Going through Grandmother's house - where to sell the items?
September 17, 2012 8:54 AM Subscribe
Where to sell items - craigslist?
posted by needlegrrl to Human Relations (8 answers total)
My grandmother is happily in assisted living (yay!). However, we now have an entire house full of her things that she mostly no longer needs. At some point, we're going to have to go through a 3 bedroom house plus partially finished basement and get rid of some of these items.
Due to the nature of us having to go through it over time, I don't think we want to sell everything as an estate (or do we?). My mom may be moving into the house and house-sitting it, so we don't necessarily want the house to be empty of furniture and all items.
Also, we'll need to go through it, and make sure that none of us want an item before it is sold. I know there are some items that could be taken care of pretty easily - for example, there's a refrigerator, old stove, and full freezer in the basement, and I don't think that my dad or uncle would want it (and we don't have room for it). How would we go about selling these items? Craigslist is the obvious answer, but I wasn't sure if there were other potentially better options.
We may have a yard sale at some point, but I honestly wonder if it isn't just easier to have the kidney foundation or somewhere come and pick up all of those items at that point, instead of spending the time and effort to have a yard sale for not much money.
Also, how do we figure out how much to sell the items for? It's everything from light fixtures from the 70s to appliances to old Avon products.
I don't expect to get a ton of money for most of the stuff, but I think that the effort to go through it, post pictures, and sell it will probably help pay the utilities for a little while, and extend her cash.
I do have an eBay account, and could sell some of the items through there - maybe the items that are possibly collectible, like the Avon?