When you’re in need of extra cash, a good place to start is to take inventory of the things lying around the house worth money.
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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How To Get 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.
30 Things You Can Sell To Make Quick Cash
1. Clothes you can’t fit into anymore – I’m guilty of it too. I have clothes just hanging in my closet collecting dust. Secondhand stores like Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor and ThredUp.com will take your stuff!
2. Gift cards you’ve never used – You don’t have to let it sit in your wallet. That’s such a waste of money! Websites like Cardpool will give you up to 92% cash for the gift cards you don’t want – even if it has a funky balance remaining!
3. Your kids’ old clothes and shoes – Every three months I go through my kids’ closets to get rid of any clothes and shoes they can’t fit. I take them to Once Upon A Child where I get cash for my kid’s stuff!
4. CDs and DVDs you never watch or listen to – Decluttr is the perfect place to sell your movies, music, and video games online. They’ll pay you outright for your CDs and DVDs you don’t want anymore.
5. Books you don’t read – Unless you’re a bookworm, you’ve probably only read a good book once or twice before tossing it on the bookshelf. But you can get cash for the books you don’t want when you sell them on eBay, at resale bookstores, and at Half.com.
6. Breast milk – If you have more breast milk than your little one needs, you can help a mama out and make $60 a day selling your breast milk online! Check out Only The Breast for more details.
7. Photos you’ve taken – iPhone photography is extremely popular these days. You can list your best photos online for sale at websites like Shutterstock and get paid for your work!
8. Domain names you’re not using – Ever bought a domain name for a website that you never used? You can resell them or create websites and sell them too!
9. Musical instruments
10. Sporting equipment – I’ve sold all of my kid’s little league equipment to Play It Again Sports for extra cash.
11. Artwork and decor in your home – These items sell really well on Craigslist and on Offerup.
12. Appliances you’re going to replace – Before you donate your old appliances, you should try selling them on Craigslist. We’ve sold a washer & dryer set, fridge, and stove for $1,000!
13. Outdoor furniture – Outdoor patio sets, grills, and others are a great money maker on Craigslist.
14. Kids bedroom furniture – When your kids outgrow their bed, tables, and chairs, you can sell them and use the money you make to buy bigger furniture!
15. Designer handbags and shoes – Designers like Coach, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton and more can make you a lot of money on sites like eBay and Poshmark.
16. Old cell phones and electronics – Gazelle is a great place to trade-in your smartphones and devices for cash. They will even pay for you to ship your stuff!
17. Holiday decorations you don’t need – Even old wedding decor.
18. Things around your house you don’t need – Think small kitchen appliances, gardening tools, storage bins, and more!
19. Handmade crafts – If you love making quilts or crocheting, you can sell your handmade items on Etsy!
20. Your baking – Sell your baked good to your friends, family, and around the neighborhood!
21. Collectible items
22. Your couponing stack
23. Toys and bicycles your kids don’t play with
24. Things in your storage unit – Stop paying to store these items and sell them instead!
26. Return past purchases – You can ask for price adjustments on recent purchases, too!
27. Recycle plastic, cans, and scrap metal – Visit Earth911.com to find a recycling center in your area.
28. Formal attire you won’t wear again – Poshmark is the best place to sell your fashion.
29. Strollers and other baby gear – My favorite place to sell these items is at kids resale and consignment stores.
30. Jewelry – You can sell any jewelry you don’t want to a pawn shop or on eBay.
So, there you have it! You will be able to put extra money in your pocket in no time!
What things have you sold to make quick cash?
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