To get the most for whatever you're selling, you need to know what it's worth. If it's truly valuable (think $5,000 or more) you should have it appraised for your sake and for tax purposes. If it's a household item that's not worth having appraised, you can get an accurate idea of fair market value by seeing what similar items are selling for through classified advertisements or on eBay.
If you find you have nothing big of value but lots of little things to sell, there's a solution as American as apple pie...
Have a great garage sale.
- Don't just throw your junk in a pile and expect it to fly out of your garage or your yard. Approach it methodically and you'll clean up financially—and clean up your garage.
- Pick a date at least a few weeks out. Saturdays are best.
- Then, go through your house and decide what goes. If you haven't used an item in two years, you can live without it.
- Next, organize the merchandise—putting like with like—so buyers can find what they're looking for. If you're selling clothing, put it on a rack or string up a clothesline and hang it for people to see.
- If you're not sure you have enough to fill your yard, collaborate with a few families. In order to keep track of who's earned what, put different color price tags on each family's items. Then make sure whoever's minding the register knows the code.
- Don't forget to advertise by running ads in local papers and on the Internet (there are lots of free yard and garage sale sites).