8 Ways to Turn Your Junk into Money

It’s that time of the year again – winter’s almost over and spring is upon us.  And that can only mean one thing; it’s time for some spring cleaning.  For anyone who is looking to declutter a little bit, I suggest that you take time looking through your unwanted belongings and see if you can still make money out of it.  Yeah, there’s no better way to get rid of old stuff than turning your junk into cash.

To get you started, here are 8 ways to sell your unwanted possessions to earn money on the side.

1. Organize a community sale, yard sale or sell at a local market.

Nothing beats the old school way of selling items – both new and old.  Get together with your neighbors, friends or family and organize a community sale.  This way, there will be more items that will attract potential buyers.  Make use of social media to advertise the event and post it on your local message board or neighborhood community page if you have one.

2. Put it up for auction.

This is a great option for large items, collectibles and novelty items that are in good condition.  The only down side is that you have no control over the final sale price.  Here’s a list of the Top 10 Auction Sites according to Top Ten Reviews.

3. Sell it on Craigslist.

Unlike other sites like Amazon and eBay, Craigslist allows you to sell your items directly to the seller through the site.  Basically, it’s just an American classified advertisements websites with different sections like jobs, services, gigs, housing, items for sale, etc.  The only concern here is your safety.  Make sure that the meet-up location is in a public place and avoid giving personal and financial information.  Here’s a helpful article about how you can buy and sell safely on Craigslist.

4. Sell on Amazon and eBay.

If you want the site to handle will handle the pick-up, packing, listing and shipping, you can put your items for sale on Amazon Marketplace and eBay.com.

Where to Sell Old Stuff Online?  Amazon vs Craigslist vs eBay

5. Use Social Media.

Social Media sites like Facebook and Instagram have become a platform for selling brand new and pre-loved items.  Using popular hashtags is a great way to attract potential buyers.

6. Amazon Trade In Program

Turn in your used items for Amazon Gift Cards.  With the Amazon Trade-in Program, you can trade items such as phones, Kindle readers, tablets, electronics, video games, books, DVDs, CDs and more.  Click here to know more about the program.

7. Use Book-Buying websites.

Selling old books have now become easier, thanks to online book buying and selling services like BookScouter, BookFinder and Textbooks.com to name a few.

8. Sell clothes on Poshmark & Thredup.

Use Poshmark and Thredup to create a digital online store where potential buyers can shop your new and pre-loved fashion pieces.  But unlike Poshmark, Thredup doesn’t allow you to sell directly to other shoppers.  You have to send in your items first and the company will pick out the pieces that they will accept.

So there you have it, the different ways to make money out of your used and unwanted stuff.

About Toni Marie

Toni is a regular contributing author on Guest Money Blog. In addition to writing about money topics, she also likes to write about relationships and health.
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