Every belonging you move adds to the weight of your shipment – and ultimately the cost. That’s one reason it might be a good idea to consider getting rid of some items you no longer need, but hate to throw away. As you are preparing to move, you are provided with an excellent opportunity to sort through some of the excess items you've collected over time. You may raise some quick cash, but will definitely save in moving expenses. Thinking of fresh start in your new home? Remember you can preorder items for your new home on Walmart.com and have them shipped FREE to a store in your new city using Site to Store at Walmart.com.
What to sell
Go through your house with a notebook, listing everything you want to sell. Here are some of the kinds of items that are popular merchandise:
One of the keys to a profitable garage sale is advertising. There are many sites on the Internet that offer free listings for garage sales, as well as sample signs you can use. You can also advertise in your local newspaper.
For a nominal fee, local flea markets are a great means for selling secondhand items. Because most markets are advertised, professional secondhand bargain hunters usually attend. Again, have shopping bags and cardboard cartons on hand for your customers’ convenience and don't forget to have plenty of change on hand!
Have something that you think would be of great value to someone else? A great way to earn extra money is by selling your unwanted goods online. When you use online auctions, you are given the opportunity to showcase your items for sale to the world, not just your own neighborhood.
Secondhand stores and charity stores
Consider donating any leftover items to charitable organizations such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army and children’s homes. They generally give a receipt for donations so the value can be deducted on a donor’s income tax return. Or, contribute leftovers to church rummage sales, resale shops, schools or community centers. Make a quick phone call first to make sure they can accept the items you have left.