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Selling Your Belongings

Let's face it, you don't want to take everything you own back home. That ugly old chair handed down through generations of students no longer reflects your earning power.

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During your stay in America, you probably bought many things that you will not want to take home with you: refrigerator, sofa, textbooks, etc. The more you take back with you, the more expensive moving will be, so it is a good idea to decide what you want to keep and what you are willing to part with. Start this process a couple of months before you leave, so that you can take the appropriate steps to sell or throw away these items.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to sell items is by advertising to other students. Often the items you are selling, particularly furniture, will be what they need, and many of them would rather pay less for used items than buy new ones that they will have to sell in a couple of years when they move. Most universities have email lists where you can advertise your sale. Also, post flyers around on campus bulletin boards (you may need permission to post in certain locations).

One common way of selling a lot of items quickly is the "garage sale." You arrange to have a sale for one or two days, usually on a weekend, during which people can come by where you live and buy items from single books to furniture and appliances. You should advertise a garage sale in local newspapers; remember to include a few of the larger items in the ad, since this draws customers in to your sale. If you live in an apartment complex it is best to get the apartment manager's permission to hold a sale before you advertise it. Some buildings may not allow it.

If you are still left with items you don't want to take with you, and it is getting close to date on which you will be moving, ask your friends if they can use any of the items, and offer to give the items to them.

You may still have things to get rid of immediately before you leave. If this is the case you may simply have to throw away the extra items. In most cases you can simply use the trash or recycling where you live, but if you have appliances or furniture that no one else will take, you may have to arrange with your local garbage service for a special container. These can cost upward of $20, but they may be the only option you have for some things. Also, items such as refrigerators contain chemicals that make it illegal or unsafe to include with regular garbage pickup, so you may need to contact specialists to dispose of them.

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