RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Yard sale season is in full swing as people have been gathering together all their unwanted items, hoping to turn them into cash.
But, even though the promise of a few dollars can be tempting, yard sales can be a lot of work, from organizing, to set-up, to hosting the big sale. So, is there a way to unload your old stuff with the hassle?
The neighborhood yard sale isn't until later this month so, to help get things started, NBC12's Jennifer Warnick chose a dozen items and posted them on several peer-to-peer selling apps to see which would sell where and how quickly.
Starting with "Varagesale," it took only five hours for the giraffe tent to be sold, going for the full asking price. Within the first eight hours, the shredder went for $8.
A few months ago, a bedroom set listed on Craigslist by Warnick didn't sell, with only scam offers coming back. The bed, dresser, and desk were put together as a set on "Varagesale" to no avail.
After splitting them up, the bed sold within three days while the other items didn't.
The remaining items were listed on "OfferUp."
In less than a day, the dresser that didn't sell on "Varagesale" ended up selling for $100, with the buyer picking it up the next day.
It only took a two days for Barbara in Powhatan to snag an inflatable Santa being sold by Warnick. She gets something she wants for a great deal, with the same inflatable Santa selling brand-new for $50, and there's one less box to worry about for the upcoming yard sale.
With about half of everything sold, Warnick puts some items on "LetGo."
There was immediate interest in the director's chair but the buyer wanted it for 40 percent less than the list price.
In this situation, it is best to hold out for a bit and see if a better offer comes in. If not, you can fall back on the previous offer.
In two days, two different people tried to get Warnick to communicate with them away from the app, which is an instant red flag.
After saying she'd rather talk on "LetGo," their account gets deleted.
In the end, the items that sold on the various peer-to-peer selling apps brought in $228, weeks before the yard sale and helped thin out the pile of stuff.
Those aren't the only apps for selling your unwanted things, including "Wallapop", "Close5", "Mercari" and several others.
All of those apps are free and simple to use.
If you do decide to list an item on multiple sites, make sure to delete the item from each of them once it sells.
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