In my last post I mentioned making money by selling unwanted items and using the profit to trade trading in second-hand goods or antiques. The idea is not to input any money if you can possibly avoid it.
Sort whatever you have into two categories. If you have collectables or antiques, these should be kept for auction or private sale. Other items can be sold through a garage sale. Many local papers will let you post a free ad for a cheap item and will reach more people than a garage sale.
Check out the prices of more valuable items before you offer them for sale. Many people sell on ebay, but unless you set a reserved price, if there is no competition for what you are selling, you may be disappointed. A specialist auction may fetch a better price.
Once you have a little capital you can look for bargains that you can sell on. Try to specialize, I collect glass and most of my collection has be bought from experienced antique dealers who did not know the true value of what they were selling. Visit antique sales and markets and learn to haggle. Remember if you buy at auction, the price should be a lot lower than retail.
Buying and selling collectables is fun and there is always the anticipation that you are going to get a real bargain. If you know your stuff you often will!