The 4 Key Questions to Ask Yourself
Honestly, donating items you no longer want or need is so much easier than trying to sell them, but just because something is easy doesn’t mean it’s right.
Do you have things around your house that you aren’t willing to just give away, but don’t want to take the time to sell?
Does this unwanted and unneeded stuff just sit around collecting dust and creating more clutter?
Many charities nowadays will even come to your home and pick your things up for you if the items are too big or you just would rather someone come to get it.
I have created a list of 4 key questions to ask yourself if you are having a hard time deciding if you should sell your items or just let them go and donate them.
After you’ve gone through your home and done a complete declutter you will have boxes, bins and bags of things that you decided you no longer want. Now is the time to go through that pile and decide if and what you will sell and what you will donate.
Here are the 4 key questions to ask so you can decide if you should go ahead and sell items or just donate them.
- Do I WANT to make money off these items? This is the very first question to ask yourself. Do you even care to make any money off the items you no longer need or is it just the same if you gave it all away?
- Is it WORTH MY TIME to sell the item? Your time is worth money, no matter which way you look at it. When you think about selling an item think about how much you are actually going to make for the time you will have to put into it.
- Garage Sale – With a garage sale, there is can be a ton of work involved. If you are going to make a few hundred dollars off your items, then maybe it’s worth it. It will be up to you to determine if the time it will take you to set up the garage, price your items, put up signs, advertise, man the sale, clean up and then make a donation run is worth what you think you’d make off the sale.
- Consignment shops, thrift shops – These can be a great alternative, but they don’t take everything, so you have to be sure you are bringing them things that they will sell. Some places will ask you to put a price on your items. You have to pack your stuff up, drop the items off, possibly fill out paperwork and then wait and check back weekly or monthly to see if anything has sold. Some places will only hold onto things for a certain amount of time and if it doesn’t sell you can either pick up the items or have them donated. This is a great alternative to a garage sale though and then if items don’t sell the shop will donate the items for you.
- Online Selling (OfferUp, UpSell, FB Selling Pages, etc.) – This is another great way to sell items without having to set up a garage sale or run items to a consignment shop and wait. There is some technical know-how you will need and you will want a camera too, but most people have all of this on their phones and there are apps for all these selling pages.
- Is it worth your time, though? If you can make $10 off selling something, but it takes you an hour to get it listed online with pictures and description and then another hour or even two to communicate with possible buyers. Then more time to find a meetup time and location with a buyer that hopefully shows up. You have to make the decision that the price of the item is worth your time and, more than likely, frustration.
- Will my items ACTUALLY sell? Basically, what is the demand for my items? Are there already lots of people selling the same thing? If there are, then there might be a high demand. But if there are a lot of people selling the item, it can also mean that no one likes it and no one is buying it.
- Do I have items I can sell TOGETHER in a lot? If you decide to sell your items, do you have other things you could sell with it for one price? This helps you to sell more items at once rather than meeting up with 5 people to sell your items you are only meeting up with one. Help sell your cheaper or less desirable items with items of greater value to get rid of everything. If you have a few items that aren’t worth much you can group them with items that are worth more. It’s kind of like buy this and get these free. It’s a deal for everyone, right?\
So these are 4 key questions you can ask yourself to help determine whether you should sell your items or donate.
Download this FREE PDF I created for you to help you decide!