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After several decades of working and maybe a couple of decades raising kids, you probably have a lot of extra stuff. Many people have a lot of extra items around their home. Clothes you never wear, old electronics that have replaced by newer models, unused furniture, books you’re never going to read again, decorations, children’s toys, and more.
Why not unload some of this extra stuff? Besides decluttering your home, ridding yourself of unused stuff can help bring in extra cash. So there’s a double benefit.
There are many items around your home that you may be able to sell.
You can use this extra cash to pay off debt, invest and generate income, take a class, help finance a vacation, and more.
However, many people end up just throwing things like these away.
There are many excuses not to try selling your stuff:
The truth is, though, if you are throwing things away that you could be selling, in many cases you are throwing money away.
The next time you are about to toss something in the dumpster or leave it at the curb on trash pickup day, you may want to try selling it first.
There are many places you may be able to sell your things. These include:
Below are eight ideas for things you might sell.
Most everyone has extra clothing they don’t wear, so this can be an easy way to start. Particularly if your children have grown and moved out, you probably still have children’s clothing items you don’t need. Visit a thrift store near you to see if they’re interested in buying anything. There are also designer thrift stores that deal in high-end clothes.
Items you could sell include shirts, pants, blouses, skirts, shoes, jewelry, costumes, dresses, jackets, belts, formal dresses, and more.
Toys and games
If your children are moved out or simply have outgrown toys and games, you can sell these relatively easily. Items you could sell include dolls, action figures, wooden blocks, Lego sets, dollhouses, play dishes, model trains, and much more. Brand name toys and games like Star Wars, Pokemon, and Transformers are especially good sellers, as are classic games like Life, Monopoly, and Battleship. You could visit a used toy store near you such as Once Upon a Child or an online site like Swap.com.
Electronics and appliances
There are many electronic items around your home that you may be able to sell. Video games in good condition are often in high demand. Even if the items are old or not working, you still might be able to sell them. Repair shops might be interested in purchasing old TVs, radios, and large appliances for the parts. In many cases they even come to pick it up from your home!
Other items you may be able to sell include cell phones, laptops, computers, cameras, TVs, and so on. Before you sell any cell phone, computer, camera, or laptop, make sure you completely delete all personal information on it.
Sometimes there is furniture you no longer have a use for. Baby cribs and children’s furniture come to mind. Maybe you just downsized, renovated, or just have extra furniture occupying space. You might be able to sell this extra furniture for cash.
We have a neighbor who repaints and restores old furniture so they can sell it at garage sales. Refurbishing may increase the value and enable you to make some extra money.
Books are great items to sell because they keep their value and many are timeless. Classic novels and children’s books are in perpetual demand. So are textbooks, as students often don’t want to spring full price for brand new texts. Depending on the type of book, you could get $50 or more.
Besides textbooks and novels, other types of books you could sell include encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference books, comic books, biographies, coffee table books, and more. Places you can try to sell your books include eBay, Amazon, Cash4Books.net, Powell’s Books, local used bookstores like Half-Priced Books, local thrift stores, and more. Scouting sites like BookScouter.com and BookFinder.com can help you find buyback quotes from multiple sites.
Videos are another popular item to sell for extra money. You may be able to earn a few dollars for each movie or episode, and possibly much more if you have a complete TV show series or season. You can try selling these at a local used electronics dealer, at online sites like decluttr.com, at a garage sale, and more.
Many sporting goods stores are willing to buy your or your kids’ unneeded helmets, pads, hockey and lacrosse sticks, skis, skateboards, treadmills and elliptical machines, weights, and more. You can try selling these at garage sales, on eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon, or at local stores like Play It Again Sports.
You may have received a gift card as a present that you know you will never use. Or you may have purchased one as a present and didn’t give it away. Rather than letting it go to waste, you can sell that gift card online. You can even sell your gift card if some of it has been used. Sites like GiftCardGranny and CardPool deal in gift cards.
There are many other items you can sell. Oodle.com is a site that trades in vehicles, boats, RVs, tools, musical instruments, even pets and birds. If you have items that you think might be of worth to someone, you can try searching for local stores or online sites that might deal in those items.
Final note: Even if you decide not to sell your used items, you can consider donating them instead of throwing them away. Many people throw away perfectly good things that could be put to use by someone else. Your local library will gladly accept books and videos, while local thrift stores, and Goodwill and Salvation Army centers will accept most anything.