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Old 08-12-2019, 01:34 PM
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We just sold our 3,400 foot house and are downsizing into 1,300 feet. The wife told me she wants new furniture and honestly, the stuff we currently have does not go with the style of the house. So besides for personal stuff like clothes, shop equiment, reloading stuff, crafting stuff, electronics and some kitchen appliances everything is going. We have three weeks to get things packed and sold off. What is the best way to go about selling 80% of our things?
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Call an auctioneer.
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As time is very short I believe bayrunner16 has the best answer to your problem.
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Call an auctioneer.
Ditto. Someone that specializes in Estate sales. They'll typically take a 30-40% cut of sales, but you'll not move much of anything after they're done!
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Around here you would hire an auction house and they would advertise and then conduct auction. Do not know if your time frame fits that model.

Another option might be to donate it to different charities/501c's and take a tax write off. Probably more value in that all around than a yard sale.
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yard sale with good advertising, then donate the rest. I think some places will pick up donations for free
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3 weeks?

No way will that happen unless you simply don't care of the value. I would get a storage place and sell it off through auctions, online, ect ect
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put it craigslist, if it doesn't move in a week put it on craigslist or free, if it doesn't move then get a big dumpster....did this 3 years ago for my parents main house and vacation house (sold 50%, gave away 40%, trashed 10%)
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
We just sold our 3,400 foot house and are downsizing into 1,300 feet. The wife told me she wants new furniture and honestly, the stuff we currently have does not go with the style of the house. So besides for personal stuff like clothes, shop equiment, reloading stuff, crafting stuff, electronics and some kitchen appliances everything is going. We have three weeks to get things packed and sold off. What is the best way to go about selling 80% of our things?
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Order a 20 or 30 yard dumpster. No matter how much you try, you sill still end up with a pile of crap you can't even give away.
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Make sure whoever owns the house is on vacation when the people want to pick up the contents
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We used an estate sales person. She set up everything, did the pricing, advertising and managed the sales. when the dust settled she then put us in touch with a buyout specialist. Guy came took everything that didn't sell and left the ouse broom clean, plus paid me $400. The original cost of what he got for the $400 still makes me weep, but when he left I was good to go.
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When I get to that stage in a few or so years I am first giving the buyers an option to buy furnishings then will advertise an estate sale. Whatever doesn’t sell will be donated or thrown in dumpsters. I will plan ahead and first liquidate or throw away much of the stuff. Your a little late to the party.
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I have a friend who is in the Antique and Used Stuff business. Often buys complete contents of houses / condos when people die and families don’t want to be bothered. Pays cash.
Value based on how much he thinks has resale value, and how much he knows is going in his dumpster.
He’s in NE FL, probably someone similar near you.
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You will be surprised how little you get for used furniture. We downsized a few years ago and had a house full of quality furniture. Ended up donating most of it to Habitant for Humanity because they picked up.
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Used upholstered furniture sells for next to nothing..
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Originally Posted by skedaddle View Post
Another option might be to donate it to different charities/501c's and take a tax write off. Probably more value in that all around than a yard sale.
This is where you should probably end up after having a well advertised yard sale and selling off all the "good stuff". Habitat for Humanity picked up a ton of stuff from me over the years. They usually just sign a blank receipt and tell you to fill in the amount.
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None of the above!! Well maybe a dumpster to dispose of trash. However, most auctioneers take a huge percent. Plus, your going to though things out you’ll miss and maybe even end up replacing. If you don’t have room in your new home get a storage facility, then sort it out at your leisure.
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Originally Posted by gmcc View Post
You will be surprised how little you get for used furniture. We downsized a few years ago and had a house full of quality furniture. Ended up donating most of it to Habitant for Humanity because they picked up.
This is what we did after divorce. They got a ton of stuff. selling furniture at a garage sale can be futile.

As another poster said, see if potential buyer is interested.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
Used upholstered furniture sells for next to nothing..
Leather or darker colors in good shape will bring some money where I'm at. I've been to a ton of auctions and seen nice stuff bring good prices. Where are you OP?

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