Channeling that spring cleaning energy into a garage sale? Once you’ve closed up shop, consider these tips for getting rid of your garage sale leftovers.
During a pandemic, it might be tough to attract buyers for a garage sale. Still, a garage sale is a great way to make some extra cash for gently used home goods before taking them elsewhere.
If your spring cleaning has amassed to an abundant garage sale, you’re likely to be left with some residuals.
As you might know, I’m the author of the bestselling book Happy Habits. Inside my book I share a range of habits which boost happiness.
In my research, I learned that clearing away clutter and doing altruistic acts of charity are both predictors of greater happiness. With this in mind, let’s look at you can score some big happiness points by getting rid of your garage sales leftovers in some happiness boosting ways.
Fortunately, we’ve got a short guide on what to do with your garage sale leftovers so they don’t go back to cluttering your home.
Many thrift stores, such as Salvation Army and Goodwill, offer pickup services for donation items. If you look on their websites, you’ll find the option to schedule a pickup for your gently used materials. These services are especially convenient for furniture and other large items you no longer need.
Give your favorite kids’ toys a second life by donating them to a local daycare or children’s hospital. These facilities go through many resources daily and will appreciate any kid-friendly charitable contributions. Due to COVID-19, check with the designated location beforehand on proper donation protocol.
One of the best ways to support people experiencing homelessness is by donating clothing and household items. You can sort your leftover materials based on shelter types. For example, you can give your extra women’s clothes to a local women’s shelter or drop off gently used electronics to a nearby youth shelter for students experiencing homelessness.
Homeless shelters often have a higher demand than supply, making every donation an impactful one. Giving back will boost your mood and solve the question of what to do with your garage sale leftovers.
In a final attempt to acquire some cash for your valuables, stop in a nearby consignment shop. Consignment shops will name their price for your goods or offer money once the items are sold in-store. They’re a great way to get unwanted clutter out of the house and practice your bargaining skills.