When you’re in need of extra cash, a good place to start is to take inventory of what you already own.
I can’t tell you how many times I thought to myself, someone would never buy this, and I end up getting more offers than I can handle.
So don’t ever underestimate the value of your unwanted stuff.
There are many places you can sell your things. These include:
- Craigslist – a free website that allows you to easily sell your things locally. Just be careful to not get scammed.
- OfferUp – a free app that also allows you to sell your things to people in your area, but it has a built-in messaging system that makes it much easier to communicate with potential buyers.
- Resale Stores – secondhand and thrift stores are always looking for quality goods to buy. They may pay on consignment, cash, or store credit.
- eBay – a free website that allows you to reach thousands of people looking for what you have to offer, but that also means more selling competition, so it can be harder to make a quick profit.
- Facebook – you can search for specific selling groups in your city.
- Garage/yard sales – this is a bit old school, but it still works! Hosting a yard sale can be a lot of fun, but keep in mind people are looking for big bargains, so don’t expect to make a lot of money.
If you’re wondering where I like to go to sell my old stuff it’s primarily Craigslist, OfferUp App, and Resale Stores.
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Here are 9 things to sell around your house for extra money
About every three months, I’d go through our closets to bag up clothing we weren’t wearing and sell them to Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor.
Places like these accept all kinds of clothing and accessories, but you may get more money for high-end brands if you sell them on eBay or OfferUp.
Clothing items you could sell include shirts, pants, swimwear, jackets, belts, hats, handbags & wallets (think Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, etc.), shoes, jewelry, costumes, business professional and casual clothing, formal gowns, dresses, and more.
2. Kids Stuff
I save so much money buying my kids’ clothes second hand, mainly because I always sell what they outgrow before I buy newer stuff. My favorite place to sell my kids stuffs is at Once Upon A Child because I can get store credit or cash!
Items you could sell to kids resale, consignment or thrift stores include toys, shirts, outfits, pants, dresses, formal wear, children’s books, strollers, playpens, bassinets, infant swings, kids furniture, unused diapers, pajamas, costumes, school uniforms, shoes, blankets, and more.
3. Old Electronics
I’m sure you have a few old electronics around your house you could sell! Items like tablets, cell phones, TVs, computers & laptops – even if they’re old, it’s worth a shot!
Websites like Gazelle makes it easy to trade-in your smartphones and other devices for cash. And it cost you nothing to ship them your device!
Side note: Before selling your personal phone or laptop, make sure to clear out any personal information.
Most people only read a book once (maybe twice if it’s really good) and toss it on a bookshelf to forget about it. But books are a great thing to sell for extra money!
It could be an encyclopedia, dictionary, textbook, novel, or any other type of book you could sell for good money at resale stores, Half.com, and eBay.
5. Gift Cards
You know those holiday gift cards everyone receives, but nobody uses?
Most people keep them in their wallets for months. But you don’t have to let that money go to waste.
Even if it has some weird balance left on it, websites like Cardpool will give you up to 92% for your unwanted gift cards.
Decorations are something most people never think about selling to make extra money. But there are so many people (like me!) that are happy to buy used decor because they know it saves them a TON!
Items you could sell include home decor, vintage decor, wedding decorations, Christmas and other holiday decorations, table linens, centerpieces, curtains, area rugs, table and floor lamps, artwork, and more!
7. Music and Movies
If you still have boxes of old DVDs, video games and CDs stored in your garage or basement, you’re not the only one. Because music and movies are mostly streamed online these days, there’s really no need to have this stuff lying around your house collecting dust – you should be collecting cash instead!
We recently sold a stack of old movies to a local resale store and got almost $50 for our collection. But TV series tend to sell best.
Decluttr is a great place to sell old music, movies, and video games online because they will buy them outright from you!
If you ever upgrade your appliances, don’t forget to try selling your old appliances before getting rid of them. Because many resale appliance store owners and people that own real estate often go to Craigslist looking for used appliances in good, working condition.
I made $1,000 when I sold our appliances!
Items you could sell include refrigerators, stoves, stove top microwaves, washers, dryers, and more.
Think nobody wants your old couch? Think again. From college kids to first-time homeowners, there are always people looking for cheap ways to furnish their homes.
And if you have a knack for DIY, you could even repurpose furniture to flip and make extra money on the side!
Furniture items you could sell (or repurpose!) include sofas, chairs, dining tables, desks, bed frames, dressers, chest drawers, and more.
Bonus tips for getting the most money for your stuff
Always be honest.
Because you should never lie about what you’re selling just to make a quick buck. If the item isn’t in the best of shape or doesn’t work like it used to, just be honest and let the buyer decide if he/she wants to purchase it.
Don’t price to sell.
People are going to offer you less than your asking price. It’s just part of doing business! So if you’re selling something for $20 and you need all twenty of it, you better list it for $10-$15 more than what you actually need to make a profit.
Check out your competition.
If you don’t know what price to list your stuff for online, you can check out your competition. See what other items similar to yours are selling for to help you decide on a good price point.
Only accept cash.
This is a MUST if you’re selling items locally on Craigslist or through an app like OfferUp because many people will try to convince you with some sob story to let them wire you money.
Trust me, you’re not going to miss out on a sale because you turn them away. The right buyer will come along, so make sure you’re firm about accepting nothing but cash.
Always have someone with you.
Especially when you’re making an exchange like this. Too many times people are robbed, scammed, or worse, so you never want to sell anything to anyone in-person alone.
It’s also a good idea to do the exchange in daylight and in a public place. I wouldn’t advise you have strangers come to your house unless it makes sense. So just use your better judgment.
So, there you have it! These nine examples, plus bonus tips, will put extra money in your pocket in no time!
What items around your house have you sold to make extra money?
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