You Can Get Paid to Get Rid of Your Junk!
Spring is in the air! As the temperatures begin to rise, one thing that I is on my mind is Spring Cleaning! There is a joy that comes from opening the windows, cranking up the music and dancing around while organizing the house. It’s the perfect time of year to sort through all of the
junk treasure that we have accumulated. Instead of just throwing it out, or donating it, I like to see if I can make some money from it. You know the old saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
There are many different ways that you can make money off of the junk that you have laying around your house. Here are some of my favorite ways.
Ebay is an online auction site. It’s free to sign up for, but they do charge a percentage fee of the sale if the items sell. You take your pictures (better pictures sell items better), create your listing, set your prices and publish your auctions. Pretty much anything can be sold on Ebay. This can not only be profitable, but also enjoyable. I just love the excitement that happens when there is a bidding war on an item. Who will win? How high will they go? It can be quite addicting to sell on here! Auctions can go from 1 day to 10 days, or you can do a fixed price listing for up to 30 days.
Amazon is another web-based sale program. I recommend using this for newer items, or ones that you still have the box for. That way you know 100% sure that what you are listing is the proper edition that you’re posting in. If you have a doll that went through three different manufacturing cycles and someone is looking for a particular cycle, unless you have the box to scan to ensure you have it right, I don’t like to risk it. You can try if you’d like, but I would rather be safe than sorry. If you have the box or know 100% what you’ve got, Amazon can be a great way to sell it. With Amazon, you list your item at the price you want for it and then just wait. They will leave it for sale as long as you have it listed. You don’t get charged anything unless it sells. Although, I must warn you that they do have kinda steep prices for their fees when things do sell, so keep that in mind when setting your price.
Another website you can use is Craigslist. Unlike the other sites above, where you sell online and then ship the items to the buyer, with Craigslist, you meet up with the people in your local area. It’s basically a big online newspaper. You publish a listing on their site with what you have for sale and what you’d like to get for it. Buyer Joe sees your posting and then e-mails you with questions and/or to setup a pickup time. Buyers will normally try to negotiate with you to get a lower price, so I always recommend putting the selling price a bit higher than what you’re really wanting so that you are able to come down and “give the buyer a better deal”. I recommend always meeting at a public location and never at your home or somewhere secluded. You don’t know these people and while most are nice enough and just want to buy your things, you never know who you’re talking to so once again, I say better safe than sorry. With craigslist there are no fees of any kind – so that’s a huge plus!
Yup, the place where you spend so much time already scrolling through looking for the next coolest video (here’s a cat riding a roomba – there’s the giraffe who still hasn’t had that baby yet) can also be a money maker for you. There are groups you can join that are specific to your area called “Buy, Sell, Trade” Groups. In them you get to… You guessed it! Buy, Sell or Trade! If you have the Facebook app on your phone, I recommend listing through the marketplace. This will allow you to post to multiple groups at once, as well as to the marketplace page directly. If someone is interested in your item they will either comment on your group posting or send you a private message. Just like with Craigslist, I recommend meeting at a public place, just to be safe.
Plato’s Closet and Once Upon a Child
Plato’s Closet and Once Upon a Child are resale shops. They are physical stores throughout the US – so I would check their webpages to see if there is a location near you. For both of these stores, you bring in your gently used clothes and they will go through, pick what they want to keep and will pay you for them. Plato’s Closet is for name brand, in style clothes. Once Upon a Child will purchase all things baby: clothes to cribs, toys to furniture. Both stores are pretty picky about what they accept, so make sure to have everything washed without stains, tears, or flaws.
This one requires quite a bit of work, but depending upon how much stuff you have to get rid of, could lead to a pretty big pay out. Simply price your items and set them up on tables in your yard or garage. Signs up around the neighborhood letting people know where and when the sale will be are always highly recommended. I also encourage putting up an ad on Craigslist or Facebook or perhaps even in the newspaper. Word of mouth will help draw traffic. Some cities do require a permit to have a garage sale, so be sure to check out the rules before doing so! I’ve had sales where I did all the work and only made a few bucks (totally heartbreaking) but then I’ve also done the same amount of work and brought in hundreds in a day. Location, weather, the type of items that you have, other events in your area at the same time, etc can all play a big part in turnout. If you’ve got enough stuff though, I highly recommend giving this option a try!
Just Keep Cleaning
When I’m working on cleaning my house, I use a basket system. I have a basket that I throw all the trash in (commonly referred to as a trash can). Then there is the basket for all of the items that I will donate. And my favorite of all is the basket of the items that I will try to sell. As I go from room to room, I examine each item that we no longer need, want or use and figure out which basket it goes into. Because, while I don’t use it anymore, if it is still in good enough condition, someone else might want to. No matter which basket you put your things in, just keep cleaning!
Do you know of other places to sell your old items? Please let me know if you do!
I’m always looking on different ways to get paid to get rid of my junk!
Have fun cleaning!