Selling the surplus
When purging the surplus from our homes, it is sometimes helpful to sell some of it. I always caution people to consider the ROI of your time before making the effort - donating is sometimes easier and rewarding in a different way. It also gets things out of your house ASAP! But if you really want to sell things, here are some places to check out.
Household items and furniture:
- Craigslist: An option in most metro areas, craigslist can be a way to sell (or give away things) quickly. In DC in particular, there is a very high inventory of quality items as well as capable buyers. Downside: High level of flakiness, and general annoyances. In some areas, it is also rumored to be dangerous - so use common sense!
- A tip on giving things away: post your item - with a photo - in the free section as a "curb alert" if you intend to leave it out on the curb for someone to take with no need to contact you. Post it as free - and give details on how to contact you - if you need them to. Sometimes selling things for just a little bit - e.g., a couch for $10 - can result in more responsible buyers.
- Krrb.com: A curated online selling site that will crosspost your listings on other sites, like apartment therapy's classifieds. There is less demand here than on craigslist, but significantly less flakiness.
- Ebay: You know what it is and the effort involved. Proceed accordingly!
- In person consignment in DC: Not too long ago, we didn't have many options for consignment. Depending on the quality of your items, you can try Current Boutique, Fillmore & Fifth, Buffalo Exchange, and Second Time Around.
- Online consignment: You could try selling your clothes on eBay, but it's a lot of work! For the best ROI, try some online consignment shops such as ThredUp - where you can box up clothes and send them to their HQ where they decide what to sell or donate - or Poshmark - where you post items yourself via an app. Here are a few more in this article in The Washington Post. Based on the quality of your items, and what is in demand, you will have varying degrees of success on these sites but it can beat shopping your items around in person!