Old TVs and Ratty Sofas: 5 Things You Should Never Sell at a Garage Sale

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Garage Gold or Garbage?

Spring is the perfect time to clean out junk — and possibly make a few dollars while you're at it. If you're into the idea of holding a garage sale, it's not as easy as you may think. Before you throw everything you want to get rid of on a table and call it a sale, take a quick moment to reassess. Here are a few things you should never, ever, sell at a garage sale.

Related: If You've Ever Bought These Things at a Garage Sale, We Need To Talk

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Upholstered Furniture

Wood framed furniture or metal dining chairs often will sell if in good condition, but if you’re trying to dump a ratty old fabric sofa, good luck. First off, it’s likely heavy to move, and secondly, anything that’s got stains, holes, or is just completely out of date is probably better in the dump.

Related: The Best Online Thrift Stores for Buying Used Furniture (and Other Household Goods)

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Old Electronics

Old landline phones, VCRs, fax machines — if you don’t have a use for something obsolete, why would somebody else? Instead of sending these items to the landfill, look into finding an electronics recycling program near you. Depending on the item, your local Best Buy may also take it for recycling. 

Related: What Does Refurbished Mean — and Is It Worth It?

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Collectibles, Vintage Jewelry, Dishes, or Designer Clothes

Hear us out on this. You may possibly get much more money for these items if you get them appraised or go through a consignment store. Don’t sell yourself short just to get rid of stuff. You may be able to find an appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers