If you’re looking for ways to get cash for stuff you no longer need or want, there are a number of options both online and locally where you could earn top dollar. You just need to know where to look. Here are the best places to get rid of your old stuff for the best price.
Check BookScouter, where more than 30 used book vendors will compete to buy your books. Just input the ISBN number (either a 10- or 13-digit number on the book itself) to find out which book buyer, if any, is interested in what you have and is willing to pay the highest price.
Decluttr buys books, too. Decluttr is the easiest way to make quick cash for your highly desirable used books. The site accepts hardbacks and paperbacks, used textbooks, and children’s books, too. Know going in that Declutter buys books that have a high degree of desirability and they offer a price that will allow them to re-sell them for a profit. It’s certainly worth checking out.
Another option is to list your books on eBay, a large marketplace for used books, or consider selling to used bookstores in your area. Just know that means you’ll need to take the books to the store, offer them to the proprietor who will need time to go through what you have to offer, and then more than likely lug about half of them to the next bookstore (or back home). If you enjoy visiting used bookstores, you may find this to be a fun way to spend a day or two, depending on what you have.
Sort your best clothes, pull out the gems, and sell them to a consignment store, at ThredUp, or through eBay. If you have vintage pieces, list them on Etsy. But first, make sure your items are impeccably stain-free and clean. It’s important for tags to be intact that show the brand, size, fabric content, and laundering instructions. If these tags are missing, do your best to describe what you know about the item and attach that information on a note.
Group the rest that you are unable to sell as above into lots (12 child T-shirts, for example) and post them in an ad on Craigslist, on Facebook Marketplace, or in your local classifieds. Sell what’s left in a yard sale.
Sell gently used sports equipment to a used re-sell sports shop like Play It Again Sports. Or post fliers on the bulletin boards where you or your child go to work out or for practice. Sell all remaining items to a pawnshop, on Craigslist, or through your local classifieds.
Furniture Antiques Collectibles
Sell pieces of exceptional quality on consignment or at auction (online or off). Or search your local area for auctions and furniture consignment stores.
List good-quality pieces in local newspapers classifieds or on Craigslist. Sell lower-quality or less desirable items at a yard sale or estate sale. A
Another option for pieces you are not able to sell on your own is to approach a specialty antique dealer who deals in specific eras or types of collectible furniture and furnishings. It will cost you a fee and perhaps a percentage of the sale price to go through a dealer, but what you earn is more than you will net should donate these items to Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Sell older electronic items on eBay, Craigslist, or the classifieds of your local newspaper. You can sell older but still usably functional at a garage sale. Just make sure you can demonstrate their functionality. If you’re looking to sell vintage electronics, eBay is a good place to start. You could also check out Best Buy or another retailer if you’re looking to recycle them.
Video Games DVDs
If you have vintage, (read: highly desirable) collectible video games and DVDs, list them on eBay, Craigslist, GameStop, Declutter or through an ad in your local area. But first, do some research to find out where similar items are available for sale so you can set your price competitively without under-valuing. If you price them too low, it will look as if what you have is mediocre. Check this article for the top sites that will buy your video games and DVDs. Hint: Declutter is #1 on the list.
Sell highly sought-after items on Facebook Marketplace (one of the best online places to sell stuff locally and to ship as well), on consignment in a shop near you, on eBay, or through Craigslist, Sell everything else at a yard sale, where you will need to price these items well below what you may think they are worth. (Reminder to self: Remember this the next time you are tempted to load up on all kinds of cute, holiday-specific, or otherwise delightful housewares at HomeGoods or TJMaxx.)
Sell non-working, broken appliances to a local recycling center for scrap (hey, it’s not much but every dollar counts), or list them on eBay. Or consider donating your old appliances to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, another charity, or a local charity’s thrift store, if you are unable to sell them. You should be able to get a tax receipt for the market value of said items, which might go to reduce the amount of tax you will owe on your next Federal tax return if when you itemize.
First, get an appraisal for “insurance purposes” from a reputable jeweler so you have an idea of what your piece(s) might be worth based on its content—gold, silver, platinum, precious stones. Then sell them through eBay, at auction, or to that dealer or jewelry store. If you should do the latter, make sure you get another appraisal or two from other similar dealers or stores. For the lesser pieces, look to a local consignment shop or list them on eBay.
Consider the costume jewelry for your next yard sale. If you take the time to clean the pieces and display them in a creative, compelling way you may be surprised by what you can get for them. Just keep your flexible hat on. You will get a variety of “would you take [fill-in-the-blank]?” kinds of offers. Remember you don’t have a lot to lose here, so take what you can get.
Reverb is a great online place to sell—and buy—vintage masterpieces and gently used musical instruments of every kind. Audio equipment, too.
Or let the band directors at area middle schools and high schools know you have an instrument for sale. Parents who will be looking for alternatives to buying a new instrument that their child who may or may not use that horn or violin beyond a semester or two. If that fails, as a last resort, you can always sell your instrument(s) to a pawnshop or music store.
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