Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle: Tips for Selling Unwanted Items

Ever get that feeling that you’re drowning in things you don’t need or want?  Do you open cupboards and closets and wonder where all clutter comes from? If you’re looking for some simple ways to clear out your space and maybe even make some fast cash (and who isn’t?), take a look around your house and you might just see your next mortgage payment or rent check. And if you don’t have enough stuff for a full-fledged garage sale (but if you do, check out our last post on how to have a successful one!), here are a few ways to buy and sell items you no longer need.

  1. Auction It Off: For decades (yes, decades!) people have been using eBay to buy and sell collectibles, jewelry, in-demand toys and even half-eaten pieces of food!
  2. Sell Online: Websites and apps are popping up every day making it easier than ever to sell gently used items around your house, from designer handbags and shoes to old bicycles, furniture, cellphones and tablets. Many of the sites will even send you shipping labels and packaging materials, making the process quick and painless.  Here is a roundup of nine websites that will take unwanted stuff off your hands and hand you back a nice stash of cash.
  3. Sell in Person: Thrift stores and consignment shops can be found in just about every city and are the gold-standard when it comes to selling gently used items and perhaps buying something new at a deep discount. Take a look at this post we put together earlier this year for six great tips for taking the thrift store by storm.
  4. Donate: For all of the items that need to go but aren’t quite up to snuff for a formal sale, the easiest and fastest way to move forward (without tossing them in the trash) is to take everything to your neighborhood donation center. Whether it’s Goodwill, The Salvation Army or a local homeless shelter, there’s always a demand for items – including clothes, socks and blankets (always in high demand), shoes and accessories – in less than perfect condition.

For more great ideas to keep your spring (and all seasons) clutter-free and eco-friendly, stay connected with the Just Energy blog! And make sure to like Just Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Sources:

http://www.justenergy.com/blog/tips-for-a-successful-garage-sale/
http://time.com/4017026/ebay-20th-anniversary-weirdest-sales/
http://www.cbsnews.com/media/9-sites-you-havent-heard-of-for-selling-your-stuff-online/
http://www.justenergy.com/blog/tips-for-taking-the-thrift-store-by-storm/

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