Chances are you have items in your house that you no longer need, use, or want. You can turn some of your old items into cash when you learn how to sell your stuff.
Places to Sell Your Stuff for Extra Money
Amazon Trade In – This is one of our favorite ways to get money for old video games, dvd’s, and books. With Amazon’s Trade In Program you scan the items barcode and Amazon tells you how much those items are worth. You decide if the money is enough or not. Then you package all your items and add a prepaid label to the box. Amazon takes care of the shipping charges.
Ebay – If you have old or collectible items at your house then Ebay may be the best tool for you to fetch the best prices. You will lose part of your sales in both PayPal and Ebay Fees.
Consignment Sales or Consignment Stores – If you live in an area where consignment sales are a big deal then you should take advantage of those. Generally there is a fee to join the sale (often between $7 and $10) and a portion of your sales are deducted (around 30%). You can get rid of a lot of children’s toys, books, and clothing in one quick event with consignment sales. Likewise, if there are consignment stores in your area you should see what they have to offer as well.
Craigslist – You can use Craigslist to sell items you don’t want or need. It is always advisable to meet at a public location when selling your items on Craigslist. You can meet in the parking lot of your local sheriff’s department or police station (many welcome this and several even post on Facebook inviting people to use their parking lots). This will often deter anyone with ill intentions.
Facebook Groups – Facebook groups are one of my favorite ways to see what is for sale in my local community. When you join Facebook yard sale groups you will often need to be approved by an administrator. There are rules to follow (things that are prohibited to post) and common courtesy to be used (sellers go in order of replies and do not cherry pick or offer items to sellers who private message them).
Newspaper Ads – Despite living in a world full of technology, the good ole newspaper is still a great place to list ads for items you are selling. Some newspapers run select ads for free. You can always ask for a discounted price on your ad before you place it.
Yard Sale – If you have a lot of stuff that you no longer need, organize a yard sale to get rid of it all at once. If your neighbors/neighborhood is friendly, team up to hold a family/neighborhood yard sale. Those attract more people! These Yard Sale Tips will help your yard sale be an even bigger success (seriously, it’s all about those big balloons).
It’s always fun deciding how to spend the money you make from selling stuff. If your budget looks sad that month, fill up some of your budget categories. We tend to save our “sold item” cash to use as splurge money.
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