Skip to main content

Be sure to get rid of these 9 items in your fall garage sale

Fall is perfect for decluttering — add these items to the "sell" pile

Woman decluttering her house
Ollyy / Shutterstock

Fall is the perfect time for a garage sale. The weather is cooler, and there is less competition from neighbors since many people schedule their sales after spring cleaning. In addition, back-to-school season, the onset of the holidays, and bringing out your winter clothes from storage make for the perfect opportunity to clean out unwanted items and put others up for sale before winter.

As you prepare for your fall garage sale, there are a few key things you’ll need to declutter first. These nine items might be taking up much-needed storage space, so get rid of them now to better prepare your home for the winter.

Person organizing clothing into piles
Damian Lugowski / Shutterstock

1. Seasonal clothing

Seasonal clothing is one of the first items to tackle. Organize your wardrobe into three piles: keep, toss, and sell. Discard anything that is in poor condition, and sell or donate clothing items that are in good condition but don’t fit or are lightly worn. Take this time also to tidy up your winter apparel as you unpack it for the season. Try on clothing from last year and see which items fit or suit your current style. If it doesn’t retain your mark of approval, put it up for sale.

neutral minimalist holiday decor in a basket
irissca / Adobe Stock

2. Holiday decorations

With the holidays drawing closer each day, it’s time to organize last year’s decorations. As you declutter this seasonal decor, pull out the pieces that are broken, outdated, or simply won’t fit this year’s theme. Throw away damaged items and sell unwanted ones at your garage sale.

Recommended Videos

All through the fall, people will be on the lookout for new holiday decor, so it’s the perfect time to get these unwanted items off your hands.

items for sale at a garage sale
Pressmaster / Shutterstock

3. Outdoor furniture

Fads come and go, and your design sensibilities may change over time, so it’s no surprise that you may find yourself with outdoor furniture that doesn’t quite fit your decorative vision anymore. Free up space and make some money by selling your patio sets. Furniture can be quite expensive, so buyers in your area are likely interested in purchasing pieces secondhand and at a fair price.

Many stores also discount furniture in the fall, trying to sell as much of their stock as possible before the winter lines arrive. Take this time to sell your old pieces, and use that extra cash to buy a brand-new set at a fraction of the price.

pegboard with tools
Jeff Giniewicz / Shutterstock

4. Unnecessary tools

Properly caring for your lawn requires a plethora of tools, and over time, you’ve likely accumulated multiple hoes, spades, rakes, shovels, and more. While these tools are a crucial part of proper yard maintenance, you probably don’t need too many duplicates of each one. Save yourself some storage space by putting extra tools and DIY equipment up for sale.

plants on desk with laptop and computer
Tran Mau Tri Tam / Unsplash

5. Electronics

Cords, wires, chargers, remotes, and batteries tend to pile up over time, taking over drawers, cabinets, and other crucial storage spaces. This leads to a very time-consuming process of sorting through these accessories, determining what wires belong to what devices, and figuring out which chargers are unusable.

Save yourself the headache and include these items in your garage sale. Though you may not need them anymore, there’s always someone else who can use an extra phone charger, extension cord, or pack of batteries.

aesthetic storage boxes and containers on shelf
Floral Deco / Adobe Stock

6. Unused school supplies

Fall is back-to-school season, so many thrifty shoppers might be interested in supplies for their kids. If you have any extra unused (or lightly used) notebooks, binders, folders, backpacks, lunch boxes, or other school gear, add them to the “for sale” pile.

Dirty garden tools in wheelbarrow.
Hannah Yelverton / Getty Images

7. Gardening gear

Similar to outdoor tools, gardening supplies are great to have on hand in the summer. At the end of the blooming season, however, you’ll need to pack up all your equipment and store it in the attic, garage, shed, or other storage space. Instead of packing everything away, put some of your gear up for sale! Avid fall gardeners who favor mums or winter crops will find your spare tools useful.

This also frees up more space in your home for newly acquired seasonal decorations, presents, and other holiday items.

garage sale with used furniture
Ralf Broskvar / Adobe Stock

8. Old furniture

Whether you redecorate every year or every decade, your personal style is bound to change with time. If you have some furniture that is out of date or doesn’t suit your new aesthetic, you might be better off putting them up for sale rather than trying to blend them into your new design. Selling your old furniture also gives you the opportunity to purchase new pieces you’re sure to love.

baby surrounded by various toys
Shirota Yuri / Unsplash

9. Kids’ toys and room decor

With Christmas around the corner, it can be a good idea to make room for all the new goodies and gadgets by clearing out old toy boxes and kid’s room decor. Kids age fast, which means that outgrowing toys, furniture, and decor happens just as quickly. As you begin prepping for your fall garage sale, go through your kid’s room and find toys, costumes, decor, and other knick-knacks that your child has either outgrown or left unused at the bottom of the toy trunk. Toys are the perfect item to put in a garage sale because parents and kids love to purchase them at a discounted rate compared to large retail stores. It’s a win-win for you and other families, giving old toys a new home and making room for any presents your child may receive during the holiday season.

Fall garage sales are the perfect opportunity to free up space, ridding your home of unnecessary items you won’t need or use next season. A tidy home inspires a clear mind, so make sure your home is clean and clutter-free before you start spending those long winter nights inside.

Editors' Recommendations

Amelia Wilson
Amelia Wilson (author pen name Amelia J. Wilson) is a content writer in Greenwood, IN. She often enjoys topics on…
Be sure to get rid of these 7 items in your spring garage sale
Stuck holding on to that old stuff? This list will help get you started with your garage sale purge
Young couple at a yard sale

Spring is the season for new beginnings; there’s no better time to clear out old clutter and give your home a total refresh. In addition to this year’s spring cleaning, focus on getting rid of belongings you no longer need. And since the temperature’s rising, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining, it's a great time to plan a garage sale!

Set aside items in good condition to sell and donate the rest. Don’t know where to begin? Here are a few things you should definitely ditch at your spring garage sale.

Read more
5 easy ways to spruce up your living room for spring
The sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Here's how to bring that energy into your living room
Living room with warm yellow curtains

Spring is here, and we couldn't be more excited! This means temperatures starting to warm, birds chirping, flowers beginning to bloom, and spring cleaning. There are so many ways to introduce spring into your home, and — as a place where family and friends gather to watch movies, play games, and relax after a long day — the living room is the perfect place to start.

If you're thinking about updating your living room this spring, you may want to start by decluttering. It can help give you a sense of what to keep, donate, or throw away, and will help you see the space more clearly.

Read more
9 small apartment storage ideas that will make your home feel super expansive
Get creative with these storage space ideas
Underbed storage drawers

Apartment living has plenty of advantages, but when it comes to storage, your small space can lack in that department. When you’ve decorated every corner and you have limited square footage, where do you stash all of your clutter? You need strategic small apartment storage ideas that work for you, not against you; luckily, that's what we're here for.

If you’re looking for ways to maximize storage in a small apartment, you’ll need to get creative in each room. From taking your storage vertical to choosing pieces of furniture that multitask and adding shelving that can transform the room, here are nine genius ways to make the most of your storage solutions.
1. Transform your entryway

Read more