Assess ruthlessly what to keep and what
to sell. Even sentimental items can go.
“It’s amazing how you can think you’re
attached to something, then it’s gone
and it never crosses your mind again,”
Demby says. If you’re on the fence about
keeping something, it’ll probably sell.
Create a Pile o’ Bargains
Trying to get rid of random stuff? Arrange like items into
attractive piles and put unrelated items in bins. “People love
picking through stuff and feeling like they’re going to discover
something,” Demby says. Use signs to play up bargains (“CDs for
$1!” “All linens $2!”), and watch the small deals add up.
For your big-ticket items, set up to impress. Make sure quality
items are set apart, in an eye-catching display with prices
clearly marked. “If you have two nice things in with 20 rusty
things, you’re going to have a hard time getting more than
$2 for your nice things,” Demby says. For clothing,
appearance counts, so get a rack. “If you lay clothes on the
ground, people think they’re garbage,” he says.
Rack Up Big Sales