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What to do with the leftover items from a garage sale

Updated on December 4, 2012

After your garage sale

If you are left with a heap of stuff once your garage sale is over, there are a few ways you can still get rid of everything.

Donating your items to an organization such as a thrift store or a homeless shelter is a great way to not only get rid of excess yard sale items, but to help others as well. Some organizations may offer to pick up the items, while others will require the items to be delivered to their location. Some places even have multiple drop sites. Goodwill is one such organization that usually has mobile drop locations scattered throughout their local areas.

You can try to sell those items individually online. EBay and Craigslist are good places to unload excess items. If you decide to sell your items on eBay, be sure to read the policies so you know if you will be charged for your listing or not.

You can take a photo of what’s left and throw on a price tag ($10 takes all – or whatever seems fair) and post it online to generate some interest.

If you are creative and have time, try to find ways to repurpose the items. An old sweater may make a great pair of legwarmers. That old table could use a coat of stain, crackle paint, or a new mosaic finish. And those old necklaces could be torn apart and made into earrings. Depending on what you have left over, you may be able to find other creative ways to keep and enjoy your items.

These are just a few of the basics to advertising for your successful garage sale. For information and tips on the basics of planning your garage sale, setting up and organizing, advertising, or what to do with your pricing your items, please be sure to check out my other articles.

If you have any tidbits of advice about having a successful garage sale or what can be done with leftover items, please share in the comments below.

Wishing you much success with your garage sale!


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