When it comes to cleaning out your house or redecorating your rooms, the big question is, “what are you going to do with you stuff?" Sadly, most people are looking for the easy, quick fix, which means they’re less likely to do their research before simply getting rid of everything in one place. Long-story-short, some items might sell better at a garage sale, while others will fare better at a consignment shop.
While similar, each venue is slightly different from one another, so it’s important to understand when to use each one.
1.) EBAY vs. CRAIGSLIST:
EBAY—Years ago, EBay was an incredibly novel idea that quickly garnered a very large audience. While such an expansive reach can be wonderful for business, depending on what you’re selling, it can also present a few problems. For starters, although you may think that your item is oh-so-unique, a quick EBay search may reveal that what you’d thought was rare, is actually quite common.
However, on the other hand, if you have a specific collection that needs the appreciation of a certain kind of person, then Ebay is a wonderful site because it will help you reach a much larger group of people. If you’re simply looking to sell a few pairs of shoes or something common like an IKEA ottoman, you’ll earn a higher profit by opting for Craigslist or a garage sale.
CRAIGSLIST—If we’re comparing EBay with Craigslist, there’s not a whole lot of difference. Suffice it to say that Craigslist is like EBay, only local; however, you will still want to consider your audience. Ask yourself whether what you’re selling is popular in your particular location (you probably won’t find much success in selling something like a snow blower here in Georgia) and whether or not it’s something that you’ll want to present to a wide array of collectors.
With Craigslist, however, remember that you’ll have to meet your buyers in person, so safety is important. It’s usually wise to meet in public locations and if possible, bring someone with you.
2.) GARAGE SALE vs. CONSIGNMENT
GARAGE SALE—If you’re simply looking to get rid of your stuff or if your children’s clothing, toys, and other items aren’t in perfect condition, then holding a garage sale is probably your best bet. Plain and simple, garage sales are about quick cash and most shoppers are looking for bargains. You can pretty much sell just about anything, but it’s important to remember that overpricing your items will probably hinder how much you sell. If you start the process by making sure your items are clean and organized, you’ll probably be on the right track.
A few months ago I solicited some ideas for future blog posts on my Facebook page. I received a question about the possibility of toxic chemicals in automobile upholstery. I watched an HBO documentary called "Toxic Hot Seat."It really upset me to learn that chemicals in my new couch could be poisonous. I'm about to buy a new car and I wondered if the chemical is in the car cushions, too. Do you know anything about this topic?
Having never seen the documentary mentioned above, I went to the website to see what the brouhaha was about. There I discovered that since 1975 flame retardant chemicals have been present in upholstered furniture and baby products containing foam. I did remember flame retardant chemicals being removed from children's pajamas many years ago (thankfully), but had not given any thought to its pesky persistence in other products. What bothers me the most is contemplating the presence of flame retardant chemicals in products such as nursing pillows and crib mattresses. They can also be present in carpet padding, which can't be good for crawling babies or pets.
Built by Ryland Homes, who is known for producing the nation’s first master-planned community in 1967, ManorView features 71 homesites and is located off Hopewell Road in the prestigious city of Milton, GA.
With easy access to Fowler Park, the Big Creek Greenway, Birmingham Park, and The Manor Golf & Country Club, this gated community features luxurious homes from the high $500’s in seven unique floor plans (3,215-4,411 sq feet).
For potential buyers with young children, ManorView is close to Summit Hill Elementary, Hopewell Middle, and Cambridge High Schools; however, for those families looking into higher education institutions, the neighborhood is within easy driving distance of Emory University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, and Georgia State University.
For buyers looking to truly make their home unique, they offer MyStyle® design consultants who work with each customer to make sure their house reflects not only their needs and personal taste, but their budget as well. For exterior options, they offer finishes in brick, stone, stucco, and siding, as well as a variety of paint colors and design details that compliment the each home’s distinctive streetscape.