How to turn clutter into cash after garage clean-out

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by Gina Maravilla

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Posted on February 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

PHOENIX -- After cleaning out their garage, Jay and Gita Kshatriya found a lot of sporting equipment either their kids had outgrown or they just did not use any more.  While the donated some of the items, they found that a lot was still in good shape.

They took their gently used equipment to C & S Sporting Goods, a Phoenix consignment store. Gita hauled in two large moving boxes filled with everything from Frisbees and foldable chairs, to bats, balls and bags.

"You kinda forget that the kids are growing out of things that they normally use. Or you forget that you maybe were into something else before that you are not really into any more," Kshatriya said as store owners inspected her stash.

Chad Carpenter from C & S says he sees this scenario all the time and welcomes it. 

"You clean out your garage, you have a pile of just miscellaneous stuff, even if it's in your mind that, 'I don't know if they'll take it,' bring it in. It's very possible," he encourages.

After crunching the numbers, Carpenter presents Kshatriya with three different options.  If she wants to consign, she could make $145.  If she chooses to trade in her items for store credit, they are worth $95.  Ultimately, Kshatriya opts to go with the cash option and walks away with $80.

"I love it!" she said. "Eighty bucks, and for something that we didn't use.  It wasn't worth anything when we didn't use it.  Now someone else can use and for us we got $80 out of it! It is a win/win!"

Many consignment stores, including C & S, work with local charities so if they can't sell your stuff, they will make sure it finds its ways to the hands of people -- usually kids -- who can use and enjoy it.

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