any niche items that might be harder to sell elsewhere.

“I belong to a few Facebook groups that are specific buying and selling marketplaces, including one for fans of Modcloth and vintage-style clothing,” she says. “I find selling my clothes there to be much easier than selling them on Poshmark or similar sites, because I’m reaching a niche audience that’s specifically interested in what I’m selling.”

Time it right for the best sale

Like most things, timing matters when it comes to making the best sale. Benson advises selling when people are in a shopping mood—that is to say, just after they get paid.

“Post new items on payday—generally the 1st and 15th of the month, or the second and fourth Fridays of the month,” she says. “Unless you’re selling a significant amount of items, you won’t notice a big difference, but you’re likely to see more activity and more deals being made after people get paid.”

Hembree used a similar tactic to sell her stuff for the most money, often dropping items off at a consignment shop just before the weekend— or posting new items online Friday afternoon.

“If people are going to be picking something up,” she says, “or scrolling these sites or going to a store, that’s when it’s going to be.”

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10 Times When It Pays to Be a Cheapskate

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Nobody wants to be labeled a cheapskate. But sometimes, it makes good financial sense to purchase a cheaper option if you can.

A high price tag doesn’t necessarily make something better.

Often, low-cost items will serve your needs just as well. Or, the higher-quality option might not be worth the extra money. Other times, there’s little or no difference in quality between the priciest and cheapest versions of products.

What follows are examples of times when it’s smart to be cheap.

Prescription drugs

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Generic prescription drugs must have the same active ingredients and strength as brand-name versions — and they can cost up to 85% less, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

So, unless your doctor or pharmacist has given you some reason to pay extra for a brand name, you likely are smart to be a cheapskate about prescription drugs.

To see if you can save even more on your prescriptions, check out the free online tools like PharmacyChecker that we detail in “5 Websites You Should Check Before Buying Prescriptions.”

Over-the-counter medicines

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When you’re sick, the sinus, headache and flu medicines you think of first probably are the ones you’ve seen advertised on TV or in magazines.

However, these well-known brands are more expensive because those advertising costs are built into the price. Often, just as with prescription medicine, you can find generic versions of these products at a cost much below those of the popular brands.

Tools you’ll rarely use

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Do you have a one-time project requiring tools you don’t already own? Think hard before you invest in expensive drills and saws. Buying costly tools just so they can gather dust is the very definition of a bad investment.

If you won’t be using these tools over and over, renting them could be a smarter choice. In fact, you might even be able to check out certain tools from your local library for free, as we detail in “8 Surprising Things You Can Borrow From a Library.”

Furniture

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Have you checked furniture prices lately? You could easily spend thousands of dollars furnishing a single room of your home if you paid full price at a retail store.

Fortunately, it’s not hard to find decent-quality furniture without paying retail prices these days — if you know where to look.

If you’ll consider buying secondhand, you have a growing number of options.

There are always thrift stores and consignment shops — and don’t forget to check estate sales, too. Nowadays, you also can find individuals selling furniture in your area via platforms like Facebook Marketplace and apps like OfferUp and Letgo.

If buying used is not an option for you, look for a local furniture outlet store, such as a Rooms To Go Outlet, or a discount store with a furniture section, like some Big Lots locations have. Or, check your local warehouse club.

Greeting cards

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When you buy someone a present, the purchase doesn’t feel complete unless you add a greeting card. Unfortunately, greeting cards can be ridiculously overpriced — $3 to $5 for a piece of paper? So, always look for ways to save.

You also can make your own greeting cards. Or, find them for a buck or less at dollar stores and even Trader Joe’s.

Cars for teenage drivers

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It’s tempting to buy teen drivers a new car. After all, modern vehicles have fewer maintenance issues and come with the latest safety features.

But consider the financial drawbacks. New cars depreciate quickly. Even a slightly used car will cost you thousands of dollars less than a comparable new model. That’s why buying a cheaper used vehicle is always your best choice.

“The 15 Cars Most Likely to Last You 15 Years” offers valuable information for your next car purchase.

A cabin on a cruise ship

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Ahhh, it’s great to treat yourself to a vacation. And if you refrain from blowing all of your savings on this one trip, you’ll have more left in the bank for the next trip.

If you are planning an ocean cruise, for example, think about which splurges matter the most. Cabins with sea views are more expensive than inside cabins. Unless you’re planning on spending a great deal of time in the cabin looking out the window, though, why get one that overlooks the water?

Overnight hotel stay

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When you’re planning to stay at a hotel for several nights, why not pick one with all the amenities you’ll need? You’ll want a large room for relaxing, a restaurant, a swimming pool and perhaps a gym.

However, when you’re on a road trip and just need a place to lay your head, a cheap, no-frills hotel is a smart choice. After all, you only need a clean, secure room and a comfortable bed.

