How Much Is Your Stuff Worth?

Do you have a garage, basement or shed full of items you no longer want or need? You may be tempted to simply donate it to charity or have the junk collector haul it away. But the old adage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” certainly rings true. You’d be surprised how much you would get for some of your unwanted items if you sold them online or at a pawn shop! Just how much is your stuff worth? Here are a few ways to find out how much to ask for some of your stuff.

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Don’t confuse worth with sentimental value.

Yes, we know- your limited-edition ALF alarm clock from 1986 is a symbol of your childhood. Therefore, it must be worth a fortune, right? Well, that depends. It means a lot to you because it takes you back to a place in life that you remember fondly. When determining the actual worth of an item, it’s important to let that nostalgia go for a minute. Assess its other qualities and attributes, such as it’s condition, whether it’s operable, and how many (or few) items like it exist in the world today. All of these factors can determine whether the item truly has resale value as a collector’s item. Otherwise, it simply means something to you for sentimental reasons.


Find comparable items online.

eBay and other online auction sites are great places to look for items that are exactly the same as or similar to what you are trying to sell. Not only can you get a pretty good ballpark idea of what the item actually goes for, but you can compare the quality and condition of your item to others just like it. Your beat-up, well-loved Star Wars lunchbox, for instance, isn’t going to go for nearly the same price as the mint-condition one that has been kept in a glass case since the late 1970s. Once you see what other people are selling, and for how much, you will have a more realistic concept of how much you may end up being able to sell the item for. This will be good to have when negotiating a sale at the pawn shop or other used or vintage store.


Get a professional appraisal.

The only way to really know how much your item is worth is to have it professionally appraised. Some pawn brokers offer this service, and it is also possible to have an appraisal done online at sites such as Value My Stuff and WorthPoint, which offer their services for relatively small fees. If you prefer to have your appraisal done in person, you can find people in your area who offer appraisal services for the item you’re selling by searching the American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, or the International Society of Appraisers.


Once you’ve done your homework and are ready to sell, why not come to Pawn Brokers Exchange? We are Salt Lake City’s most trustworthy, reputable name in the pawn business. We will make sure you receive the fairest deal possible on your items. Contact Pawn Brokers Exchange today at 801-238-0111 to speak with one of our representatives about the item or items you wish to sell, and we’ll work with you to receive the best deal in town. Pawn Brokers Exchange looks forward to seeing you!

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