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August 17, 2014 10:27 PM Subscribe
I want to get rid of a houseful of stuff, but I don't have the time or energy to sell it on Craigslist or hold a garage sale. Are there services that will pick up & sell things for me? Location: Seattle.
posted by cdefgfeadgagfe to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm downsizing. I'm getting rid of most of my stuff. I don't have delusions about how much my stuff is worth, but it feels like $10 here and $50 there might add up, and getting some cash might make it easier to declutter and let go. In my fantasy world, there is a dream service that will drive up to my house with a truck, look through the stuff in my garage, give me some money, put all my stuff in the truck, and then drive everything away. A lesser fantasy scenario involves someone visiting my garage to take pictures of stuff, coordinating sales of individual items on Craigslist, and splitting the profits with me.
In previous questions, I've seen references to /r/flipping, estate sales, junk dealers, consignment shops, something about finding buyers on Craigslist. However, I'm not sure how to find a reputable service, or what to expect if I do find one.
I can take care of some stuff, like driving boxes of books to used bookstores or driving bags of clothes to consignment shops. There's other stuff, though -- bookshelves, desks, chairs, toys, kitchen appliances, tools, knick-knacks, etc. So much stuff.
If I try to find someone to take the entire lot, is it better to leave everything (for instance, don't get rid of the books separately) to make the lot more, uh, valuable?
What else do I need to know? What should I expect? How do I find a service, or does anyone have specific recommendations in or around Seattle? Or is it likely that the decade of stuff I've accumulated isn't going to be worth anyone's time, and I should just donate everything to a charity that's willing to pick things up?