According to the NDP Group, the average American family has $7000 of unused merchandise in their home. This could be anything from clothes, appliances, or furniture.
The bigger the home, the bigger the offender. Yes, that is right, check out your storage areas. What to do with the excess in your home?
If you aren't price conscience, think of donating it and taking the tax write off. There are many different charities that will even come and pick it up from you. All you have to do is bag or box it up!
If you are looking to recoop some of that moola, think of selling it! Step one, create a staging area for your stuff. Go through your home room by room to identify unused or unwanted items. Sort them into categories.
Here are some tips:
1. Kids clothes- If they are gently used and certain brands, then take them to a children's consignment shop.
2. Adult Clothes- There are plenty of consignment shops for womens clothes. Not a big market for men's clothing. Certain high end items can be sold on ebay.
3. Antiques or Vintage Items- Contact a few different antique dealers. Most dealers have certain things that they are looking to buy.
4. Kitchen appliances, home appliances- Home consignment/resale shops are popping up all over the place. Craigslist is also a good place to sell these items.
5. Tools- Post them on Craigslist or Ebay.
6. Furniture. Post on craigslist or find a local furniture consignment store.
7. Records or CD's- take to a local record resale shop. They will pay you cash or give you store credit.
Be realistic. Somethings are just not worth money or sellable. Don't be offended! Take one category at a time and enjoy!!