My first thought is always to give something away. (This sounds so charitable, doesn't it? But it's also the easiest and quickest way to lose clutter.)
- Hand down kid stuff to moms I know. Even when there's no reciprocity, I've encouraged the chain of generous mom-sharing.
- Free section of Craig's List just helped me give away 2 coats and several boys pants. They were claimed within the hour.
- Thrift stores are my last resort, because they help people in an indirect way. I prefer independent, church-run or community shops, but I'll do the Goodwill donation drive-thru in a pinch.
Then it comes to the items which I need to sell. Maybe none of my friends wanted this print that my mom brought, or I have enough money invested that I need the return.
Craig's List has become my preferred marketplace. Listing is free, and I don't have to fool with packing. For cost-effectiveness, I don't list items under $10.
Next is Ebay. I know, I'm weak, but I cannot cope with piles waiting to be listed and a teetering stack of envelopes to be shipped.
Given my schedule and my tendency to clutter, I've learned that an item must bring $20 gross to make it worth the sales time.
Now I must get back to selling that 2T snowsuit and 3 pairs of 13.5 W Stride Rite shoes!