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Garage cleanout windfall?

April 14th, 2013 at 12:18 am

This past week our city had a free cleanup day, where you could put stuff you weren't usually able to put on the curb for pickup out there and they would pick it up for free. I took advantage of this to clean out a lean to attached to our garage that I haven't even set foot in. I don't think my husband had either. It was a pure mess, all stuff from the previous owner.

Most of it was junk, so it either went into the trash or to the curb for this cleanup. I worked until I ran out of boxes, and almost got it done. Maybe 1/4 left?

It looks like they had a pool you set up out on the lawn, and the PVC pipes they used to hold up the sides were still there (but no pool). I kept those for other projects (making homemade Earthboxes for my strawberries). I also kept a door that goes to the second bedroom in our house and three Christmas village pieces. I'm going to clean those up and see if I can sell them later.

I also found a whole corner of Beanie Babies! Woohoo! Just kidding. I don't know what I am going to do with them. They were all in plastic boxes so even though the plastic boxes are dirty, the actual Beanie Babies are all completely clean and untouched. I wonder if there is a market for that kind of stuff? I have been asking locally, but no one is interested. I guess it is time to jump into the ebay thing. I have never sold on ebay, just on I have bought a lot, though. I bet there are a hundred of them. I haven't counted. Ebay prices looked like $1 to $3 a piece, but I don't know if they are moving at that price.

Looks like I am going to set up a little photo corner and photograph them all. I have read that you should use a white background without any creases or lines and use a bright light instead of your flash, and it makes great ebay pictures.

Might as well. No hurt in trying, right?

6 Responses to “Garage cleanout windfall?”

  1. baselle Says:

    Might as well - they were free to you. The other option would be to wait until the retro fairy deemed them valuable and there is no supply.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Yep, you should try to sell, since they were free. I don't think they are worth much though. I would guess groupings might move them faster. You might try selling the whole set on Craigslist. Someone nearby might be interested.

  3. cptacek Says:

    lol, baselle, that might be 20 years from now!

  4. Banker Gurl Says:

    Good job with the cleaning out! Always feels good to get something like that accomplished. For the beanie babies, I dont believe that you would get much for them, but like you said it doesn't hurt to try. If you aren't able to move them on there, you may be able to donate them. Try checking with your local hospitals childrens wing, or abused adult resource centers, where women in bad situations may go and bring their children. Then they could go to someone who would appreciate them. Smile

  5. scfr Says:

    Good luck with the eBay sales. I agree with the suggestions that you group them instead of trying to sell individually. Maybe you could group by type of animal (bears, etc) or by color or age??? And yes, good natural light looks much better than flash.

  6. snafu Says:

    I read somewhere at the height of the Beanie Baby bubble there were some 'preferred' pets. You might research those and try selling any if in that lot. Good job clearing out the garage and making use of pick up program funded by your property tax dollars to rid yourself of items that didn't serve your needs - whatever the source. Smart not to need to load and unload a truck and pay fees at the dump.

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