So you put up posters around the neighborhood, created a Facebook event to gather the most people for a garage or a yard sale. You organized neatly to attract prospective buyers. But at the end of the day, you just didn’t quite sell everything you were looking to get rid of.
While you’ve thankfully said good riddance to the items that you sold and there’s significantly less of a mess, what are you going to do with that big pile of clutter that no one purchased?
If your leftover yard sale items are becoming a headache, here’s what to do to make sure the useless junk you already uncluttered for your garage sale project stays out permanently!
What to do with leftover yard sale items
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Typical garage sale leftovers
We get it. It can be frustrating getting rid of things you don’t need in your home and what makes it worse is that these items are ones you wanted to recoup a little bit of profit on.
When deciding what to do with any leftover items from your recent yard sale consider what type of items are remaining.
Items like furniture taking up floor space in your garage where you should be parking your car or an old grill that still works are prime examples of items that can be recycled or donated. Sports equipment, unwanted books, clothes and small appliances are great items to give a new home.
Garage sale facts💰: Curious how much you can actually make from a garage sale? Yes, unfortunately, you might be left with items from appliances, furniture to piles of trash bags. Yet, The New York Times estimates, if prepared correctly, a sale can yield around $500 to $1,000.
What do you do after a garage sale?
Most of what to do after a garage sale deals with donation, specifically finding local donation centers, as well as pick up. But there are a few steps you can take beforehand that could help.
Decluttering all leftover garage sale items
Much in the same way you had to declutter your space prior to the sale, you’re probably going to have to do the same decluttering process afterwards, as well. Are there items still around that you actually were hoping won’t get sold so you can hold on to them yourself?
Maybe the old couch you had at your parent’s place holds some good memories. Go through the decluttering of your home process again to identify what you really need.
Take a unique spin on trying another garage sale.
A good practice if you’re still trying to sell off your items and aren’t quite ready for donation is to list the remaining items online.
Resources online like the Facebook Marketplace, EBay and Freecycle are good places to start.
What to do with garage sale leftovers?
The process to getting rid of leftover junk after a garage sale really isn’t all that different from preparing for the sale in the first place. You’ll want to identify what items you need removed, and what you want to keep in your home.
The end goal, however, is the same: getting the useless junk out. It’s just that now there are different steps you’ll need to take.
Chances are, you’ve stumbled across the blog because you’ve tried the other avenues. You’ve recycled, you’ve even tried to sell off your items. The issue, however, still remains. You might be left wondering who can help you pickup after a garage sale?
Simply put, clutter just doesn’t go away with one simple step. Rather, it can build up daily in between the hustle and bustle of life’s daily activities.
One quick cleaning day won’t help you learn how to organize garage clutter for good. Rather it’s the ongoing commitment to declutter the garage that will keep your space nice and clean!
Best way to deal with a cluttered garage? Donate items.
That’s why it’s a good idea to bring items to charities and other donation centers that can take old items to repurpose them. Not only are you getting rid of your useless junk items, you’re potentially helping out another family who can use it.
Because after all, as the saying goes, one man’s trash 🗑️ is another man’s treasure✨.
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Where can I donate remaining items from my garage sale?
If you have the means to take care of garage, yard or estate sale leftovers on your own and don’t mind handling donation yourself, there are a number of different organizations that will accept most items like furniture or appliances given that they are in still good condition.
Who will pick up leftover garage sale items?
- Salvation Army
- Goodwill Donation Centers
- Habitat for Humanity
- AMVETS National Service Foundation
- Furniture Bank Network
While you can always take your items to a local donation facility, some won’t take broken or used items. In that case, there are a few other avenues you can take to help with garage sale leftovers that can save you time, and more importantly, save money.
At LoadUp, we have trusted junk removal experts who can haul off any type of junk items you don’t need, from appliances like fridges to bulky furniture items like mattresses or bed frames. You don’t need to worry whether or not we’ll take your broken items.
Our Loaders will donate undamaged, stained and broken items to local charities and thrift stores. The remaining items are recycled depending on what materials they’re made of.
It’s a good practice to schedule ahead of time for pickups from donation centers, as some have strict guidelines on not only items, but also the time windows they can come haul off your items for donation. At LoadUp, we’ll take your items off for disposal even if its broken.
We can also donate your items that are in good condition to charities! All you need to do is schedule a time that works for you and your schedule, and we’ll get the job done.
LoadUp can help you pick up after a garage sale.
Donating your leftover items from a garage sale or yard sale is the one of the best practices to declutter your garage.
Yet, wouldn’t it be better if someone could not only come pick up the leftover useless junk after a garage sale, but also either dispose of it in an eco-friendly way or take it to a donation site or recycling center?
Rather than dealing with the hassle of going back and forth to the local Goodwill, just lean on LoadUp, who can handle any junk removal job for less.
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