Spring Clean Your Home for Extra Cash
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. This is something to consider as you clean out the clutter during spring cleaning. While donating the items you don’t want and need can get a tax deduction for charitable donation, you might make more by selling your stuff. In fact, it might be easier to part with items if you knew you’d make money from it.
Below are over 50 resources for selling your unused and unwanted items online. But before we get to that, I thought I’d mention The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it’s follow-up with illustrations, Spark Joy, both by Marie Kondo. I’ve read a ton of organization books in my time (because I’m organizationally challenged), and these two (you only need to get one or the other), are by far the easiest to follow. I’ve cleaned out more clutter in my house this book than any other one I’ve read. It’s simple and yet effective.
Once you’ve got your get-rid-of pile, you can use the resources below to sell them for quick cash.
Sell Just About Anything
Amazon.com allows you to sell more than books.
Bonanza offers itself as an eBay alternative for selling just about anyting.
eBay has long been a great resource for selling just about anything. If you don’t want to hassle with selling your various items at different places, eBay offers a great one-shop option.
eBid is another eBay-like auction option for selling your used items. It offers free listings and fees of only 3%.
iOffer is another eBay-like site where you can sell your stuff and buyers can make an offer or buy items in many categories.
Listia allows you to trade used items. You won’t earn money, but you’ll get credit that you can use to get free stuff listed on the site.
Mercari is a phone app through which you can sell just about anything. Snap a picture of your item, list it on Mercari, and sell it.
Oodle is an online classified ad market place similar to Craigslist where you can sell just about anything. It focuses on buying/selling in your local area.
Sell.com offers an online marketplace to sell your used items. Fees charged are based on the type and value of product you’re selling.
uBid is another eBay-like option. It’s geared toward businesses and requires an application.
Varagesale is a resource for selling locally. Started by a mother who found selling used items online tedious, she got her husband to create a resource that made it easier. Plus it makes it easy for you to let people know about your items through social media integration.
Sell Used Art/Photos
Sell Used Books
Amazon.com allows you post your used book for sell right a long with the new version.
BookFinder allows you to sell your books and textbooks.
BookScouter is a resource for selling used textbooks.
Half.com is owned by eBay and a resource specifically for selling used books.
Cash4Books will pay you for your used books. Enter the ISBN, get a quote and if you like it, use the prepaid shipping label to send it in.
Powell’s allows you to sell your books for cash or store credit.
Sell Back Your Book will buy your book in good condition as well as pay for shipping to them.
Sell Used Clothing
ASOS is a UK resource for selling fashion that appeals to 20-somethings.
BagBorrowOrSteal is a resource for selling luxury handbags and accessories.
Fashionphile is another place to sell your handbags and accessories.
Just Between Friends is ideal if you have maternity wear and baby items. You do need to bring your items to a local sales event, so it’s not completely from home. But at least you don’t have to ship items. Just Between Friends also offers income opportunities to earn a percentage of the sales made at it’s events by helping out.
Kindermint will buy your baby and children’s clothes up to size 8. You order a free special packet or bag, fill it with clothes and send it in. There are quality requirements, so read the information carefully.
Material Wrld doesn’t pay cash, but does offer a trade-in card that you can use to shop for clothes.
Poshmark is a phone app for selling clothing and accessories. Along with buying and selling name-brand clothing, there are other cool features such as Posh Parties, pre-paid (stamp) labels, and more.
Recycle Your Fashions works through consignment and offers $25 referal bonuses.
The RealReal offers luxury consignment and a $25 signup credit.
SNOBSWAP is a consignment shop for designer clothes and accessories.
ThreadUp works much like Kindermint in that you order a kit into which you put quality used clothes and ship it back. If it accepts your items, it pays either an upfront fee or it sells on consignment and pays after the sale. It’s possible that your items won’t meet ThreadUp standards, in which case you can get your items back (for a fee) or have them donated (for free). You can use your earnings to shop for great deals on name brand used items. There are tons of other perks, such as getting free money to your account to spend at ThreadUp (for example, give away a $10 spending coupon and earn a $10 spending coupon for yourself)! You can get a $10 credit just for signing up.
Tradesy allows you to sell your used clothes and accessories.
Vaunte offers the ability to sell brand-name items through it’s online shop.
Yoogi’s Closet is another resource for luxury items.
Sell Used DVDs, CDs. Games
Abundatrade buys CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, LPs, and console Video Games, but not PC games. Enter your item information and Abundatrade will determine it’s value and if it deems it worthy, will make an offer. It provides free shipping on CD, DVD, and Video Games trades with a combined value of at least $10.
Decluttr buys old DVDs, CDs and games. You can enter up to 10 items to send in, get the prepaid shipping label and put in the mail. Once Decluttr gets the items, you’ll get paid by check. Amazon.com is another place to sell your used DVDs, CDs and games. You can also try your local GameStop for selling your games.
SecondSpin has online and brick-and-mortar stores through which you can sell your used CDs, DVDs, BlueRay and games.
SellDVDsOnline buys CDs, DVDs, and games, and offers free shipping.
Sell Used Electronics
Most of these resources buy old electronics such as smart phones, tablets, computers, etc. Some will even buy broken devices and others will recycle the device if it has no monetary value. When you give information about your device, you’ll get a quote, and if you accept it, the company will send you a package and/or label to ship the item.
Sell Used Jewelry
Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry will buy old jewelry and items that “should have been jewelry”. There doesn’t seem to be a requirement that the jewelry actually be from an ex though:) You’re limited to five items at time. Be sure to read the safe buying and selling information.
Sell Vintage, Collectible, and Antique Items
RubyLane is a resource for selling vintage or antique items. From art to dolls to jewelry to furnishings and more, if it’s old, you can probably sell it at RubyLane.
The Internet Antique Shop (TIAS) is another resource for selling your antiques and collectibles.
Sell Used Wedding Dresses and Accessories
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