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Earn Extra Cash With a Craigslist Garage Sale

By Erik Folgate

It’s the spring and the weather is slowly getting warmer. I’m kind of the atypical guy when it comes to being clean. Generally, I like to keep the house clean, and I am a minimalist when it comes to stuff in the house. I don’t like hoarding things. So, my wife and I will go through little cleaning binges every six months or so we start selling stuff to get it out of the house.

Lately, we’ve been utilizing Craigslist for those odd piece of furniture that you have no place for in your current living situation. After two years of marriage, we moved to a different city, and we didn’t want to pay a ton of money in moving costs, so we decided to sell as much furniture as we could and buy new furniture when we moved to Jacksonville. What we noticed was that when people came over to look at the items we listed on Craigslist, they saw that we were moving and asked about other items they liked that we had not put up for sale on Craigslist. We ended up selling stuff that we never even listed on Craigslist.

So, my thought for those of you looking to have a garage sale this spring is to pick out a few bigger, attractive items that you want to sell. List them on Craigslist for sale, and when they come over to look at it, have everything else set out in the yard or garage that you want to sell. You’ll attract more quality traffic to your yard sale and you’ll have people coming by all weekend rather than just a few hours.

Use the extra cash to fund your retirement account, save for vacation this summer, or open a 529 college savings plan for your child.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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    This is a great idea! But for hoarders, not so much. The thing with Craigslist these days is the difficulty in identifying which is legit and which is not. If it involves money and lives, do not take a chance.

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