(Edit from AP) Spring for many homeowners means confronting all the things that have filled up the closets, basement and garage over the past year. As the late comedian George Carlin used to say: “Your house is a pile of stuff with a cover on it.”

Getting rid of that stuff has always been tricky, especially if you hope to come away with some cash.

(Edit from AP) Spring for many homeowners means confronting all the things that have filled up the closets, basement and garage over the past year. As the late comedian George Carlin used to say: “Your house is a pile of stuff with a cover on it.”

Getting rid of that stuff has always been tricky, especially if you hope to come away with some cash.

Today, because of the Internet and the recession, there are more options than ever for trying to sell used items. To newspaper classified ads, garage sales and flea markets, add Facebook, Craig’s List, eBay and other online trading sites. To pawn shops and consignment shops, add an expanding array of resale stores that pay cash on the spot.

Laura Deaton Morarity, who was preparing to move recently to a new public relations job in Seattle, was a little stunned at how much she had acquired in her Cincinnati-area home after living there just four years. But in the middle of a bad winter, how do you do that quickly?

Her solution: a virtual yard sale on Facebook. She posted a photo album on the social networking site and alerted her friends and family, who also got their Facebook friends involved in the buying.

In 24 hours, Morarity sold everything she listed: couch, chair, dining room set, loveseats, TV stand and more.

Goodwill Industries International Inc., the Salvation Army, and other charities provide another option: They can help give your clothing, furniture, books and other items appreciative new homes while you support their humanitarian efforts and can also get a tax deduction.

“We have found that in a tough economy, people like to know that their donations are being reinvested back into the community,” said Jim Gibbons, Goodwill’s CEO.

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