Preparing for our Moving Sale

I mentioned the other day that we’ve rented a storage unit and have started clearing extraneous stuff out of our house before putting it on the market. Well, the next step is nearly upon us… The dreaded moving sale! Last weekend we (and when I say ‘we’ I mainly mean my lovely and talented wife) started going through the house room by room and hauling stuff down to the garage. After seeing just how much crap we have, we actually debated about scrapping the sale entirely, and just donating everything to charity — after all, that would save us the pain of pricing it all. But we ultimately rallied (here again, ‘we’ should be interpreted as my lovely and talented wife) and now have a garage full of stuff that is mostly priced. The sale is tomorrow (Saturday) and, while we still have a ways to go and a few more corners of the house to clear out, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel…

Our investments thus far: $32.55 for a two day (Friday/Saturday) ad in the local paper, and a good bit of time.

Stay tuned for a post-sale followup.

For more information on moving, check out my Roadmap for a Successful Relocation.

5 Responses to “Preparing for our Moving Sale”

  1. Anonymous

    $0.05, good luck with the garage sale.
    I too am in the process of moving. You might want to check out my recent posting on movers . It’s a large expense.

    I’ve been wondering what to do will all of our junk. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to sell things on ebay. I’m beginning to think if you don’t have an ebay store and specialize in a niche it won’t be particularly profitable. Books didn’t work for me.

    Since NC is a high tax state it occurred to me that donating many of these items might actually yield the maximum financial benefit to me and my family while making the best impact on the community. Of course you need to write up a list, estimate market values and probably take digital photos.

    If you break the donations up amongst multiple organizations you can avoid the expense of highering an appraiser – my accountant tells me anything over $5k to an organization should be appraised – even multiple items.

    The following two links discuss move related budgetting items that I usually forget:

    Garbage cans


    window treatments

    general move expenses

    hope this information is helpful to you.

    I’ll definately be following your blog, so please keep the move experience rolling.


    Making Our Way

  2. Anonymous

    You should think about eBaying your old junk. I make a lot more money on stuff I normally would have practically given away at a garage sale. Like books, movies, antiques…

  3. Anonymous

    The one time I participated in the neighborhood garage sale, I netted around $1K – on stuff that would have been donated or thrown away. This was about 9 years ago. Just recently, at the local Goodwill store, I spotted the futon I sold during that garage sale.

  4. Anonymous

    Good luck. I haven’t had a good garage sale since I was a kid; I used to clean up. Nobody could turn down a wise ass 10 year old that was as cute as I was.

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