Sunday, September 09, 2018

Making Money from Your Old Junk

Most of us have a terrible habit of letting stuff build up around our homes. We keep things that we no longer use and hold on, hopefully, to clothes that no longer fit. We tuck broken appliances and tools into the back of cupboards, and we put read books on shelves, regardless of whether or not we are ever likely to reread them. Most of us hold on to this clutter until we redecorate or move to a new house, then we have a clear out.
Well, all this clutter is terrible. It can make your home look messy, give dust a place to settle and grow, and cause tripping and fire hazards. But, that’s not all. Having a cluttered home can also mean that you are literally sitting on a fortune. You might be struggling to pay bills or getting into debt, while surrounded by your old junk that could make you money. Remember, your old junk might well be someone else’s treasure. Here’s what you need to do if you want to make money from the stuff lying around your house that you no longer need or want.

Sort it Out

The first thing that you need to do is have a good sort out. Some of your junk will be just that, and you might even need help from if there’s a lot of it. So, spend some time decluttering, sorting what you want from what you don’t want, and the rubbish from what can make you money.

Sell Online

Perhaps the easiest way to make a lot of money is selling old goods online. There are plenty of online sales sites and apps that you can use to quickly sell your old products, with just a brief description and a few photographs. Old electricals, clothes and homeware sell particularly well, and you might find that you can make money selling things like phones and tablets even if they no longer work, just make sure you list them correctly. Check out for the best places to sell online.

Donate Old Clothes

Some stores will give you money, or store credit if you donate your old clothes. It’s often a set amount for a certain weight. If you’ve got a lot of old clothes, that aren’t in excellent condition, this can be better than trying to sell them online.

Have a Yard Sale

Selling online can be tough. If you aren’t sure that things will sell, or you’re uncertain about value, online sales can be tricky. Another option is a yard sale. This can be especially good if you want a big clear out, without the hassle of arranging postage or collection. Advertise your sale with posters and on social media and make sure you display things well. Offer deals if people want to buy more than one product to increase sales.

Get it Valued

You never know what you are going to find when searching through your attic. If you see something that you think could be worth something, don’t just sell it online, get it valued first. Offer it to antique dealers who might be interested, or at least list it online with its true value.
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