I come from a wide range of “dejunkere”. We are the people who constantly scan their homes for items that have not been used for a while – and throw them out.
But when I married a graduate student and we were living on a marginal income, I realized that some of the things I had thrown away in the past were quite valuable.
I’ve learned that it’s really worth selling some things rather than just buying them. It allows me to earn – and save – cash. Besides, it feels good to see things I no longer need to go to a new home instead of the landfill.
Consider the following types of things that you may not have realized were worthwhile – and learn some of the best places to sell them.
In the past, I just shoved my old cell phones, computers, and tablets into a closet until I junked them. Now I sell them online.
You can also do this through sites like Gazelle. Various retailers — from Amazon to chains in brick — also certainly buy used electronics, as we describe in “9 Stores That Pay You for Your Mess.”
If your old electronics are in too bad a condition to be worth cash, you can try taking them to a store that gives you a credit or discount on a future purchase in exchange for reusing your unwanted phone or computer. To learn more, see “9 Dealers Who Reward You for Recycling”.
Yes, libraries and charities may welcome your donation of used books. However, if you have textbooks, first editions, or volumes from popular authors, you may be able to sell them online or at a local second-hand bookstore.
For example, the Amazon Trade-In program accepts books. The chain Half Price Books also buys books.
Tip: The BookScouter website can help you figure out which buyer is giving you the best price for a given book that you want to sell.
3. Gift certificate
We have all received gift cards for shops or restaurants that we do not plan to download. Sure, you can give them away, but why not sell them for cash?
You can do just that through gift card exchanges such as Raise. They are online marketplaces through which you can sell your unwanted gift cards to people who are willing to buy them at a discount.
You do not get the full value – e.g. $ 90 or $ 95 for a gift card worth $ 100. But you get the payment in cash.
I was surprised to find a real demand for my old appliances – including refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer.
One guy who bought one was a landlord looking for appliances for studio apartments. But other buyers — including a woman who would always have a refrigerator side by side but could not afford a new one — would just upgrade their appliances.
This is an example where you may need to rely on Craigslist for sale, especially for large appliances that would be too expensive to ship. But do not forget other sites and apps that can connect you with potential buyers in your area, such as Facebook Marketplace, Letgo and OfferUp.
5. Designer handbags and clothes
I had a bit of an obsession with designer handbags a few years back, but now I rarely wear them.
Instead of having them sit unused on a cupboard shelf, I sell them on the Bag Borrow or Steal website. The site verifies that the accessories are authentic designer goods — not knock-offs — and pay well.
Other shipping locations for luxury goods include RealReal and Style Alert by Material World.
Some generalized online shipping sites for clothing and accessories – such as Swap.com and thredUP – also buy and sell designer brands and other brand names.
How often do you see someone using a standalone calculator these days with smartphones equipped with these devices and more? Unless you work with engineers, economists, or mathematicians, it’s like seeing a unicorn. But as it turns out, there is a market for calculators.
Before throwing away your old calculator, check CalculatorSource.com to determine how much the site can pay for it.
7. Toys for children
You can sell all kinds of toys from board games to dolls and action figures – especially if they are still in original packaging.
Consider putting them up for sale on eBay, or try selling them directly and locally on Craigslist or via Facebook Marketplace, Letgo or OfferUp.
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