Alternatives to Holding A Garage Sale

The truth is, while the idea of holding a garage sale is perfect for some people, there are times when holding a full-blown garage sale isn’t the best option. You may not have enough items to warrant holding a garage sale or you may just not want to go through the hassle. The good news is that there are plenty of other options to get rid of your unwanted items and still make money. Here are just a few.

Sell Children’s Items to a Consignment Boutique

If you have gently used children’s clothes, toys or books that you’re looking to get rid of, consider taking these items to a children’s consignment boutique. In today’s world, parents are trying to stretch their dollar as far as they possibly can. As such, children’s consignment boutiques are becoming more and more frequented by buyers. That means that shops will give you a reasonable offer for your unwanted items. Consider calling local boutiques in your vicinity to find out what their processes are and what hot-ticket items they’re looking for.

Sell Women’s Items to Second-hand Stores

Thanks to the push in the sustainable clothing movement, second-hand stores are shedding their fashion faux-pas stigma. Now, it’s cool to wear clothes that you purchased from a second-hand boutique. In fact, it’s even considered honorable and trendy. As such, women’s resale boutiques are more popular than they’ve ever been before. If you have gently used women’s clothing, accessories and shoes you’re looking to get rid of, take those items to a local boutique to quickly and easily make some money and get rid of the clutter.

Sell Your Books on Amazon

If you’re a college student or someone who collects books, consider reselling them on Amazon after you’ve finished reading them to clear up some space on your bookshelf and make some of your money back. Amazon makes it easy to check the resale value of your books, too, so you don’t have to guess how much they may or may not be worth.

Sell Items on HoardNot

If you have niche or kitschy items to sell, HoardNot is the best platform for you. Sellers from across the U.S. use the app every day in search of vintage, unique items and crafting supplies. As such, if you happen to be flush with these items, you should list them on the app to make your money back and declutter your space.

Sell on Facebook

Facebook is a powerful tool for connecting with people—and it’s also equally as powerful for selling unwanted items. You can join local Facebook selling groups within your community, too, making it even easier to sell your items for cold hard cash to people that want it from your community.

Facebook can also put you in touch with those who might host community in-person yard sales. You can reach out to these groups to see if you can join their community sale. In these events, you get all the perks of a typical yard sale without having to go through the work of organizing one in your own space.


If you’re ready to get rid of your clutter and make some money doing just that, but aren’t ready to hold a full-blown garage sale, don’t panic. The alternatives outlined above are real ways that you can make valuable cash without going through the trouble of holding a garage sale.