If you’re like most people, you’ve got stuff you no longer love or use that’s just taking up valuable space in your home, right? What if you could quickly declutter your closets and drawers and make a little extra cash at the same time?
Forget about having a yard sale. There are much easier ways to turn clutter into cash – if you know where to look. Here are a few of my favorite online options for selling popular items right now with the least amount of time and effort.
Cell phones and electronic gadgets – Whether you’ve got a drawer full of old cell phones or you’re upgrading to the new iPhone, I recommend getting a quote from a company called Decluttr. They consistently offer top dollar for phones – even more than your cell phone carrier or manufacturer. For example, they’re currently paying up to $455 for iPhones. But it’s not just iPhones they accept. You can also sell your Android, Blackberry, or Windows phone plus iPads, tablets, and gaming consoles. And right now, they’re offering an extra 10% cash for first-time sellers when you use the coupon code FIRST10 (through 09/30/17 at 23:59 EST). They pay for shipping your item to them and you’ll get paid the very next day. Click here for an instant quote on your cell phone!
NOTE: For your protection, delete all personal data from your phone before selling. If you don’t know how to do that, the good people at Decluttr will help you.
CDs, DVDs, Video Games – Ding, ding, ding! Decluttr is also my favorite pick for great prices, free insured shipping and next day payments on CDs, DVDs, and video games. Download the free app to quickly scan the bar codes on your items and get a quote. (Sorry, that extra 10% coupon code is for tech items only.)
Books – Decluttr buys books, too! But SellBackYourBook is another one of my favorite book trade-in sites because they also offer good prices, free shipping, and payment within 3 business days. And it’s a very user-friendly site. You can enter up to 20 ISBNs at a time (an ISBN is like a serial number for books). Or, if you have a smartphone, you can use the SellBackYourBook app to scan the ISBNs instead of having to enter all the digits.
NOTE: I once sent a box to another company that was destroyed in shipping and all but one book was lost. When shipping books, use a very sturdy box, plenty of packing material as filler and to protect book edges, and good quality packing tape. Also be sure to insure your package!
Clothing – Cash in on your gently used clothing! All clothing should be freshly cleaned and pressed or steamed if needed and in excellent condition. I have a friend who frequently consigns her clothing to Swap.com. It’s free to ship your items. Swap.com will let you know what items they can accept. Then they will price and list your clothes on their site. When your items sell, you get paid. Swap.com accepts clothing for men, women, and children as well as toys and games for babies and kids. If any of your items are not accepted, you have 14 days to choose if you want to have the items shipped back to you for $5.99, or have them donate the items. Remember that the more current your items, the more likely they are to be accepted and sold.
NOTE: Please read Swap.com’s acceptance policy carefully before sending items as they do charge a fee if 40% or more of the shipment is unacceptable.
Housewares – Replacements Ltd buys china, stoneware, glassware, silver, stainless, and collectibles to resell to customers who are looking for replacements for sets. If you have a popular pattern that is in high demand, you might get a good price here. Keep in mind that you will need to pay to ship items to their facility in North Carolina. Be sure to pack your items carefully and insure your package for current retail value. AntiqueCupboard buys sterling silver flatware and hollowware and pays shipping up to $50.
Gift cards – Okay, gift cards don’t take up a lot of room in your home. But why hold on to a gift card you’re not likely to use? Did you know that you can sell gift cards? I recommend comparing bids from multiple re-sellers at GiftCardGranny. Enter information for the card you want to sell (even if it’s partially used!) and get instant offers from several gift card re-sellers. Choose to receive cash or earn maximum value by trading for another gift card.
If you’ve got clutter, you’re richer than you think! For more tips on how to cash in on your clutter, check out my book How to Declutter and Make Money Now.
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