As I said previously, when Justin came to town, he helped me go through my “big things” and decide what to sell. When Chandra came to town, she helped me go through and photograph my “small things,” mostly Etsy stuff and decor, to sell.
I was originally planning to throw it all on Craigslist. But we found a better way.
I put an album of my larger home and kids items on Facebook and got rid of 75% of it that way in about 5 days. I would HIGHLY recommend this. My friends just messaged me, and then came by to pick stuff up, or Chris dropped the bigger things off at people’s homes who live in town. This way we didn’t have to stand in the heat all day (or all weekend) for a garage sale, all of my facebook friends could look through my stuff from the comforts of their own homes, and we didn’t have to worry about potentially crazy Craigslist people showing up at the house to collect things.
Everything that was listed for sale was put in the garage and I set up half of the garage like a mini garage sale. So when people came to pick up whatever they had purchased, I would take them outside, give them their stuff, and ask if they’d like to look through the other items that I was buying. It worked great. Only 1 person left with only the items that they had come to collect.
Then I took the last 10 or so bigger things, and a few electronics and threw those on Craigslist. I sold 5 out of 15 things on there as well in the last week, so Craigslist certainly is a useful tool as well. Especially since people will drive to town, take things off of our hands, and give us money as well. It’s a wonderful way to clean out that garage.
I haven’t gotten rid of everything, and a big trip to Goodwill is in our future this week with whatever is leftover. But for now, I’m happy to have had a relatively peaceful parting with most of our possessions.