The majority of us are probably hoarding items in our house that could probably be better off in the hands of someone else. This could include anything from an old phone to an unwanted birthday present to an attic’s worth of inherited furniture. And then there are the serious hoarders that could quite happily sell half their belongings and not miss half of them.
You can throw these items in the trash, recycle them or even give them away for free. But why not make some money from them if you can? Who knows – you may be sitting on a couple hundred pounds that you could be spending elsewhere. For those excited by the prospect, here are the places that will turn your clutter into cash.
There are all kinds of places to sell online from popular sites like Amazon to local buy and sell pages on Facebook. Selling online requires paying for packaging (unless you’re meeting the buyer in person) but can be a great way of catering to a broader market.
Certain items may require you to provide certain proof of the condition. Say I wanted to sell my iPad – a buyer or site may ask to provide a photo of the appliance turned on and working, before committing to a sale. Generally a few photos are always good for showing a buyer that there aren’t any hidden faults.
Pawn shops are more of a form of loan than payment, but have the benefit that you can get the item back providing no-one buys it. Some pawn shops may offer you the opportunity to permanently sell the item, but it may be at a lower cost than you can get elsewhere. As emergency option this is a good road to take – just make sure you only lend items you can afford to lose.
Hold a yard sale
A yard sale allows you to charge the prices you want for no cost at all. Simply set up a table outside your home with a big sign saying ‘yard sale’ and you should attract some passers-by. Those that live in a busy neighbourhood are more likely to get sales this way. Always check local laws to see if you’re allowed to sell on the premises.
Visit flea markets
Flea markets are a chance to sell literally any tat you have in your house. You can set your own prices and may not even need to worry too much about quality. You will have to pay to rent a stall, so bear this in mind and try to avoid any markets that charge a sales tax on top.
Auctions are another great way to make money on an item. Get lucky and people may bid highly for it. For antiques, always get them assessed by an antique dealer first and then visit a specialist auction where you’re likely to have an audience that know your product. There are no advance charges for an auction and you will only have to pay a small fee if your item doesn’t sell.