Garage Storage, Home Projects, Tips & Hacks

When Trash Becomes Treasure

By: Blase Mnich, Interactive Brand Writer

We all do it to some extent. Every garage, basement, and closet is a storage stronghold for our personal junk. And while there may be a few diamonds in the rough stashed away in our do-not-touch piles, most of us can do away with the whole lot of it.

However, throwing your things out seems like such a waste. So how do you get rid of the stuff you’ve hoarded over the years? Well, you can always try to sell it.

A yard sale is a great way to get rid of old junk while making some extra money. It also provides the perfect opportunity to go in and organize your storage area before things start magically piling up again.

To start a yard sale, the first thing you need to do is go through your stuff and decide what you want to keep versus what needs to go. If you’re anything like me, this is probably going to be the hardest part. There are definitely days I wish I had those comic books back.

Next, you have to set up some sort of display for the “lost treasure” you’re trying to pawn off. A modular workbench works nicely, but any table will do. Make sure you give some attention to the look of your display and that things are accessible. It really does make all the difference for potential customers.

Now that you’re ready to make some money you need customers! Ditch the old cardboard sign and get social. If a group of girl scouts can sell 400 boxes in an hour through a Facebook event, imagine what you can do.

To reach even more potential customers, hop on Twitter, Facebook and Craigslist to let the world know that you’re laying your treasures all out on the table and selling them for a bargain price.

Come to think of it, while you’re manning your yard sale, why not make an event of it? Set up a lemonade stand or car wash to make it a one-stop shop (and a little extra money for you). Who doesn’t love shopping with a cold refreshment in their hand?

Now that you have extra space and money, why not invest in some storage solutions? Gladiator® wall systems, wall components, and cabinets will help keep those treasures from being buried over and over again.

Speaking of buried treasure, what do you think you have stowed away? Take a look and let us know. Maybe you’ll see us at your yard sale.

About the author: Blase Mnich is a full-time interactive copywriter and a part-time gearhead. When he’s not sitting at his desk, you may find him lying on the garage floor underneath his car tinkering away.

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