You're finally ready to get rid of your old comforter and replace it with a new one that better fits your bedroom scheme. With the garage sale coming up, it's the perfect opportunity to pawn it off for a little cash. Here are some tips for properly packaging and selling a comforter at your next yard sale.
If at all possible, you should get the comforter dry-cleaned. This will eliminate all of the dirt and grime buildup it has accumulated over the years of keeping you cozy in bed, and will also remove unusual or offensive odors your customers might notice if they unfold it to inspect it. Maybe the high price of dry-cleaning in your area is the reason you aren't just keeping it in the first place; in that case, at least throw it in your dryer for a cycle (unless otherwise instructed by the manufacturer's tag on the comforter itself), to ensure that all lice and other pests are dead and gone.
Pair it with its matching accessories to heighten the interest. Pillowcases, sheets, and dust ruffles that came with the comforter are all fair game, and no matter how attached to that look on your pillow you may be, a comforter set will sell for a much higher price than just a comforter. You have no excuse for not cleaning the accessories, so give those a heavy wash cycle and make them fluffy dry before you fold them up and prep them for selling.
How can you tame a comforter? Their poofy nature makes them nearly impossible to fold and even more impossible to keep folded, but a solution has been invented! See if you can't find the comforter bag that it originally came in -- maybe you've stashed it in a closet somewhere. If you are at a loss as to where the original went, use the bag from your latest comforter. Though it may be a slightly different size or shape, most comforter bags will hold a comforter without too much trouble. Comforter bags are shaped like a box and are made of a thick plastic held together with a zipper -- the perfect way to wrassle your comforter into submission.
When you're ready to put a price on your comforter, consider its condition. If it's still fairly unused, you can probably get between $30 and $50, depending on the size and how many matching accessories you've included. A comforter that looks loved shouldn't be priced for more than $20 or so, to ensure that it sells.
If you don't want to deal with refolding the comforter, thanks to curious customers unzipping the bag every few minute, tape a sign to the bag stating these things (more or less, depending on preference, of course):
- Condition of the comforter -- be honest! If you say "brand new" and it's clear there are some moth holes...well, you won't be selling it any time soon.
- Number and type of accessories included, if any.
- Whether or not the price is final.
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