Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Favorite Places to Donate or Sell Items

So with our move happening in in only a few days, I wanted to share some tips that I have been doing while packing to make the move go smoother. The #1 thing I have been doing, is getting rid of the stuff we no longer want or need.

I don't see why we should pack these things up and move them, so I figure why not get'em out of the house before the entire moving process. So here are a few of the places I like to sell back or donate our unwanted things to.

via Plato's Closet
--Plato's Closet: Until I moved to College Station I had no idea what Plato's Closet was. But as a broke college student, I quickly found out that it is an awesome place to buy and sell clothes, shoes, and accessories. Our Plato's Closet has TONS of inventory, and they almost always buy things that I bring in to sell. I think in just the past couple weeks I made more than $50 just selling back things that were going to eventually get donated.
via Once Upon a Child
--Once Upon a Child: I have fallen in love with Once Upon a Child! They are the children's equivalent of Plato's Closet, and they will buy so many different things. I sold William's infant bathtub, lots of clothes, his high chair, and even some old toys. I make it a point to take really good care of our things, and in turn I was able to get more money from our stuff because it was in such good shape. I probably made $100 from selling stuff to Once Upon a Child.

--Half Price Books: Having a degree in English means that I read a lot of books, and sometimes I don't want to keep those books. Half Price Books is great because they not only buy books, but they also buy magazines, CDs, vinyl records, even cassette tapes! I've always gotten a decent amount of money for the books I sell because again I keep them in very good condition.

--Craigslist: Obviously I can't write a post able donating and selling things without mentioning Craigslist. I know that it can be shady at times, but Craigslist can also be a great resource. I sold William's infant car seat to a couple via Craiglist and made $100. My #1 piece of advice for Craigslist sales is to meet the person in a public location, i.e. Starbucks, never let them come to your house. I know 99% of the time you're dealing with normal people, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

--Goodwill & Salvation Army: After I have squeezed every last cent out of the stuff we are getting rid of, I will either donate the other things to The Goodwill or Salvation Army. In College Station we also have a local place called Second Chance; I like donating to them because proceeds go back to the Bryan/College Station community.

Well that's it for now :) I need to get back to packing up the last of our boxes before William wakes up from his nap. I'm excited because by this time tomorrow we will have the keys to our new place!

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