If your kids were at sleep away camp all summer, you are probably as relaxed as can be. But the rest of us are exhausted after weeks of managing complex social calendars, juggling different day camps and keeping our kids otherwise entertained. Sending the kids back to school is a welcome break, and it may even offer us some free time to tackle neglected tasks around the house. Imagine that!
So, if you have piles of clothes the kids have outgrown, outdated devices or things you’ve collected over the years that are just gathering dust, here’s how to get rid of – and earn cash from – those unwanted items.
Selling your collectibles
Sell on: EBay and Amazon Marketplace
You can sell anything from china to American Girl dolls via these sites. On either platform, you create a listing where you post photos, describe the item and set a price. When a buyer agrees to your price, you ship them the item.
Selling your stuff locally
Sell on: Craigslist, LetGo and Facebook Marketplace
Using these sites, people commonly sell secondhand items to people in their community. Common items are furniture, musical instruments and machinery. You photograph and list your items, set or suggest your price and meet your customers to exchange merchandise for funds. Craigslist has been around the longest so it’s far bigger than the others, but check them all out – they all have features that make them unique. Be sure to meet your buyer somewhere that is secure – you are meeting a stranger after all!
Selling your used clothing
Thredup does all the work for you – they send you a postage-paid bag to fill, photograph everything and even pay you in advance of selling anything. You earn less on ThredUp, so if you want to earn more and are willing to do a little legwork, try Swap. Both platforms also sell kids’ clothes, but if you’re only selling kids’ clothes, designer duds, try MyKidsThreads, which specializes in this category.
Selling your old electronics
Sell on: Decluttr
For those smartphones and tablets you’ve moved on from and those video games the kids have outgrown, use Decluttr. With the Decluttr.com or the Decluttr app, you enter the make and model or scan the bar code of each item to find out what it’s worth. When you’re ready to sell, you ship the items with the pre-paid shipping label and once the items arrive as described, you get paid.
Selling your old diamonds and jewelry
Sell on: Worthy
Whether you have a diamond ring to sell from a former marriage from a former marriage or an estate piece that’s not your taste, this luxury online auction facilitates every step of the way; from getting an unbiased grading report, to the professional photography of your gem. The Worthy auction brings together a curated community of professional buyers to bid on your item so you get the very best price.
Selling almost anything online
Sell on: Mercari
From beauty products to toys, you can sell just about anything you don’t want on Mercari. Once an item sells, you’ll receive a pre-paid shipping label to ship the item to your buyer. Once your buyer receives and rates the item, you get paid!
Selling random items online
If you saw my Rachael Ray segment on how to sell things like empty toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, old dentures and used baby bottles, you know that there is a market for almost anything! You can even sell broken things, like china and crayons. Your buyers will mostly be crafters and artists, who use these items for projects. If you happen to have a stash of something – or want to start one – have a look at these sites for a sense of what these items are selling for and set your pricing accordingly.
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