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The Moving Sale

I've never been a big fan of garage sales, so I had hoped to skip this step, but, it turned out to be a very necessary thing to do, even after lots of purging.   So, had one, it was a spectacular success, along the lines of the one Howard recently wrote about.  You do have to have friends/family to commit to help you, and it is very difficult and tiring, but it is amazing to see strangers materialize as if from thin air, carry your stuff away, and pay you for it!  And it is amazing how much money piles up, just from selling little inconsequential things, particularly the necessities of life.  Don't throw away much as you prepare, let people buy whatever they are interested in, you can toss the rest later.    I just wish I had thrown a big garage sale earlier in the process, it would have raised funds for renovation when I was scraping through.

Anybody else have a good experience with a moving sale, or lessons learned? 




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I did not want a garage sale when purging, as I hated strangers coming to my house and I just didn't have the energy to organize it. What I did instead was sell things on CraigsList and our local FaceBook yard sale page. I felt like I was more in control of it. I could have people come when Bill was home. I also took a bunch of stuff to Salvation Army and had Habitat for Humanity ReStore pick up stuff. In the end, I was still exhausted, but got it done.

-- Edited by jrzygrl64 on Sunday 9th of July 2017 07:16:43 PM


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Our time was some years back (2010-2011), but in addition to selling some stuff to family and friends, we also were fortunate that our neighborhood decided to have a "neighborhood" garage sale.  That kind of sale seems to draw more people to see multiple sites at the same time.  We also did pretty well with selling stuff.

At one point, the house had our bed, two recliners, the TV and stereo and dining room table.  It took us 3 years to sell because we put our house on the market in 2008, just as the housing bust hit.  When it finally sold, we knew there were a few things that we couldn't/wouldn't use, so when we handed the keys to the house to the new buyer a week early, we left them a Select Comfort bed, a Craftsman lawn tractor, and numerous tools that I wouldn't need at all.  As it turned out, the week early relinquishment of the keys really helped the buyers.  As it happened, the closing on the houses (theirs and ours) were on a Friday afternoon and the very next day they had to fly to Hawaii for a work related event.  So, they got to move in during that week of extra time with the house.



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