If you've got the housebound pandemic blues, why not shake them off — by cleaning out and getting rid of clothing, furniture, kitchen odds and ends, trinkets or collectibles that you don't use or need anymore?
You have the urge to purge, but you may hesitate to sell your unwanted goods because some items have sentimental value and it's hard to let go of them. Or you think you might need some items, even though you've stowed them away in a commercial storage unit. However, now is as good a time as any to sort through and sell what you can, suggests Sushee Perumal, CEO of MaxSold, a Toronto downsizing and estate sale company. “Selling unwanted items has many benefits,” he points out. “It frees up space for the seller and generates cash. Buyers don't have to buy new, and it's good for our planet, as these items are made use of rather than discarded.”
Right now, there are now dozens of apps you can use to hawk your wares. After considering the most popular ones, their policies, procedures and customer reviews, here are four to get you started. All are user-friendly and free to download to your smartphone from Google Play or Apple's App Store. What's more, you can sell your stuff safely — with little or no contact with the buyer.
1. letgo for household items
Available throughout the U.S. and Canada, letgo helps you peddle your items locally to your neighbors for free. Creating a listing can take just 30 seconds. Simply take a photo of your items, and Reveal, its proprietary real-time image recognition technology, will suggest titles, categories, what they're worth, and the current demand for them — information you can edit. In addition, you can use the chat feature to talk with potential buyers to answer questions, arrange to meet, or negotiate a no-contact sale. All transactions are conducted in cash.