Friday, August 2, 2013

Making Money Off Your Unwanted Junk

Anyone who’s ever had a little one knows, not only are they growing physically at a rapid pace, but their interests often change just as fast. At least once every couple of months I like to go through my kids rooms and clean out what no longer fits and what’s no longer played with. The only downside is I often need to replace everything I’m getting rid of. If its clothing or shoes they’ve outgrown, they’ll need new. If it’s toys or video games that no longer hold their attention, it won’t be long until they’re asking for the next new thing. As you can imagine, this can be quite expensive – especially with four kids.

Making Money From Unwanted Junk
Photo by Grant Hutchinson
Post written by me on behalf of Music Magpie all opinions are my own.
Over the years I’ve learned that there is money to be made from what we no longer need, providing us with the cash for replacements. 

The most common way to turn your old stuff into a profit is by having a garage sale. Garage Sales require planning, time and willingness to bargain. While not a bad option, it’s not one I often have the time for.

Auction sites have been a long time favorite of mine for both shopping and selling. But if you’re not already a member and seller on these sites, it can take a little time to establish yourself as reputable and of course you’re responsible for packaging and shipping each item you sell in a timely matter.  The positive to auction sites, however, is the benefit of reaching a large market. Even if your item is broken, listing it as so might fetch you bids from someone in the repair market business or someone looking for spare parts/pieces.

For large items that may be too big (and costly) for shipping you may find local online forums, a valuable option.  These forums are gaining popularity in form of Facebook groups. Try searching for “Sale/Wanted” groups in your area.

You can sell music and books on Amazon, or use musicMagpie to get rid of CDs, DVD’s and video games you no longer want. Just enter the bar code of the items you wish to sell and the site will give you their value per item. If you agree to their price you can box up your items and musicMagpie will even supply you with a label to ship your items free of cost! This is a service my husband prefers to take advantage of.

Have you ever utilized any of these options for making a few spare dollars? Do you have any other tip or tricks for selling items that are no longer of use to you?


Sandy VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I use to do ebay and sell clothing my daughter or grandson had no longer needed. I'd like to do that again soon since she has collected so many things and has lots of clothes she no longer wears. I once bought a mandolin at a garage sale for $5.00 and sold it on ebay for $300. That was awesome and I was so excited. It was an antique.
I didn't know about the musicMagpie site for getting rid of items. We have tons of them as well just sitting in a closet.

Janet W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My daughter used to sell her college textbooks on Amazon and made a lot of money back for them. Saved us a fortune during that time.

Mer said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

There's nothing like making money off of clutter! I like selling back on amazon, and I have a yard sale every so often.

Eileen McDonald said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wasn't aware of a few of these selling sites. I will be looking into them.

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