Last year, my husband and I were packing up our Denver apartment to prepare for our move back to his home state of Indiana. We’d put an offer in on a house and had only given ourselves a couple of days to pack everything up.
While we were packing, we were almost decluttering and throwing things away. When you’re driving 16 hours in two days, you don’t want to bring anything with you that isn’t worth taking. There were so many books, appliances, and clothes that we tossed, after years after having them.
Because we were moving so soon and so far away, we didn’t have a good system to sell those items. Strapped for time, we donated what we could and threw the rest away. Even now, I think about all the money we could’ve made had we set up a yard sale or listed the items online.
If you’re about to make a big move, don’t make my mistake. Read below to find out the best place to list your stuff after moving.
Nextdoor is an app where you can connect with people in your neighborhood. You can discuss issues like snow removal, where to find a nearby mechanic, or why trash day was skipped.
It’s also a great place to get rid of things after you’ve moved, especially big items you don’t want to haul. You can also advertise a yard sale on Nextdoor, since people in your neighborhood are more likely to come.
To sell on Nextdoor, just make a post outlining what you have, what you’re charging and when people should stop by. You can also upload photos and respond to direct messages from people who have more questions.
Since Nextdoor isn’t a selling app, you won’t pay any listing or sales fees. There’s also an inherent level of trust between buyer and seller because you’re both from the neighborhood. Plus, it’s a handy way to meet your new neighbors and learn more about where you live.
When my husband and I moved from Denver to Indianapolis, we brought back an AC window unit. We weren’t sure if our new house would have air conditioning so we wanted to be prepared.
Luckily, the new digs did have AC so I promptly listed the window unit on Facebook Marketplace, where I’d never sold anything before. I got many responses and because they were all tied to real Facebook accounts, I could verify that everyone messaging me wasn’t a bot or scammer.
Facebook Marketplace is another free place to list anything you want to sell, from furniture to moving boxes. The platform doesn’t charge sellers any fees and there’s no limit on how many items you can sell.
What I like about selling with Facebook Marketplace is that people can contact you through Facebook Messenger if they have questions or want to haggle. Since I have the Messenger app on my phone, it was easy to respond to these messages.
Craigslist is still a popular venue to sell your items. It’s especially worthwhile if you’re selling a lot of similar items, like baby clothes or books from the same author.
It’s also perfect for items like furniture, instruments or lawn equipment. It’s almost impossible to sell those online without paying a huge premium for shipping so selling them local is the only way to go.
Craigslist is free to use and you can relist items as long as you need to. Scammers can be prevalent on the side, so be careful about giving out your address. Sell during the daytime or go to a third party location if you can.
Be prepared for people to haggle and don’t be surprised if someone flakes on you. If you list an item on Craigslist, you should also put it up for sale on Facebook Marketplace and Nextdoor. That way you’re not limited to one site.
Around for almost 25 years, eBay is still the best place to sell anything, whether it’s an old Xbox controller or barely used kitchen appliance.
eBay is a popular choice because it has a huge customer base and because you can sell almost anything on the site. eBay is great for small items like books and movies. Because your seller profile is tantamount, be honest and upfront about any imperfections and take photos from every angle. One negative review could hamper your ability to sell.
eBay offers 50 free insertion listings a month, which is plenty for most people after a big move. After you’ve sold the item, they also charge a fee based on the final value, between 2-12% depending on the type.
The best way to utilize eBay after you’ve moved is to sell anything that’s isn’t too cumbersome or heavy to ship. You can also ask the seller to pay for shipping or build it into the final price. If the item doesn’t sell within the initial listing time, you can re-list, usually for free.
Almost everyone who moves discovers clothes and accessories they never wear. If your stuff is old and tattered, it’s best to donate it or throw it out.
For gently-used items, try selling it online via Poshmark. Poshmark is an app where you can sell new and used men’s, women’s and kid’s clothes. You set the price you want, and the buyer pays the shipping fee. Poshmark charges a $2.95 fee if the item is below $15 and a 15% fee for items more than $15. Listing an item is always free so you won’t pay unless it sells.
Poshmark has high standards for sellers. You have to take well-lit photos and show any marks, signs of wear or other defects. You can sell anything on Poshmark from designer gear to H&M staples.
If you have clothes worth selling, take a day to clean, iron or steam them and photograph them. Use a nice camera if you have it and make sure the photos reflect the clothes well. See how other people are selling similar items.