Moving Time – How to Get Rid of Stuff

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Posted 17 Apr 2008 in Soulville

SoulvilleI’m getting ready to move (again) and I’m really starting to think moving with a bunch of stuff is overrated. You’ve got Uhaul costs, need helping moving things, etc. No matter whether you’re keeping most things or not, you’ve got to get rid of those “other” things somehow, right? I feel your pain.

If you live in a college area, most other students might be moving at the same time you are and they are trying to get rid of things at the same time so no one is buying. Or, people want to give you a crappy $20 deal for that $150 office chair you bought and barely used ’cause you preferred using the futon (not speaking of myself of course LOL). So where to go?

  • Try a yard sale – these tend to attract not only other students but families and other people who don’t want to or don’t have the funds to pay full price but want nice things. You get cash money so no worries about checks bouncing or anything.
  • Use Craigslist – take a couple pictures throw them up on this free service and let the offers come rolling in. Other online ads for free can be done with Yahoo and Google.
  • Try eBay – if it’s big ticket, try eBay to get the price you want.
  • Use free newspaper classifieds – paper or online. Many more people read these than might check the online ads.
  • Post fliers everywhere – those pictures you took for your online ad come in handy here. Add a phone number or address and see what happens.

Moving Day...Sucks!
Creative Commons License photo credit: ashman 88

If you have no luck selling your items, there are ways to get rid of them without trashing them.

Look up local non-profits, Goodwill and other thrift shops, homeless shelters or other groups that benefit a demographic you can support and offer it up. Some might give a receipt for charitable donations that you can use with your taxes and even better it helps them get items they may not have been able to afford before or provide services that are vital.

My undergrad school used to collect gently used items (clothes, furniture, etc) and have a re-sale in the fall – those in the community and students got what they needed and the proceeds went to fund community service projects. Remember – if it’s not in a condition you would use it in, think about whether somebody else would before you offer it up. Call whoever picks up your trash or the city department of public works and see if they know of recyclers that take items before you send them to the landfill.

Happy moving!


HarriMac enjoys a well lived life with a large serving of soul. Her special feature, Welcome to Soulville, appears every Thursday.

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