Stop by our Solutions Center to find ways to find more travel savings on cruises, hotels and flights.

Musical instruments for beginners

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It’s great to give your children the opportunity to learn to play music. But when they’re just starting out, they don’t need an expensive instrument. Putting a $4,000 guitar in the hands of a 10-year-old is asking for trouble.

Until you see a child demonstrate true commitment and growing skill, a cheap, entry-level instrument is fine for exploring potential.

Formalwear

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There are times when it’s important to look your best. If your company is hosting an event or your teen is planning for prom, showing up in the right outfit will matter. But don’t head immediately for the mall.

If the formalwear will be used just once, you can save by shopping secondhand. Try thrift shops or consignment stores specializing in gently worn items with few signs of wear. Another cost-saving option is to find a store that rents out formalwear.

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4 Easy Apps to Find Free Furniture!

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When we bought our house we upgraded from a 1/1 to a 3/2. Needless to say we did not have the furniture to fill it.

I had a lot to furnish but I knew the bank was watching our finances right up until closing. Aside from not wanting to upset the money powers that be, we didn’t have much to spare. #ClosingCosts. That meant being patient and looking to find free furniture in the meantime.

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I could’ve driven around dumpster diving and hitting up yard sales but I hadn’t even started packing my bedroom yet so who has time for that? Luckily, technology has made finding furniture for free easier than ever.

How to Get Free Furniture

We used all these and have picked up good quality free furniture and household items from all of them. Let me know if you have more suggestions in the comments below. I’m always on the hunt for free goodies!

1. Facebook

I love my local Buy Nothing Group on Facebook for free furniture. Since every group is hyper-local it’s my favorite way to get free stuff near me. You can get way more than furniture but the furniture I do see is usually good quality and always easy to pick up.

I’m also finding Facebook Marketplace to be the best place to find free and cheap furniture. While it’s not a standalone app most people have the Facebook app on their phone.

You can filter to see only furniture, filter to see the type of furniture, garage sales, etc. You can search for very particular specifications like “free dressers” and save your searches then get a notification when something comes up that matches. Of course, you can do all this by price, but Facebook makes it easy to sort out free with a “Free” button.

You can save your favorites, get alerts when prices drop and it’s my favorite place to make money selling stuff right now. As Facebook invests more into Marketplace I totally see it making Craigslist obsolete.

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Apps for Free Furniture

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2. Nextdoor

This App breaks all rules, and I love it. It’s a private social network for your neighborhood, almost like a forum. People mainly use Nextdoor to report break-ins, find a babysitter, hire handymen, or have people keep an eye out for their lost dog. In an age where asking your neighbor for a cup of sugar is unheard of, Nextdoor is bringing people together via technology.

People also post about yard sales and when they’re giving away free furniture near me and other household items. One weekend we got a ton of free moving boxes from a family that posted on Nextdoor.

You can’t hop around neighborhoods, though. According to the website, every neighbor has to verify their address and use their real name. Just like in person (or in police records.) And beyond that, you can choose which information you share. It’s one of the neatest free furniture apps I’ve seen so far.

3. OfferUp

OfferUp is also a great app for finding furniture. It’s similar to letgo but easier to use. You can search “free” and all their free items should come up. The premise is to find something you like and “make an offer” based on the asking price. All prices are negotiable on OfferUp.

A pro tip on getting the most out of OfferUp is when you find something you like, look at other items from the same seller and if you see something else you like you may be able to negotiate a package price or even get the lower priced item for free!

4. letgo

Letgo is a free app, similar to OfferUp, for finding local deals. The letgo free stuff section has all kinds of free things and you can filter by location and how recently the piece was listed.

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Do you want to furnish your house without the huge cost? Get your furniture for free with these free apps. #howtogetfreestuff #moneysavingtips #freestufftips #frugalshopping #freestuffhacks

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Honorable Mention: 

Craigslist

I’ve got to include Craigslist because its still one of the most widely used classifieds service in any medium. It’s great for getting good quality free furniture and pretty much anything else! In college, I made some serious mistakes using Craigslist and while I was lucky, others are not. Here are some necessary precautions to make when getting free stuff on Craigslist:

• Never give out your real contact information. Craiglist lets you communicate via email with a proxy email address meaning you never have to reveal your personal email. Take advantage. The same goes for financial information.

• Always meet in a public place. Police stations will let you make Craiglist transactions right in front of their doors and Starbuck is a popular meet up spot. If it’s something bulky like a free couch, always bring someone along. And since not everyone on craigslist respects women, you should probably have at least one guy with you.

Do you use any apps to get free stuff? Let me know in the comments because I still need a TV stand!

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Jen Smith is a personal finance expert, founder of Modern Frugality and co-host of the Frugal Friends Podcast. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker, Money Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, and more. She’s passionate about helping people gain control of their spending.

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