When your sale is over and you don’t want to take all that stuff back into your house, you have several options.

To get more money for your merchandise:

– Check local ads for professional flea market vendors who buy merchandise in bulk. Many of them will offer you a lump price for what you have left. Sometimes these vendors will come by your sale early and ask you to call them when you’re finished. Let them make you an offer at the end of the day. then let them pack in up and cart it away while you stash the cash.

– For clothing, jewelry, toys and decorative household items, you may want to call a consignment store in your area. These stores will sell your merchandise and split the money with you. What does not sell within a couple of months will be donated to charity.

– If you have antique items left, contact a local antique dealer and make an appointment to take items by. Many antique shops will sell these items on consignment.

– Contact proprieters of local auction houses. Many of them will let you bring your items by and leave them to be sold at their next auction. Or, you may carry your merchandise to the auction itself. Many auctions in the Northeast Mississippi area allow amateur sellers right along with the pros. Auction houses will usually charge about 15 to 20 percent commission.

To donate what’s left:

– Donate toys, kitchen utensils and other household items to your local church, church daycare or other charity.

– Many churches have clothes closets, toys for tots, and other programs for the poor.

– Magazines, books and such items can be donated to your favorite doctor’s office or your nearest nursing home or hospital waiting room.

– If you live in Lee County, the Salvation Army Thirft Store in Tupelo will come to your house and pick up your merchandise on Monday or Tuesday after your weekend sale, if you call them the Friday before. Residents of Pontotoc and Union Counties may have to wait until Thursdays for pick-up, but you can leave it stacked in your carport until them and have it picked up. For more information, call 680-2761.

– Faith Haven, Tupelo, 844-7091, needs clothing from infants to 18 years, baby furniture, toys, etc. Please call and make appointment to bring by.

– S.A. F. E., Tupelo, 841-9138, needs women’s and children’s clothing, furniture, household items of all kinds, toys, etc. Please call ahead due to limited storage room.

– Baldwyn Children’s Home, Baldwyn, 365-9781. Thrift store located on Old Highway 45 in Baldwyn is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Will take all types of items. Call or bring by during store hours.

– Tupelo Children’s Mansion, Tupelo. Thrift store located on Eason Blvd., 840-9485, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Will accept most items. Will pick up donations within 20-miles radius of Tupelo. Call ahead or bring by during store hours.

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