10 Online Options to Get Rid of Your Parent’s Stuff

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When your parents get ready to downsize, you will most likely be called upon to help. While you might not be interested in taking much of it, it might have some value and you might find one of the most effective ways to sell things will be online. The days of the yard sale are long gone. Yard sales take too much time and don’t bring the most buyers to your items. Instead, you may look into some online options to broaden your area of reach and increase the amount of buyers exposed to your sale. So where will you turn to sell or donate your parent’s belongings when it’s time for them to downsize? We have 10 online options to help you with this process.

1. Facebook Yard Sales

Yard sales on Facebook are simply virtual yard sales. Instead of displaying your items being sold on your front lawn, you take a picture of them and post them on a Facebook yard sale group that you’ve joined. And just an FYI, in order to join the online yard sale group, you must be a member of Facebook.

2. Freecycle.org

Freecyle.org is free to join and is a place where people give their belongings away in an effort to reuse items and keep good items out of the landfills. This website consists of many different groups based upon geographic locations. Once you join a group, you can post your item and any pictures.

3. Etsy

If your parents have handmade items, this is the place to be. Etsy.com is an online site where you can sell anything handmade. A great way for your parents to make some money selling their art, jewelry and more!

4. Craigslist

Craigslist.org is similar to online yard sales and freecycle.org. You can take pictures and post what you are selling or giving away based on your geographic region. It is free and they have geographical areas set up to draw in buyers from your immediate area.

5. eBay

Ebay.com is another online option where you can sell anything that you have – from cars to shoes. Some items require a fee, but it has the biggest audience of all online selling places.

6. Close5

Close5 is a bit different than the other online options we have been discussing. This option is actually an application that you can download on your iPhone or Android device. Once downloaded, you can sell items just as you would on a website such as eBay.

7. Virtual Estate Sales

There are several sites that hold virtual sales for those that are downsizing such as maxsold.com, capitalonlineauctions.com, invaluable.com, proxibid.com, estateliquidatorsmd.com and estatesales.net. Some of these sites are geared towards those selling in our immediate area while others are nationwide. Either way, it is a way to increase the audience of people that see what you have for sale.

8. Artnet

Artnet.com is a website that allows you to sell your prints, photographs, modern and contemporary paintings, and more. Once you register for an account, you will have access to experienced specialists that will help you get your items listed on the site, for the right price.

9. Online Newspapers

Not only can you place an ad in the classified section of your local printed newspaper, but you can also include your ad in the online edition. Check out your local newspaper website, such as The Washington Post, to place your ad today.

10. Local List Serves

Last but not least, you can check out local list serves in your area. In Maryland, there are several, such as The Chevy Chase View and The Palisades Listerv. List serves are designed to provide all members with emails regarding local events, lost pets, and items for sale.

We hope that you find each of these online tools useful. To get additional help with your parent’s transition, be sure to check out our services or give us a call to see how we can help at 240.403.0177.