Old electronics, clothes that don’t fit, extra pieces of furniture—these are just some of the things that you can find in nearly everyone’s homes that add to the clutter.
So, instead of piling up dust and eating valuable space, just sell them! Not only will you have more room, you’ll end up with more money, too!
Here, I’ll show you things in your home that you can sell to get a few extra bucks and where I think it’s best to sell them.
Let’s get to it!
10 things you can sell to make money
Your closet should be one of the first things you look at when trying to make money and declutter at the same time. Like a lot of other people, you probably have pieces of clothing that you don’t wear anymore—jeans, shirts, dresses, suits, shoes, anything!
If they don’t fit you anymore, chances are it’ll still fit other people.
Your local thrift store is a good place to sell your used clothing but there are also places online such as Craigslist, eBay, and Poshmark that you can go to. Plus, if you’re selling luxury items, The RealReal and Couture USA offer fair prices.
2. Sports equipment
You or your kids might have been into sports that you don’t play anymore. If you’re looking to earn some additional cash, selling your used sporting goods can help especially if you know where to sell them.
Personally, I like Play It Again Sports. Bring your used gear to any of their shops and you can either:
- Get paid on the spot,
- Trade it in for other equipment, or
- Get a consignment option
3. Cds, dvds, and cartridges
You’ve probably bought copies of movies, TV series’, music albums, and video games only to get bored midway. Even if you did finish some of them, you probably don’t care to relive the experience a second time—so turn them into profit!
When was the last time you actually read your college textbook? What about the novels on the shelf? If you haven’t touched them in recent years and don’t plan to, it’s time you sell them so somebody else who can gain some of that knowledge.
A garage sale is always a good way to reduce the clutter but you can also sell them online. If the latter sounds more appealing to you, a good place to start would be scouting sites such as BookScouter and BookFinder.
These sites can show you different offers from different companies which allow you to compare prices and find the best one. Just my advice though: check out the company first before committing. Prices on scouting sites might not always be accurate.
5. Electronics and appliances
The thing about electronics and appliances is that technology quickly makes them obsolete—but that doesn’t mean you can’t make good money out of them.
Moreover, if your goods are broken and you can’t find a shop that takes them, you can always sell them as scrap metal or sell them for parts.
Replacing old furniture with something more modern can make your house feel brand new. However, these projects can also be costly.
Sell your old furniture!
This most likely won’t cover the entire expense of your new sofa but, hey, that’s better than nothing. Craigslist would probably be the best option here since it connects you to people nearby which can reduce, if not eliminate the need for shipping.
Here’s the hard truth about selling gems: We often attach emotion to our jewelry but the market doesn’t consider sentimental value. Moreover, you most likely won’t be able to sell your jewelry at nearly the same price it was bought.
That being said, be realistic when you sell your jewelry. Personally, I’d make this a last resort when I absolutely need money but in the end, it’s all up to you.
To sell jewelry, you can go to your nearest jeweler and ask for an appraisal or you can take the online route. Etsy and eBay are good options but, to me, Ruby Lane might be the best choice. It’s a smaller market but the people using it tend to have more cash to spare on high-end jewelry.
8. Vintage and antique goods
At our house, we’ve got old typewriters, sewing machines, utensils, and even furniture that were passed on to us by my grandma. They’re definitely “vintage” since they’re more than 20 years old and, honestly, selling some of them has saved me from my fair share of financial emergencies.
Keep in mind though that not all that’s old is worth a ton of money. Sometimes, they might not even be worth anything.
So, before listing your antiques and vintage stuff for sale, do your research first. The online route (e.g., eBay, Etsy, Ruby Lane) is a good place to sell these items but you can also take them to auctions and flea markets.
9. Gift cards
Today, gift cards can either come as actual or electronic cards but the good news is that you can sell them both—even the partially used ones!
Raise is said to be the biggest marketplace for electronic gift cards so that’s a good site to visit. Personally though, I tend to lean more towards Gift Card Granny and CardCash just because I think they’re a little more user-friendly.
Furthermore, if you’re looking for fast money, Cardpool is a great option, too.
10. Recyclable materials
You’d be surprised at what people buy for their arts and crafts projects. These include:
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Empty jars
- Empty boxes
- Plastic bottles
- Egg boxes
And other items that you normally just throw away!
So, before you put them in the bin, you might want to check Pinterest if people use them for their DIY projects. Who knows? Those cardboard tubes might fetch you spare money on eBay and Amazon.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” – this quote rings true to even the wealthiest of people. That being said, I suggest you reconsider throwing away “trash” or setting aside things that you never really use anyway. If you can make money off of it, do it! It doesn’t matter if it’s only $5. Those things pile up and eventually might help you get out of a tight spot.
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