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Purge Before You Pack: 5 Apps to Sell Your Specialty Items

Packing up your household is a daunting prospect, especially when you’re dealing with stuff you don’t want or need anymore. But how do you sell specialty items (Anyone need a designer handbag? How about a French horn?!) without adding more stress to your pre-move schedule?

You guessed it. There’s an app for that.

Sure, you cold hock your goods on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, but then you actually have to deal with buyers, juggle multiple offers and levels of interest, arrange payment methods, and meet face-to-face to deliver the goods. But these apps do all the work for you. Plus, they reach a specific audience of buyers looking for your specific type of items. In exchange, you might give up a little of the profit, but it’s a safer and much easier way to get rid of stuff and make some cash before you move.

1. Reverb

Sure, you had the best intentions of learning the chords for Hotel California, but that Les Paul guitar has been sitting in the back of the closet for 5 years now. Why should it take up valuable space at the new house when you can sell it (and maybe buy concert tickets instead)? Reverb is a specialty app that sells musical instruments, DJ equipment, amps, and audio equipment. You can list as many items as you want for free, but when they sell, you pay Reverb 3.5%. Money changes hands via Reverb (2.7% + 25 cents per transaction) or PayPal (2.9% + 30 cents per transaction).

2. Gazelle

You’re a sucker for anything new that Apple unveils. The trouble is: your addiction is falling on your head every time you open the closet door. Enter Gazelle:a website that purchases, refurbishes and re-sells used tech. Just verify Gazelle sells the item and answer a few questions about its condition. (Be honest, so you don’t delay payment). Gazelle makes you an offer and, if you accept it, you pack it up and send to them for free (if an item is valued a buck or more) If the goods check out, you get paid in 10 days or less with a check, or, you may opt for PayPal or an Amazon gift card.

3. Chairish

It’s a hard pass on a tufted fainting sofa and an old Victrola for your new ultra-modern condo. No worries, there’s an app that serves the vintage itch in buyers nationwide. Chairish is a consignment app that uses a tiered commission system. List your vintage and used furniture for free. Chairish cleans up your photos and polishes your description of the item for free. Verified buyers make offers, and once your item sells, Chairish organizes the shipping and pays you 80% or more of the sale price via PayPal within 48 hours.

4. Tradesy

Goodbye east coast winters, hello west coast beach days! Designer coats, boots and accessories are hardly worth packing if you’ll never need them again. But you don’t want to just give these pricey treasures away, either. Tradesy will sell and ship your designer clothes and accessories for you (so you can get some Birkenstocks). List your item, and when it sells, Tradesy sends you a pre-paid, pre-addressed label for free. Commission fees are deducted from selling price. A flat commission fee of $7.50 is charged for sold items less than $50. For items over $50, it’s a commission rate of 19.8%. Payment is made via Paypal, debit card or ACH transfer.

5. Cash4Books

You’ve got your degree and a new job, and you’re finally moving into a proper grown-up townhouse, but that Options, Futures and Other Derivatives textbook (and the others stacked five-feet high) are weighing heavily on you like your student loan payments. Try selling them on the Cash4Booksapp. Just enter the ISBN code, and Cash4Books will give you a quote. If you choose to accept it, they’ll send you an email link to print a pre-paid label. Box up your book, and if the book passes inspection, you get paid within two weeks by check or PayPal.


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