We’ve all received items that we dislike such as a tie, shirt or a decorative housewarming gift that matches nothing in your home, but it’s not always easy to hide your dislike for those items. The friends or relatives who gave them to you are probably not that close and don’t know your style well enough, but still expect you to enjoy these items nonetheless. Fortunately there are some easy ways to part with these items and profit from them at your next yard sale as long as you maintain an open mind. Here are some tips to successfully sell items you truly dislike:
Don’t Express Distaste – Keeping the right game face when accepting a gift you really don’t like is key. Remember, the thought counts, so act as if you like it and your positive mindset will keep you from wanting to toss it right away.
Don’t Label Them – Just because you’ve got a few things you really despise, don’t separate them by putting them on the junk table as opposed to mixing them in the good merchandise tables at your yard sale. Also, avoiding commentary on those items when someone picks it up to check it out is a good tip too, no one needs to know a story behind the item. Just keep a smile on your face and let people make decisions on their own.
Be Open to Bargaining – It’s a common sense game, don’t push hard for top-dollar prices. If you really want to see the items go to a better home, take a fair price that’s offered. Remember, you might not get the best price at a Pawn Shop or Consignment Shop after their evaluations and commissions. Be open to people haggling a bit, half the fun is negotiating, and remember, it’s not something you want, think of the cool stuff you could buy with a couple extra bucks!
Don’t Toss, Just Donate – One of the best ways to get rid of nice items you don’t like is to donate them. Check around with local houses of worship, local Goodwill Stores or Salvation Army. Sometimes these organizations will even pick up your unwanted items. It’s a great benefit for them and a quick tax write-off for you. If items you have are in good condition, think about others before tossing them.
Quick Tip: Don’t let the gift-givers know you’re having a yard sale!