Finding cash generating clutter hidden inside the dark recesses of your home can be as easy as going on a treasure hunt! I recently went on a treasure hunt and was surprised by the sellable items hidden away in boxes and in the back of my closets. Once I dug out various items from closets and drawers worth selling I started strategizing about the smartest ways to cash in on my new found "treasures".
Simply decluttering your home often means just getting rid of stuff through selling it, donating it or throwing it out or putting it away. The difference between a treasure hunt and plain old decluttering is that you are only looking for items to sell for money. The first step in going on a treasure hunt is to separate the trash from the treasure. A treasure hunt through your closet for example, would mean ignoring the Walmart brand polyester blend clothing and searching for vintage pieces, designer clothing and accessories or at the very least well made pieces in great shape that don't look dated or scream "fashion victim".
The thrill of a treasure hunt is the joy of finding long forgotten items that may have been hidden away for years that have the potential to generate cold hard cash today. After some serious digging through boxes tucked away in closets and cabinets I was lucky enough to unearth a beautiful crystal vase that has been packed away and not seen the light of day for years. As lovely as it looks, if I put it on display in my home it would be just another thing to dust. Housework is not a favorite pastime so I am selling it through a consignment store that sells home décor items.
Part of the fun of a treasure hunt is discovering unexpected items that the right buyer would value. While hunting through the far corners of a closet I stumbled across a naked female mannequin mooning me! I bought it long ago with the intention of using it for home décor to displaying clothing on it in but realized the effect of the dressed mannequin was more fashion victim than fabulous home décor. I am betting some clothing consignment store will be happy to buy a perfectly good mannequin and I will be happy to free up some closet space for stuff I actually use.
At the end of my treasure hunt I ended up with two categories of items, home décor and fashion. My next step is to find one consignment store for clothing and a different store for home décor. Before driving all over town with treasures bouncing around in your trunk check out the web sites for the consignment stores you intend to sell to for information on items they accept and their selling process. If you have any questions it's a good idea to call ahead of time and save yourself a trip. Reading business reviews on yelp.com to see if there are complaints about not getting a fair price for items sold or if the store is getting good feedback is also helpful.