If you’re cleaning up your home this spring, don’t just throw things away. Make money from spring cleaning by selling things you no longer need or want. Below you will find my suggestions for where to sell used books, clothes, electronics and much more. I added five suggestions to avoiding a major headache when selling items.
- Clothes – If your clothes are in good condition try selling them at a local local flea market. This will be time consuming as you’ll have to find a local flea market and wait till an interested party approaches you. If you don’t have time for this, use sites like eBay and Smashion.com.
- Cell phones – If you have old cell phones lying around, try selling them on NextWorth.com. This website helps you sell, upgrade and/or recycle cell phones, iPods and video games.
- Electronics – Sell your old laptops, eReaders, MP3 players and calculators on YouRenew.com. The site will give you an estimate of how much you could get to sell your item. My old MP3 player is worth about $25.
- Books – There are a lot of sites to sell textbooks, but CKYbooks.com also buys fiction and nonfiction books. They pay for the shipping and later sell you a check. Cha-ching!
- Music instruments – Have old instruments at home you swore you’d learn to play on your own? Guilty. I have a keyboard that I’m not selling because I’m still in denial. But if you are looking to sell old instruments, try MusicGoRound.com. They will look at your equipment and give you an estimate. You will have to bring it in to a store so if you don’t live near one of their stores, call your local instrument store to see if they buy used items.
- Gold jewelry – Niconail suggest selling your unwanted jewelry at a pawn shop, but you may want to visit a local jewelry store first. Compare offers and maybe even use them to negotiate a better deal.
- Garage sale – If you live in a high traffic area and have a combination of valuable and everyday items, consider getting rid of everything at once with a garage sale. Whatever does sell, put in a box labeled FREE and post a note on Craigslist with a list of items that are curbside. You’ll be surprised how quickly everything goes! How to run a garage sale part 1 and part 2.
Here are five ways to protect yourself when selling your unwanted items and maximize your sells.
- Make sure you are selling your items to a reputable company.
- Try mailing your items instead of having the person pick them up at your place.
- If they need to pick up heavy items like furniture from your place, make sure to have a friend with you.
- Make your listings on websites as descriptive as possible and include photos. The more information you give a potential buyer, the more likely you are to sell the items. Buyers like to know why you are selling the item, original purchase price, and condition to start.
- If you end up donating the items, make sure to ask for a receipt so you can get a tax write off when you do your taxes.