Sell Your Stuff

Declutter for Dollars

A popular and profitable option for parting with unwanted items is to sell your stuff.  Hopefully during the purging process you identified items you wish to sell and separated them from the rest of your belongings. 

Now it’s time to determine the best method for exchanging your used items for cash.  There are a variety of options available to you.  These include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

Online Options

Amazon Marketplace

The most obvious benefit of selling items through the Amazon Marketplace is the visibility it offers.  Your stuff is literally available to tens of millions of shoppers who visit Amazon.com daily.  You wont get that kind of exposure at a garage sale! 

Selling from the Amazon Marketplace is a pretty straight forward process.  Once youre set up and all your products are listed, you receive an email notification if an item sells.  You ship directly to the buyer, and Amazon deposits the money for the sale in your account. 

Amazon charges no listing fees.   Depending on how many items you are selling, you can either pay a per-item fee ($0.99 if you’re selling less than 40 items/month) or a monthly fee ($39.99 if you’re selling more than 40 items/month). 

Amazon Trade-in

Another option available through Amazon.com is trade-in. You can now trade-in all sorts of items (DVDs, CDs, video games, electronics, textbooks) in exchange for an Amazon.com gift card.  The process is simple.  Click on the banner below for details (affiliate link).  


Buy My Stuff

This site offers an easy, hassle-free way to sell your stuff.  You simply post items you want to sell and wait for someone to buy them.  No need to keep re-posting an item if it doesn't sell within a certain time frame. 

Craigslist

Craigslist is the largest classified ads website in the world.   To sell your stuff on Craigslist, simply open an account, post a picture of your item, add a description, and provide contact information.  You can offer your stuff locally or appeal to a wider audience.  My brother-in-law sold his truck in a couple of hours using Craigslist.  It can be a very effective tool.

Safety Concerns

Please be very careful when it comes to meeting with potential buyers; set up a safe (preferably public) meeting place to make your sale.  If the item you are selling is too big to transport to a public location easily, make sure someone else is home with you when the buyer comes to pick up their purchase. 

eBay

EBay is the largest online auction site in the world.  Its relatively easy to sell items through eBay.  They offer tons of information to help you get started.  Fees are charged for posting items whether or not the items sell.  These fees are sometimes waved or reduced during promotional offers.  Buyers generally pay shipping costs which the seller sets when posting an item. 

Given its popularity and the vast array of items offered on this site, its an excellent option for earning money from your unwanted stuff. 

Thred Up (Clothing and Accessories)

Request a Clean Out Bag and fill it with like-new, in-style women's, junior's and children's clothing and accessories.  The bag comes with a pre-addressed, pre-paid shipping label (free) which you can use to mail it once it's full.  A determination will be made regarding the value of your clothing. Receive up to 80% of the resale value of your clothing in the form of shopping credit or cash (via PayPal).  Clothing that does not meet Thred Up standards is either donated to charity or textile recycling companies.  If you want rejected clothing back, they will mail it to you for a $12.99 shipping fee. 


Traditional Options

Local Consignment Shops

Consignment shops are second-hand stores that sell used goods on behalf of their owners.  The seller signs a contract to leave items at the shop (usually for a certain period of time).  The items remain at the shop until they sell or the seller retrieves them.  The seller retains ownership of all items until they sell.  Proceeds from the sale are split between the consignment shop and the owner of the item according to a pre-arranged percentage. 

The benefit of using a consignment shop to sell your stuff is that the stuff is kept at the store until it sells rather than taking up valuable space in your home while you wait for someone to purchase it online.  

Garage Sales

Garage sales are a tried and true way to sell your stuff.  They remain extremely popular despite the many online options listed above.  Many bargain hunters make a hobby of garage-saling. 

One benefit of a garage sale over more modern means of selling is the fact that you are able to part with all (or most) of your used stuff at one time.  

Whereas, with the online options listed here, you have to hold onto items until they sell and then mail them off individually to different buyers - not the best way to declutter your home since all that stuff has to go somewhere until it sells. 

Recommended Reading

For tips on making your garage sale a success click on the image below.

Sell Your Stuff 


Sell your stuff through one of the many online options available, stick with a tried and true traditional method like a garage sale, or utilize a combination of the two.  Whichever method you decide to use to sell your stuff, I wish you happy earning!



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